On Friday night in Vegas, Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day freaked out during the iHeart Radio Music Festival. Armstrong was incensed by a sign that said the band only had one minute left and unleashed a profanity filled tirade that included the word “fuck” 22 times in the span of 30 seconds. Just two days later a Green Day rep has told the Associated Press that Billie Joe is “headed to treatment for substance abuse.”
News of Armstrong’s tirade went viral yesterday, and when you consider the festival was put together by one of the, if not “the” most powerful company in radio, on the eve of the release of Green Day’s new album Uno (due out Tuesday), you had to think either Billie Joe was more punk than we had ever given him credit for or he was fucked up. Guess it was the latter. When the story of the tirade broke, it was thought that Green Day had their set cut short by Clear Channel, but the statement to the AP said explicitly their set was “not cut short by Clear Channel.” We wish Billie Joe a healthy recovery.