Green Day's Billie Joe on performing sober: 'It's intoxicating to feed off that adrenaline'
Green Day's Billie Joe has revealed that performing live on stage sober is one of the most exhilarating experiences ever.
He told Q magazine that after spending years masking his anxieties with drink and drugs it has been refreshing to approach his craft with a new perspective and a clearer head:
"I love it. I was having all these crazy neurotic thoughts like, 'I hope I remember how to play guitar and how to sing', but then as soon as you get up there, it's just intoxicating to feed off the energy and adrenaline that's going on in the crowd, and to be able to remember it all afterwards."
He added: "I don't wanna get too deep into my drug of choice... I had to deal with the situation head-on, because the thing about getting sober is, like, if you don't do it the right way, you end up becoming a hermit and I definitely didn't wanna lead that kind of life. So I had to sort of expose myself and be raw, which was great. It was something I needed to do."
Green Day are confirmed to headline London's Hyde Park British Summer Time gig series on July 1 and tickets for this event are already on sale.
Watch the band in action below:
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