Green Day’s Billy Joe Armstrong Determined to Stay Sober
Green Day frontman Billy Joe Armstrong is determined to stay sober following his latest stint in rehab.
Armstrong, 41, told Rolling Stone that years of alcohol and prescription drug abuse led to his commitment to a residential treatment facility in October. Green Day was forced to cancel a planned concert tour last fall after Armstrong ranted on stage at the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas. He was livid and felt the group’s set was cut short to make way for other acts.
The “American Idiot” musician now feels ‘sick’ at the idea of watching footage of his public meltdown — which he claims he has little memory of:
“People will remind me a little bit. Or I’ll see a photograph. And it makes me so sick. No. I can’t go there. That’s my last drink. Which is good – it’s documented. Anytime I feel like drinking, I can think about it.”
“I couldn’t predict where I was going to end up at the end of the night. I’d wake up in a strange house on a couch. I wouldn’t remember how. It was a complete blackout. I remember tiny things. The next morning, I woke up. I asked [my wife] Adrienne, ‘How bad was it?’ She said, ‘It’s bad.’ I called my manager. He said, ‘You’re getting on a plane, going back to Oakland and going into rehab immediately.’”
Now that Armstrong is on the mend Green Day has rescheduled its tour. The band will kick off its string of shows March 28 in Chicago. The tour will wrap in Quebec City on April 12.
Written by Castina on February 28th, 2013 | Tagged as: Green Day