Green Day Frontman Checks Into Rehab After Onstage Meltdown
Billie Joe cites "substance abuse" issues after Las Vegas rant.
Posted on Sep 24, 2012 03:49 pm
Billie Joe Armstrong's recent outburst at the iHeartRadio Festival in Las Vegas after the band's set was apparently cut short may have come as a surprise to some of the band's fans. What may come as even more of a shock is the statement that Green Day's Mike Dirnt and Tre Cool have released this morning regarding their frontman, as Classic Rock reports:
"Billie Joe is seeking treatment for substance abuse. We would like everyone to know that our set was not cut short and to apologise to those we offended at the iHeartRadio Festival. We regretfully must postpone some of our upcoming promotional appearances."
Armstrong's profane outburst at the iHeartRadio festival had reportedly come about because the band's set was cut short by 20 minutes to make way for a performance by Usher. During a rendition of the 1994 hit single "Basket Case", Armstrong stopped playing before announcing the following:
"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."
He then proceeded to smash his guitar and throw away his microphone before leaving the stage, with the rest of the band then following him.
As Classic Rock notes, the singer was previously arrested for drink-driving in 2003, and while admitting having used drugs in the past, had claimed that he had moved on from such behavior.
The news casts a shadow over the release of the band's new studio album "¡Uno!", which came out today. The disc is part of a trilogy of albums set to be released between now and January of next year. There has been no word yet on how Billie Joe's rehab will affect the band's scheduled tour.