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Green Day Says a Heavy Workload Sent Billie Joe Armstrong Into Rehab


bassist MIKE DIRNT says singer BILLIE JOE ARMSTRONG'S substance abuse issues were brought on by the heavy workload they took on earlier this year, which included recording three albums at the same time.

He says, "Hindsight is 20 / 20, it was a tremendous undertaking.  It catches up with you a little bit, although we were having fun, we didn't take our nose out of the book for a long time.  We definitely just jumped off a moving train.  There were signs of things hitting the fan.  We hadn't slept in forever and Billie had definitely had the worst of it . . . at the end of the day when we got off the road the most important thing was my friend's life."  (Apparently, Mike isn't afraid to use a cliché or two to get his point across . . . he was on quite a roll there.)

Mike adds that Billie Joe is currently in a "heavy duty" treatment program, and there's no timetable for his return yet.