Better Than: This by 2,000 light years.
Credit: Kelly Schott
"Life is not fucking pretty right now. Believe me, I can testify to that shit." This was Billie Joe Armstrong's call to arms. Shouted in the middle of performing "Letterbomb," he wanted the audience to let go with him for just a couple of Sunday evening hours and live in the moment. Begging us to forget work, school, and the outside world, his request was as much a plea to help free each of us as it was one to help free him from the full weight of the aftermath of a very public meltdown.
It's difficult to forget what happened last fall at the I Heart Radio festival in Las Vegas, where Billie Joe traversed the fine line between rock star antics and some level of mental instability. Maybe that line has always been how much the world actually gets to see. Video of the incident spread quickly and suddenly, and the singer admitted to a struggle with addictions and demons that were never quelled. Now out of treatment, he has rejoined the band to make up for a series of postponed dates and lack of support for the trio of albums they released last year.More »