Bite my lip and close my eyes, take me away to…rehab?
Green Day front man Billie Joe Armstrong had an onstage “meltdown” during their iHeartMusic Festival performance in Las Vegas this weekend. The outspoken rocker apparently LOST IT when his band’s set was given the “1 Minute” market on the teleprompter—reportedly cutting them short to give more stage time for pop acts Usher and Rihanna.
Here’s a poetic excerpt for you…
“You’ve gotta be fucking kidding me! You’re kidding me. What the fuck, I’m not fucking Justin Bieber, you motherfucker! I got one minute, one minute left!”
In case you were wondering what the state of today’s super politically correct rock music is, it’s this tried and true PR statement from the group’s rep Brian Bumbery: "Green Day would like everyone to know that their set was not cut short by Clear Channel and to apologize to those they offended at the iHeartRadio Festival in Las Vegas. The band regretfully must postpone some of their upcoming promotional appearances."
However, on the other side of the Johnny Ramone leather jacket, Billie Joe’s rep also mentions he’s entering rehab “seeking treatment for substance abuse.” It wasn’t specified for what kind of “substance,” but the aging 40-year-old has a rap sheet with drinking woes: Billie often boasts about being drunk on stage, in 2003 he was arrested for drunk driving in Berkeley, California, and earlier this month he was hospitalized in Italy for…alcohol-related causes? This is all between Billie, his liver, and whatever Malibu view he’s looking at right now.
If he does have a problem, he should definitely get it sorted for, well, two reasons: his kids.
But to get bent out of shape over Top 40 artists like Usher, Rihanna, and Bieber? Dude, Green Day has always been a mainstream punk act. They performed on American Idol. They have a Green Day: Rock Band video game. They have a show on Broadway. Billie, chill. You’re not so “different.”
Watch the entire F-bomb laced tirade before Billie snatches your computer out of nowhere and smashes it in a rage here: