With almost a year passing since frontman Billy Joe Armstrong's Las Vegas stage outburst and the following rehab, Green Day bassist Mike Dirnt stated that the band has since recuperated and is now fully back on track.
During a chat with the Age, Dirnt stressed the importance of charging forward and working on new music. "It's pretty awesome right now," he said. "Before it was tense ... it was chaos [touring the world after] coming right out of recording ["Uno," "Dos" and "Tre"]."
The bassist explained further, "Now we've had time to let the dust settle and get our sh-t together, we're ready to tour and play. [But] we're going to take some breaks in between so we don't kill ourselves. It's important for this band to make more records."
Mike also focused on Armstrong's alcoholism issues, pointing out that health always comes first. "From a personal point of view, there were doubts [about our future, but] my friends' lives come before the band," he noted.
"As much as the band is part of our lives ... we have to be healthy mentally and physically and what we do on stage is not easy, it carries a lot of responsibility, and it carries a lot of physical stress and mental stress. At this point, [Green Day] is held to a higher bar than we would have been a long time ago."
Finally, Dirnt made it quite clear where his loyalty lies. "I feel a responsibility to be faithful to myself," he said. "If that sounds narcissistic, I know where I come from; I need to be who I am ... I keep one foot in the gutter. Sometimes, I want to put the other foot on a mountain. And I don't think there's anything wrong with that.
"[But] at the end of the day, I'm just a dirty white boy that wants to play his f--king music in whatever sh-tty fashion I can," the bassist concluded.