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. Read Melinda Newman's column.