Green Day Frontman: 'I Couldn't Predict Where I Was Going To End Up At Night'

Billie Joe Armstrong talks about his drinking problem and last year's onstage meltdown.

Green Day Frontman: 'I Couldn't Predict Where I Was Going To End Up At Night'
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After admitting himself to rehab after an onstage meltdown during a performance at the iHeartRadio festival in Las Vegas last year, Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong has decided to open up about his substance abuse issues in the latest interview with the Rolling Stone magazine. The band's show being cut short proved as a cracking point for the singer, causing the profane outburst and guitar smashing on stage. After months of rehab, Armstrong finally took some time to discuss the situation. "I couldn't predict where I was going to end up at the end of the night. I'd wake up in a strange house on a couch. I wouldn't remember how. It was a complete blackout," the frontman tells Rolling Stone. As for the incident itself, the singer confesses he merely remembers small fragments of the whole night. "I remember tiny things. The next morning, I woke up. I asked [my wife] Adrienne, 'How bad was it?' She said, 'It's bad.' I called my manager. He said, 'You're getting on a plane, going back to Oakland and going into rehab immediately.'" With the recent announcement of the band's post-rehab comeback show, things seem to be going better for Green Day. The show is set to take place on March 15 at this year's SXSW festival in Austin, Texas. The group has also confirmed a big London concert at the 60.000 capacity Emirates Stadium on June 1, as well as a performance on Optimus Alive festival in Portugal this July. "Let me f--king tell you something. I've been around since f--king nineteen-eighty-f--king-eight. You're going to give me one f--king minute? You've got to be f--king kidding me. What the f--k? I'm not f--king Justin Bieber, you motherf--kers.," the frontman said during an infamous meltdown last September.

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    -Retro-
    Again, nobody is calling it a meltdown. I thought it was one of the coolest things I've seen from Green Day in a long time.
    FallenDestiny
    They're doing it for fun.
    Agent51
    As soon as I read the first sentence of the article, where it mentions the "onstage meltdown" yet again, I thought it's gotta be their new "thing". They just had the article at the end of 2012 about all the running gags for the year, and "UG Memes", so at this point, to KEEP using the exact phrase "onstage meltdown" in EVERY GD-related article, it's GOTTA be it. I bet we see this on the 2013 end of year list
    Pit_
    Even if it was a normal thing for punks, you have to be keeping up appearances when you're in a pop band and a whole generation of pop kids is looking up to you. So they quickly disguised it in a meltdown and "fixed" him so he can walk proud once more among the adoring sea of emo teenagers the band relies on. Good business!
    Abacus11
    Putting yourself back together after getting your ass kicked by addiction is incredibly difficult. I wish him the best.
    Johnny_Ibanez
    Billie Joe: 'I Couldn't Predict Where I Was Going To End Up At Night' Keith Richards: 'That's cute, kid.'
    CoolMcAwesome
    most people cannot predict where they will be tonight anyway... seems like a normal thing really.
    thingstodo
    I remember when smashing gear onstage and yelling at *****s who "don't get it" was praised by fans and they cheered that shit on. Nowadays it apparently requires and apology and a stint in rehab. This generation is full of pussies.
    Ibeanez
    It was stupid then, and stupid now. Your last statement is definitely true, though.
    1916
    It was the most punk thing he's done in a while.
    rabidgoon
    Crying like a child when the corporate concert you signed a contract to play at tells you your set needs to end soon so other artists can play??? No, not 'punk' at all. Lame is a more appropriate term.
    AlbertJ
    Not as lame as your comment.
    rabidgoon
    I'm sorry if you think the truth is lame.
    l0ld4v3
    I agree with rabidgoon, d00ds haven't done anything punk in almost 20 years now. Also, bitching at corporate concerts =/= punk, DIY is punk. The most lovely thing about this comments are the ad hominem retorts such as mrmojorisin420.
    Josh Reubenking
    Says the one who isn't onstage, making money doing what he loves to do, and doesn't have an entire fanbase, and doesn't have talent. The only thing lame here is you. Go **** yourself.
    paulohd2
    You don't know him. Maybe he is working his dream job a has a pretty good life. Grow up and learn that different people aspire to be different things. Not everybody wants to be on stage and not everybody wants a fanbase.
    Josh Reubenking
    lol. How cute, Mr. Hero coming to his defense. I'm just saying, Billie had a right to react the way he did. Fuck Usher. They shouldn't have cut down their time.
    Metallicaxp
    I may no longer listen to Green Day, but I still hope they get back out there and kick some more ass! Keep up the hard work!
    tallica83x91
    He ended up being a hero to many for speaking his mind...which just happened to be the truth
    rabidgoon
    If your hero is some narcissistic rock star who complains that he's being treated 'unfairly' because the concert promoters who are paying him tons of money to play told him to soon stop so the rest of the show could go on as planned, then you fail as a human being.
    lmo2th
    I don't think it was 'as planned' hence, he got pissed off because he found out his set got cut while he was playing it. Cutting someones set on shot notice is a dick move, but not telling them until they're actually playing is just insulting.
    mofed
    i dont get it.. whats the big deal about this, in the 90s they always smashed their gear.
    l0ld4v3
    There's a pretty long way from the 90's Green Day to the 2012 Green Day. Mostly a downhill way.
    RitchieRamone
    Insomniac - better than Dookie Nimrod - as good as Insomniac Warning - better than Nimrod American idiot - better than Warning 21CB - As good as AI The Trilogy - still listenable Nope, I'm pretty sure they kicked ass the whole time.
    StrawberyWalrus
    American Idiot is what completely ruined them.
    CateringCowards
    I disagree, it was 21CB that broke them, imo. American Idiot was a new direction in a lot of ways. They tried to keep that going, but couldn't do it twice, so it wasn't as good, but still had radio/mainstream playability. At least that's how I see it.
    RitchieRamone
    It's their best album. It didn't break them. They did something fresh and interesting, did their biggest tour ever and picked up some awards and fans.
    paulohd2
    Your opinion is completely biased. They haven't done anything exceptional since Dookie. All the rest was generic and uninspiring.
    mofed
    nope, i think dookie kerplunk and 1039/smooth were their best albums, theyre some of my favorites. (i dont mean their new ones are shit theyre okay too)
    StrawberyWalrus
    No one knows what punk is anymore. Black Flag, Bad Brains, The Clash, New York Dolls, Sex Pistols, The Damned, The Germs, The Replacements, Husker Du, hell even the Beastie Boys were way more punk than Green Day ever was.
    trevors685
    Yeah, well now they're all middle aged, so do you really expect them to be like "**** society!" with kids, a wife, and millions in the bank? On their behalf, I apologize for growing up.
    mbutler93
    I think he made a good point. You shouldn't put a time limit on a concert. Let the band play their set, and whenever they're done, they're done. It's not like the crowd is going to complain about a longer show. More concert for their money.
    turkeyjerky214
    Sometimes because of local ordinances, venues will shut the show down before the end. A few years ago, the Eagles came to Busch Stadium in St. Louis with the Chixie Dix opening for them. I know several local stagehands and production guys that worked on the show and said that because the opening act went on so late going on (over an hour, I think), they tried to cut the Eagles' set short.
    sideslick
    Paul McCartney and Bruce Springsteen on stage simultaniously got cut short a few months ago. I'd say that's a pretty good example of a show getting cut off due to local ordinances.
    TJ1991
    That's not how festivals work, unfortunately. And the frontman of a band like Green Day should know that by now.
    AlecBeretz
    yeah the fact that you said that tells me you have 0 experience playing gigs. Everything is set.