Green Day have admitted that playing live will be "nerve-wracking" after front man Billie Joe Armstrong's stint in rehab.
Bassist Mike Dirnt said that the band are ready to hit the road again, after cancelling a string of dates while Armstrong recovered from alcoholism and pill addiction. "It's nerve-wracking playing ...these shows after Billie Joe's rehab," Dirnt told NME. "The s**t really hit the fan but we're ready to get the f**k out of home again." Talking about Armstrong's public breakdown on stage during a show in Las Vegas last September, Dirnt explained: "It was the first time in my life I've ever been in a position of being scared for my friend's life.
"We're a very close band. We don't want our personal lives in the tabloids, but this was as real as it gets.
He added: "I was shocked. The first thing I did the next day was call Billie and go, 'What the f**k, dude? You're in a bad place, you've got to get better'. and you know, he took it seriously. "You could sense it coming. That's the s**t thing, you knew something was going on but you don't know that's the reason his backpack would sound like a baby rattle when he put it on.
"We're a close band but it's personal s**t. You don't want to be like, 'Hey man, what are you doing?' You look around and everyone in the world is on pills and alcohol these days."
Green Day will headline this year's Reading and Leeds festivals in the UK in August, following a string of headline tour dates across the globe.