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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Jan Ethan Shrimpdick
I liked it better when he sang for the Cranberries...
This is a total "Doug Donut Moment"....except..people have heard of the Cranberries..
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out at night
I think if Billy Joe is going into rehab it isn't Clear Channel telling him to do it!

Sifd Vicious? A nice kid by some accounts. Also a bit of a no talent. xl Rose? A mercurial weirdo, maybe with a Phil Spector moment waiting somewhere in his future.

Billy Joe Armstrong? A hardworking, talented and productive musician and family man who maybe needs a break. Why don't you give him one, instead of clinging to some dated and over-romanticized notions of rawk 'n' rowl gnarlyness and self-destruction as necessary cred?
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Yasmina
i'm crying of laughter idk why
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Lollapalooza
I think he's great and those guys deserve to finish their set.
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RF
The whole guitar-smashing thing is way cooler if the guitar is actually amplified.
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That's punk?
I hope he'll have the time of his life.
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Jan Ethan Shrimpdick
she coulda done the whole B Side of "No Need To Argue" in the time it took to break that guitar.

Musta been made of titaniumz!

You Go Delores Donut!
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cranky mom
why does he need rehab? that is how we all acted in 1988.
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Weak Sauce Publicity Stunt
This reeks of publicity stunt -- funny timing right before an album release... Weak sauce attempt to earn Green Day punk street cred which they have never had.
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Pat Crowe
Ramones, rip offs.
Weak.
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Baggage
Nothing says punk rock like coke habits and BMWs
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Natty
"Meltdown" is a highly exaggerated term for what that was. His PR people blew it up so it could become a big news story on the eve of the band's latest release. The media bit, hook, line and sinker.
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Invisible Hand
Green Day should NOT have apologized.
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Cager's Ladder
This was too good to be staged. I think it's been a long coming and endemic to musicians that go mainstream. Hard working musicians like Billie Joe are turned into the slaves of their corporate masters, their talents are exploited for profit and sometimes you just get fed up with all the bullshit... even it does buy you your own private jet. That's the crack that they feed you.... The best part was the reaction from the inebriated, gentrified vegas crowd of nitwits who got a wake up call.
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Cager's Ladder
Thanks Bille... for articulating how we all feel sometimes when corporations run this world.
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Jan Ethan Shrimpdick
Cager's Ladder :"Hard working musicians like Billie Joe are turned into the slaves of their corporate masters, their talents are exploited for profit and sometimes you just get fed up with all the bullshit"

let me "paint a vulgar picture" here and paraphrase Morrissey, "he could have said no, if he wanted to..."

Those "poor poor babies" are starved for attention, control and whatever small form of power and wealth that are provided to them in exchange for some three minute rehash in the form of running shoe jingles.

Sure, touring is hard work, doing press is no easy feat and listening to obese shut in's tell you how the Cranberries music saved their lives ten times a day at the meet and greets is certainly no picnic...but really..

After the first top ten single, take your royalty cheques and fark off.
Those are the rules.
Don't like it?

go be an investment banker with a band on the side and play weddings...

There are plenty of musicians with talent and grace who would LOVE to play for nothing in exchange for nice accoms and a big stage with a crew..

some big stars can even pay attention to a clock.

Then, there are the past their prime "heritage rawk" losers whining because their huge guest list precluded Pizza backstage at the Commodore....or the Delores Jo's of Gangreen Day pulling a Donut.

Toooo bad, soooo sad..

Don't like your corporate overlord?
get a real job.
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Mr Big Package
i think rehab has now become an easy way out. It's basically were celebrities go if they want to be left alone and have a mini vacation. I am saying they don't have a substance abuse problem but sometimes i think they do play it up and it usually has to do with exhaustion
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I do not ...
... have the time / to listen to this guy whine ...
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