Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong Enters Rehab after iHeartRadio Implosion
Following an expletive laced rant at this weekend’s iHeartRadio Festival in Las Vegas, Green Day singer Billie Joe Armstrong is heading to rehab for substance abuse.
This news comes just before the group is set to release the first of their upcoming trilogy of albums. ¡Uno! will be released tomorrow, September 25, with ¡Dos! and ¡Tré! following in the next few months.
The rant happened when Armstrong cut short the Green Day hit “Basket Case,” saying that he wanted to play a new song. He then pointed out that a screen in the audience informed him that he had only one minute left in the set, and he launched into a tirade. The Los Angeles Times provides us with a family friendly version of the rants.
“Give me a … break,” Armstrong yelled. “One minute left. One minute … left. You’re gonna give me … one minute? Look at that … sign right there. One minute. Let me … tell you something. Let me tell you something. I’ve been around since … 1980 … 8 and you’re going to give me one … minute? You gotta be … kidding me … I’m not … Justin Bieber.”
Bieber wasn’t performing at the festival, though Armstrong may have been referring to the fact that Green Day played directly after Bieber’s mentor Usher. Following the rant, Armstrong smashed his guitar onstage.
Less than 48 hours later, a statement on the official Green Day website announced that Armstrong was going to rehab.
“Billie Joe is seeking treatment for substance abuse,” read the statement. “We would like everyone to know that our set was not cut short by Clear Channel and to apologize to those we offended at the iHeartRadio Festival in Las Vegas. We regretfully must postpone some of our upcoming promotional appearances.”
The statement did not specify what appearances will be cancelled.