The last time we heard from Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong, the 40-year-old was on the iHeartRadio music festival stage spouting vitriol about his arch nemesis Justin Bieber and it just screamed “I’m a celebrity, get me rehab.”
That or “I’m having a mid-life crisis, get me a Corvette.” Whichever, Billie’s sorting all those issues out with a lengthier by the day stint in rehab, though it’s not clear when it’ll all be over.
According to their long-time producer and Warner Bros. Records chairman Rob Cavallo, the rocker’s recovery is not a laughing matter.
“His rehab is no joke,” he told Rolling Stone magazine. “He’s under medical supervision for a while to get him clean.” There was no mention of what substance, but after rewatching that rant in Las Vegas, it’s safe to assume alcohol. At the least.
Part of the sobering up process has already required the band to cancel their October 27 appearance at the Voodoo Music and Arts Experience in New Orleans this month (arguably “realer” rockers Metallica has since replaced their set), and more cancellations may be due in the near November future.
“His doctors are still evaluating,” Green Day’s producer added. “All I can say is I don’t know if we’ll see him before or after Christmas. It’s basically undetermined when he’ll be back.”
Even with all the promotion necessary for their album ¡Dos!, the first in a trilogy, it probably is in everyone’s best interest Billie stay away from triggers like concert stages for a while.