Green Day’s Mike Dirnt talks about Billie Joe Armstrong’s meltdown, pulls out of Voodoo festival

By Daniel S Levine,

Maybe recording three albums in five months, then hitting the road right away, wasn’t a good idea, even for veteran band Green Day. After the band’s frontman Billie Joe Armstrong was rushed to the hospital and suffered an onstage meltdown, bassist Mike Dirnt finally spoke out, noting that it may have been too much.

Dirnt appeared on BBC Radio 1, telling Zane Lowe that he hasn’t seen Armstrong “for weeks,” but noted that the group is going in "a good direction.”

“We'll be all right but thank god it was only what it was,” he added.

Dirnt blamed their packed schedule for Armstrong’s meltdown at last month’s iHeartRadio Music Festival. Just weeks before, Armstrong was rushed to the hospital in Italy.

“With hindsight 20/20 it was a tremendous undertaking,” Dirnt explained. “Although we were having fun we didn't take our nose out of the book for a long time. I think it catches up with you a little bit. We definitely just jumped off a moving train.”

He noted that the meltdown was a complete surprise to him and drummer Tre Cool. “There were signs of things hitting the fan...We hadn't slept in forever and Billie had definitely had the worst of it. He'd been going through his own struggles.”

He continued, “We were there with him but you can only handle things on your own. At the end of the day when we got off the road the most important thing was my friend's life."

After the meltdown, Green Day announced that they would be postponing shows, but no details were released. However, on Monday, they said that they would not be able to perform at the Voodoo Music + Arts Experience festival in New Orleans on Oct. 27.

“Canceling shows is something we rarely do,” Cool said in a statement, reports MTV News. “We never want to let our fans down, and we are grateful for all of you being understanding during this time.”

Green Day’s second of album of 2012, ¡Dos!, is due out on Nov. 13.



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