My ultimate obsession: Billie Joe Armstrong.

This is the obsession that started them all. I’ve been a Green Day fan since I was 12. I’m now 31. So more than half my life I’ve been totally obsessed with the band, their music, and of course their fearless leader, Billie Joe Armstrong. (Yes, even in spite of recent events. What’s funny is how many of my friends asked me if I was OK after hearing the news! I am a die-hard fan. A little substance-induced-meltdown doesn’t change that! I’ve seen Billie play naked and light drums on fire. So what if he dropped a lot of f-bombs and smashed his guitar? I mean, they’re Green Day, not Bieber…)

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I have a feeling this post might make me sound a little crazy. Those of you who know me would probably agree that I am. Those of you who don’t know me, I hope I don’t scare you away! I know you might not get this one. Most people don’t. I get a lot of, really, Green Day? They’re still around? And yes, really. And I know I’m not alone.

Let’s break down the anatomy of this obsession. My grandmother bought me the Kerplunk CD in ’93. (Thanks, MomMom for buying me an “explicit lyrics” CD when my parents wouldn’t!) She also bought me Salt-n-Pepa’s Very Necessary. The Green Day obsession stuck. The S-n-P obsession did not. (Although I still know all the words to Shoop, but who doesn’t?) My first Green Day concert was in ’95, and my most recent was two weeks ago at an intimate show at Irving Plaza. I’ve seen them countless times in between, including a tiny 300 person Halloween Show (with another fave Joseph Gordon-Levitt in the crowd) and a few trips to American Idiot on Broadway.

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This post was almost impossible to write. I was stuck somewhere between saying way too much and not knowing what to say. I’m not sure I can actually explain this one. But to give you a glimpse of how deep my obsession runs, I think it’s actually the reason I started the blog. In fact, I used Billie Joe as a placeholder image in the Photoshop file for the blog. He’s also my iPhone backdrop. When we got a fire-proof safe for our home, my Green Day signed Converse and CDs were the first things to go in. I may or may not have washed the jacket I was wearing when I hugged him, like, 3 years ago. My punk princess alter ego wants to be a professional Green Day groupie. I used to record all their appearances on MTV onto a VHS tape which I labeled: Green Day Shrine. (I wonder if my parents still have that?) There’s a lot more, but I think you get the idea.

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Since this is a hottie post, and it’s already long enough, let’s get down to why I love Billie Joe. Beyond his looks and general rock star hotness. Beyond the guyliner and tats and skinny jeans and hair, no matter what color. I love all of that, and my love runs deep. (He was part of the same pre-teen hot guy wall as Christian Bale and Leonardo DiCaprio. So if nothing else, I’m a devoted fan!) Seeing Billie Joe live is what gets me every time. He really has the most amazing stage presence. He has SO much energy (it’s hard to believe he’s 40!) and he is truly at home on the stage. I love his voice and they way he interacts with the crowd, getting everyone all excited and rowdy. He’s charming and mesmerizing and I’m completely under his spell.

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All I can say is, I’m really lucky my husband gets me. Oh, and why wait to post this now? Their new album ¡Uno!, part of a trilogy of new albums, came out yesterday. You can also see Billie as a mentor on this season of The Voice.

So, please tell me someone out there gets it! I know there are plenty of crazed fans. I’ve met you! But, any of you reading this blog? What do you love about Billie and Green Day? 

Photos courtesy of Green Day Authority & Out.

12 responses to My ultimate obsession: Billie Joe Armstrong.

  • Paola Andrea

    posted on 9.26.12 at 12:21 pm

    01

    love it, is all i can say, GD is my obssesion and always will be

    • Ashley

      posted on 9.26.12 at 12:31 pm

      02

      Glad I’m not the only one Paola!

  • Aneta

    posted on 9.26.12 at 1:39 pm

    03

    this is awesome, I am a huge fan too. Can’t wait to see them soon :)

    • Ashley

      posted on 9.26.12 at 4:36 pm

      04

      I know Aneta, excited to see them with you!

  • Kayla

    posted on 9.30.12 at 2:21 pm

    05

    I’m so obsessed with Billie joe and gd I would give anything to get my shoes signed by him plus I’m only 11 :)

    • Ashley

      posted on 9.30.12 at 2:59 pm

      06

      Hopefully one day you can meet him too!!

  • Kayla

    posted on 9.30.12 at 2:51 pm

    07

    I love everything about him
    He is my obsession too I would give anything to
    Just get my shoes signed by him
    Plus I’m only 11

  • Kayla

    posted on 10.2.12 at 11:28 pm

    08

    Thanks and sorry about the two comments the first comment Didn’t load so I wrote another one and uploaded it on accident ;)

  • MONICA

    posted on 11.24.12 at 11:07 am

    09

    Agreed I’m a big fan to and i don’t think you’re crazy c;

  • Fien armstrong

    posted on 6.2.13 at 6:18 pm

    10

    OMGGGG ! I’m obsessed with Billie !!
    Awwww he is soooo hot,cute,funny,cute,hot… ;))
    Ow 4july they’re coming to Belgium !!!!!?
    Wooohoooooooohhhhh ti’s Gonna be the best day of my life!!!!!!
    Aaaahhhh BILLIIEEEEEE

  • Carla

    posted on 10.29.13 at 2:36 pm

    11

    Soo i searched im obsessed wih billie joe into google because honestly i was actually a bit concerned about my love for him and green day atleast i know now im not the only one. I love all the same things as you do about him and no matter what he does i still cant fault him

  • I wanna marry BJA

    posted on 12.19.13 at 2:17 pm

    12

    I’m so in love with him,not simply because he’s charming or whatever,but because e has a huge heart.He really gets people.He helps people. I just can’t describe how much I love him.
    and Green Day is objectively the best punk band ever.

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