In 2012, Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong had an onstage meltdown at the iHeartRadio Music Festival. Shortly after, he entered a monthlong rehab program for alcohol and prescription drug abuse. "I started combining them to a point where I didn't know what I was taking during the day and what I was taking at night," he told Rolling Stone a year later. "It was just this routine. My backpack sounded like a giant baby rattle."
In 2014, Sum 41 frontman Deryck Whibley's alcoholism led to a collapsed lung and kidney. He was in an induced coma for a week. Doctors said one more drink would have killed him. "Being at that low of a point, the only thing that could help me recover was just music," he told Fuse earlier this year at Warped Tour.
On Friday, Oct. 7, both bands released their comeback albums. Green Day, who dropped Revolution Radio, had been missing on that front nearly four years; Sum 41, who put out 13 Voices, had been quiet for more than five years. These are the new records' 20 lyrics (listed, not ranked) in which we can't help but see Billie Joe Armstrong and Deryck Whibley's healing journeys—and darker times—reflected.
1. From Green Day's "Forever Now":
My name is Billie and I'm freaking out
2. From Sum 41's “War”:
Another day in the right direction
I’m OK but I’m left to question
How did I get so far behind the rest?
Why am I so inclined to forget?
3. From Green Day's "Youngblood":
I'm a rough boy around the edges
Gettin' drunk and falling into hedges