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Billie Joe Armstrong Throws Tantrum, Goes To Rehab

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If huge media attention right before a major album release is a bad thing, then Billie Joe Armstrong’s onstage meltdown and temper tantrum were ill-timed. But some think it came not as a precursor to him checking into rehab, but as a ploy for the spotlight.

Apparently, when the band was told they only had a minute left on stage at the iHeart Radio Music Festival, Armstrong threw a fit and started cursing and smashing his guitar in a rage, screaming, “I’ve been around since 19-f—ing-88! I’m not f—ing Justin Bieber, you motherf—ers. This is a f—ing joke! And now you’re gonna give me one minute? Now I got nothing left. I got nothing left. I’m gonna show you what one f—ing minute looks like.”

The band later released a statement regarding the incident, saying, “Green Day would like to apologize to those they offended at the iHeartRadio Festival in Las Vegas. The band regretfully must postpone some of their upcoming promotional appearances.”

The announcement comes on the heels of the mysterious hospitalization of Billie Joe in Italy during their tour, which only the barest details of were given. The latest news is that he has entered rehab, but whether his blowup has anything to do with that remains to be seen.

“Is it possible no one in management bothered to tell Green Day ahead of time they had a half-hour slot, just like (almost) every other headliner on the bill? Not likely. (Although it was being spun within hours on Gawker, Perez Hilton, and other websites that the band’s set had been “cut short by 20 minutes” because Usher went over—not true.) Is it possible Armstrong knew this was good theater and bound to get them into the news cycle three days before the release of their long-awaited new album? Who could be so cynical!” wrote Chris Willman.

Billie Joe Armstrong Throws Tantrum, Goes To Rehab


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  • http://google frank mazzaro

    they should just put him in a russian prison

  • Jackie


    Billie Joe Armstong did what i would do!
    if someone told me, it would’ve been different.
    If NO ONE TOLD ME ANYTHING….i’d trow a tantrum and probably smack someone

  • Sadie

    (sigh) BILLIE JOE!!!! you know better!!!….. I think..

  • ExtraordinaryGirl

    What??? Billy is already famous enough. I read the first line and it sucks. I did not bother to read the rest of this crappy article. Greenday rocks and they do not need a publicity stunt to promote their album. Their amazing music and wonderful lyrics are enough to support their albums. What Billy did was absolutely fair. Who the hell would want to listen to that Bieber when Billy is on the stage???

  • Sarah

    Has anyone who is calling this a meltdown ever seen a punk show? Or an early 80′s or 70′s rock show? Seriously? I mean I watched that and was waiting for the meltdown to happen. Billie didn’t seem unruly to me…he seemed old time Green Day. And a rock band or punk band member going into rehab is bug news? Again, Seriously?

  • http://google.com Ashley Ruud

    I want Billie Joe Armstrong to be out of rehab and I want him to sing with his band!!!!!!

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