Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong has said in a new interview with the BBC that the punk trio will be taking an extended period of time off in 2014. Armstrong explained, “We’re going to Australia, doing a tour there and then we’re going to take a break. We haven’t really been doing much. So it’s just nice to kind of do some other things, y’know, when we get ready to do Green Day again, our batteries will be charged.”
- Green Day returned to touring in 2013, following Armstrong’s much-publicized onstage meltdown at a September 2012 festival in Las Vegas and subsequent trip to rehab.
- The group’s late 2012 release of three new albums — Uno!, Dos! and Tre! — failed to catch fire commercially, however.
- Armstrong, meanwhile, has branched out into other projects, writing a new musical for Yale’s Shakespearean Theater, landing a role in the indie film Like Sunday, Like Rain, and teaming up with Norah Jones for Foreverly, an Everly Brothers tribute disc that was released last week.
- He’s also still attached to the possible film version of American Idiot, the hit Broadway musical that was based on Green Day’s acclaimed 2004 concept album.