Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong heads to rehab after on-stage meltdown
Remember the good old days when rock stars would not only rail against whatever was pissing them off, but be entirely unapologetic about doing so? In a world where corporations rule everything, including, evidently, punk-rock bands, those days appear to be over.
On Friday, while performing at the iHeart Radio Music Festival in Las Vegas, Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong had the kind of on-stage shit fit that would have impressed circa-’91 Axl Rose. The singer grabbed the mike 20 minutes into his band’s set and started railing about how Green Day was being told to cut things short, his tirade including him yelling “I’m not fucking Justin Bieber, you motherfuckers”.
After going Pete Townshend on his guitar, Armstrong tossed it aside and stalked off-stage.
Now, two days later, Green Day has issued an apology to Clear Channel, the organizers of iHeart Radio, stating that the set was not cut short. The band has also announced that Armstrong is headed to treatment for substance abuse. Somewhere, Sid Vicious is rolling over in his grave.
Green Day releases its latest album, Uno, on Tuesday.
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