Billie Joe Armstrong Says He Freaked Out Before The First ‘Hella Mega’ Show

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Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong opened up about their ongoing tour’s first concert in Texas during his recent interview with Kerrang. After admitting that he felt very different before the live performance, the singer drew attention to the audience’s feelings and behaviors.

As the band announced in the previous year, Green Day’s Hella Mega Tour, featuring Fall Out Boy and Weezer, was initially planned to start in 2020. However, like many groups and musicians, they canceled some of their concerts and postponed the others to 2021 and 2022. The tour’s North American leg began on July 24, 2021, in Arlington, Texas, and it ended on September 6, 2021, in Seattle, at T-Mobile Park.

While Green Day is waiting to return to the stage for the European part of the Hella Mega Tour, which will start in Vienna on June 19, 2022, Billie Joe Armstrong recalled their show in Texas after almost two years break. The musician stated that being about to perform a live performance in this place was overwhelming for him initially, even though it wasn’t the first time the band had played in a stadium.

Armstrong highlighted that he freaked out and was very unsure about what would happen, which later became an unforgettable and unbelievable experience for them. The famous singer emphasized that the fans that came to watch them were as exciting as them, and they were grateful to be alive and listen to Green Day again. As can be understood from Billie Joe Armstrong’s words, the band will never forget those times.

Billie Joe Armstrong said in his interview that:

The crowd looked like this giant flock of birds freaking out. Coming offstage afterward, no one could believe what was happening with this shared experience for all of us. It was like that every single night. People were just grateful to be alive, to be around people again. It was awesome. We wanted to make it a special tour back in 2019, but when it ended up happening, it was an unbelievable experience.

We sound checked the day before, and I was so overwhelmed by the size of the place. It was like the first time I had ever played at a stadium in my life. Everyone, the crew, every single person, was completely overwhelmed because no one knew how this was going to go down. I was freaking out. Everyone was. We didn’t know what to think; the whole country had been through the wringer. Here we are starting in Texas.”

You can watch Green Day’s return to the stage below.