Rockers Green Day owe the success of their GRAMMY-winning album AMERICAN
IDIOT to thieves who stole the masters they were working on as their new
Frontman Billie Joe Armstrong admits the theft made him so angry he was
inspired to write some of his best material, which led to the group being
nominated for seven Grammys and picking up Best Rock Album last night
He says, "We were really p**sed but it ended up being good because we were
readying ourselves to go where we hadn't gone before."
The punk star was so annoyed he left his wife and kids for a month and
went on a hate-filled bender to find fresh inspiration.
He adds, "I drank a lot of red wine, and vodka tonics. I was searching for
something. I'm not sure it was the most successful trip."
On returning home, Armstrong caught TV news footage of the war in Iraq and
decided to write an album full of songs about his feelings for modern
But bassist MIKE DIRNT isn't fretting about the stolen tapes. In a message
posted on the group's website, he writes, "My only request is whoever's got
those songs, if you put it out, put a decent cover on it."