NME is reporting that Billie Joe Armstrong had been "drinking a lot" on the night of his breakdown at the iHeartMusic festival in Las Vegas. Claudia Saurez, the ex-wife of drummer Tre Cool, has told Celebuzz that Armstrong had been sober for a year, but had started drinking again on the evening of the show:
"When he was in Vegas he was drinking a lot. The night of the show he had been drinking. In Las Vegas there's a lot of temptation to drink and it's tough to be around when you're fighting against it. They have a new album coming out and it's a demanding lifestyle. It's very difficult".
Armstrong's foul-mouthed tirade had been reportedly sparked by the cutting short of the band's set after Usher's performance had overran. However, in the statement announcing that Billie Joe had checked into rehab, band members Tre Cool and Mike Dirnt noted that this was not the case. Ex Guns N' Roses and Velvet Revolver drummer Matt Sorum has had some heated words to say about Armstrong's breakdown on Twitter, as Classic Rock notes.
Sorum claimed that the outburst was "the most punk rock thing he has ever done" and added: "Then he had to go an ruin it by apologizing. Corporate rock is alive and well. Never really bought that band anyway". Sorum's former band were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by Armstrong in April of this year.
Billie Joe's meltdown has somewhat overshadowed the release of "Uno!", Green Day's ninth studio album, which came out on September 24th. The record is the first of a trilogy of albums that will be released between now and January 2013.