Green Day hopes 2006 brings the sounds of silence. One of the big winners at the Dec. 6 Billboard Music Awards, the band headed to Australia after the awards show for two concerts before officially pu

Green Day hopes 2006 brings the sounds of silence. One of the big winners at the Dec. 6 Billboard Music Awards, the band headed to Australia after the awards show for two concerts before officially putting an end to the "American Idiot" era.

And, as Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong admits, parting can be such sweet sorrow. "It was a crazy year, but it's been the best year of our career," he tells Billboard. "It's going to be kind of sad for it to end, but, you know, we don't have any regrets."

Finally coming off the road means the band can "get back to some of the other aspects of what we do," bassist Mike Dirnt says, "whether it's recording or just getting back into the creative process again."

Although Armstrong says discussions about the next album will begin this month, he says not to expect anything too soon. "We'll start with silence and that's how we'll be able to find the inspiration to find another record," he says.

Part of that inspiration comes from knowing when to stop touring. "A lot of people just keep going and going and going," Dirnt adds. It is important, he says, to know "when to call it quits for awhile and go home and rejuvenate and detox and write another record."

Already, Armstrong says, individual ideas for new songs are germinating. "We always share everything that we're doing. Right now, it's a lot of writing for ourselves and it's staying right there for right now and then [we'll] start to put the puzzle together and then try to up the ante a little bit."

As the band members look back at 2005, Dirnt says the highlight, in a year filled with them, was their stadium shows. "It's just something that we worked really hard to get to and the fact that we were able to do that is something to be proud of."

Green Day grossed $36.5 million from 76 shows, according to Billboard Boxscore. Its tour landed at No. 10 in the year-end ranking of top treks.

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