Green Day's Mike Dirnt, Billie Joe Armstrong and TrÈ Cool. / Robert Deutsch, USA TODAY
Green Day, the smash '90s rock band, is discovering new audiences in 2010: on Broadway, where the group's hit album American Idiot is a Tony-winning musical, and on tour, where “you see 12-year-olds and 60-year-olds,” says frontman Billie Joe Armstrong. More from our chat with Green Day about the band's new millennium spin:
On being Broadway babies:
For the stage version of Am-erican Idiot, “there are people in the audience who would contemplate diving off the balcony into a mosh pit,” says Armstrong, 38.
On pleasing the parents:
Mike Dirnt's parents are “very supportive of what we do — but they've got their own lives, too,” says the bassist, 38. “I'll ask them to come out and see something, and it'll be, ‘I'm not getting on a plane!' ”
On starting a Rock Band:
The group just launched its own version of the popular video game. “I don't think all video games should involve holding a rifle and killing somebody,” says drummer Tré Cool, 37.