After a pretty rocky past six months, Green Day staged a massive comeback at the Moody Theater in Austin yesterday as part of the South by Southwest music festival. The focus was on the three new albums the band released at the end of 2012, but there were plenty of older favorites played as well.
After several months on the sidelines brought about by frontman Billie Joe Armstrong's visit to a drug and alcohol rehab center, Green Day returned to the stage Sunday (March 10) night in Pomona, Calif., with a 22-song set that was heavy on hits and light on material from their recent one-two-three punch of '¡Uno!,' '¡Dos!' and '¡Tré!'
"F--- the Network," Billie Joe Armstrong has said repeatedly when asked about the rumors that his famed punk trio, Green Day, was behind the Network, a mysterious New Wave band that emerged in 2003 wearing masks, going by bizarre nicknames and sounding a lot like Green Day ... if Green Day had gone New Wave. Armstrong and his band mates never admitted it, but their membership in the Network was an open secret until the group's final show, a 2005 gig opening for -- you guessed it -- Green Day.
Green Day singer Billie Joe Armstrong talks in the new Rolling Stone about the drug use that landed him in rehab last year, revealing that he used to carry so many prescription pills around that his "backpack sounded like a giant baby rattle." He also admits to using "prayer through meditation" to help stay sober.
Green Day have made a pair of documentaries and produced their own Broadway musical, and recently, they even announced plans to premiere a documentary about producing their own Broadway show. About the only thing left for the veteran punk trio to do is to be the subject of a big-screen, feature-length biopic. Sounds awesome as f---, but who would play Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt and Tre Cool? Check out our casting picks below.