Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong Enters Rehab After iHeart Festival Meltdown
It’s celebrity rehab time for Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong. The rocker has entered an undisclosed treatment facility to address his issues with substance abuse addiction; this after letting loose an expletive-laden tirade at Saturday’s iHeart Music Festival in Las Vegas.
A furious Armstrong, 40, kicked, screamed and smashed a guitar when the punk-rock group was told to wrap-up its performance of “Basket Case” to make way for headliners Usher and Rihanna, Gawker said Sunday.
“One minute left. One minute f**king left. You’re gonna give me one f**king minute? Look at that [expletive] sign right there — one minute. Let me f**king tell you something, let me tell you something, I’ve been around since f**king 198-f**king-8. And you’re gonna give me one f**king minute? You’ve gotta be f**king kidding me! You’re f**king kidding me. What the f**k! I’m not f**king Justin Bieber, you motherf**ker… I got one minute — one minute left. Oh, now I got nothing left. Let me show you what one f**king minute…One minute…”
His mother must be so proud.
An E! insider says Armstrong appeared to get over the incident rather quickly, evening laughing and joking with his bandmates backstage. In a statement this afternoon, a Green Day rep confirmed Joe’s rehab plans and apologized for the onstage meltdown:
“”Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong is seeking treatment for substance abuse. 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.”
The publicist would not identify what substance Armstrong is seeking treatment for. Earlier this month, he was rushed to a hospital in Bologna, Italy, for an undisclosed ailment. The musician was arrested for drunk driving in 2003.
Green Day is still set to embark on a tour around North America in November. The band’s latest album, Uno, drops Tuesday.