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Green Day kept their sense of community

Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong makes music to bring people together and form bonds.

Green Day focus on a sense of community a lot more than other bands.

The trio, formed of Billie Joe Armstrong, Tre Cool and Mike Dirnt, are back in the spotlight with their new album Revolution Radio and have already planned tours to promote the record. After a seven-year break from the charts, little has changed when it comes to the group’s outlook and ethics on making music, with frontman Billie insisting that’s what sets them apart from other artists.

“I don’t think a lot of the bigger pop-punk of punk rock bands have the focus on community that we do,” he told Rock Sound magazine. “The difference between us and them is that we know that music is a place where people come together and forge tight bonds. It’s about ‘zines (magazines) and letting bands sleep on your floor. We’ve never lost that, no matter what anyone might say.”

Billie added that Green Day is now the tightest its ever been, and returning to the band felt “phenomenal” for the musician, who feels confident that their new material will remind fans of the band’s identity.

It’s been a personal journey for Billie to get to where he is today too, having announced he was seeking treatment for substance abuse in 2012. He had a public breakdown on stage that year, smashing his guitar and walking off stage, but looking back the 44-year-old has mixed feelings about what happened.

“I don’t regret what I said especially, or how it happened, but I do regret how f**ked up I was,” he sighed. “I was on a lot of drugs and I have no real memory of that incident. In a weird way though it needed to happen, because I was burning the candle at both ends.”

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