Billie Joe Armstrong ready to tour again

By Kyle Anderson
March 08, 2013 at 05:00 AM EST

Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong, 41, is ready to take his recovery on the road. It’s been months since his expletive-filled meltdown on stage in Las Vegas landed him in outpatient rehab for alcohol and prescription-drug abuse. ”I was at my pill-taking height,” he recently told Rolling Stone, ”medicating the s— out of myself.” Now he and bandmates Mike Dirnt, Tré Cool, and Jason White are set to go full throttle. Following a trio of club shows, they’ll make their South by Southwest music-fest debut in Austin on March 15 — where they’ll play a set and unveil two documentaries. It’s all a run-up to their worldwide arena tour, which kicks off March 28 in Chicago and runs through mid-July. (The goal is to restart the buzz around the three albums they released last year — ¡Uno!, ¡Dos!, and ¡Tré! — which languished while the band was on promotional lockdown.) ”We’re going into this tour making sure we do everything we can where everybody feels healthy, safe, and happy,” Armstrong said. ”We’ll see what happens after that.”