Because I’m largely out of touch with the current "pop" world (or whatever it’s called nowadays) it’s always been difficult for me to appreciate where Green Day fit into the world. I mean, I know they must be big, because I see phrases like "one of the biggest bands on the planet", and they play places like Wembley Stadium, but to me they’re just my favourite band, a bunch of guys I've grown to love very much, who happen to be successful and quite well-known.
So it’s rather weird and sad that it’s taken a bad-news story to make me understand how big this band really are. Billie Joe "had a meltdown", or as I would put it, "seems to have cracked under the strain" on stage the other night; the story has been put out that he's going into rehab and obviously we’ve been anxiously discussing things on fan sites, as you would. But this morning, googling to see if there’s any updates, I find that everyone - the BBC, the Daily Mail ffs - everyone’s got the story.
See, to me, it’s not "news", if that makes sense - it’s information about people I love. So I’m finding it really strange that to the rest of the world what’s happening to Billie is big news. And that’s how I’ve finally come to realise how big Green Day really are - because the fucking Daily Mail has the story.