Whatever happened to Green Day? Meltdown or artistic license gone mad?
At one time the band could not put a foot wrong taking their Beatloid take on cartoon punk into the hyper mainstream with clever, witty and well written songs. They played with a wit and a passion and Billie Joe Armstrong had a knack of writing one anthem after another.
They were assured stadium sellers and looked set for the long haul as tight and self contained in the super stadiums as they were for there first UK gig in Newport TJs when I introduced them onto the stage in my role as the host for the evening.
The last few months have seen some disturbing signs that things are not quite right in the camp. First there is the matter of the release of the three albums, cunningly entitled Uno, Dos and Tre which have been patchy. Each one contains good moments but like all these kind of triple album styled endeavors it would have made a great solo album.
There seems to be a lack of focus around the band, maybe they have been having to many ‘green days’ – the kind of dope smoke infused days that the band were named after.
Of course we totally salute any big band that takes a chance and does crazy, non linear stuff but Green Day seem to have lost the plot almost as much as their frontman, who has been having a torrid time of it later.
On the 2nd of that month, leader Billie Joe Armstrong had to be rushed to a hospital in Bologna, Italy with âgastric problems.â Then, on the 21st â the same day his band planed to begin releasing three full CDs over a five-month period â Armstrong had a full-on meltdown at the iHeartRadio Festival in Las Vegas. He cursed up a storm over the perception that the bandâs set had been cut short. The rest of the band clearly disagreed, because the next day they issued an apology for his hissy fit. Twenty-four hours later, they announced that Armstrong had checked into rehab for an unspecified substance abuse problem.
The band have cancelled all their touring for the rest of the year whilst sales of their three albums, released over a five month period have ben poor with Tres only charting at number 12- a comparative flop for a band who were on top of the world a couple of years ago.