Green Day are relieved they've left their cartoon punk label behind and accepted their true calling as rock stars for the 21st century.

After the BOULEVARD OF BROKEN DREAMS chart-toppers took the 1990s music scene by storm with their breakthrough DOOKIE disc, Billy Joe Armstrong, TRE COOL and MIKE DIRNT found themselves restricted creatively because of the way they were categorised.

But their latest album AMERICAN IDIOT has rocketed the trio to the top of the rock hit parade - and they feel they have finally realised their original vision.

Armstrong says, "I don't like the term cartoon punk but I can see why it was used. We were kind of stuck and it took something major for us to see that."

06/04/2005 17:32