You may recognize Billie Joe Armstrong’s voice when you hear the songs “American Idiot”, “Wake Me Up When September Ends”, and “Good Riddance”. The Green Day front man’s fame has grown since the band burst one the scene in 1988.
On the heels of an on-stage meltdown in Las Vegas last week, it appears that Armstrong, 40, is in rehab for substance abuse. Due to the situation, Green Day has postponed some future concerts.
The meltdown, for Armstrong, was ugly. The band’s time on stage was allegedly cut short to make time for other artists, sending Armstrong on a profanity-laced tirade:
“You’ve gotta be (expletive) kidding me,” exclaimed Armstrong. “You’re (expletive) kidding me. What the (expletive) I’m not(expletive) Justin Bieber, you mother(expletive)…I got one minute—one minute left.” (source)
Armstrong then smashed his guitar, launched the remains of it into the crowd, flipped off the camera and walked of stage. In a statement released the next day the band’s rep Brian Bumbery stated that Clear Channel had not cut the bands time.
It’s been reported that Armstrong had been sober 12 months before the incident, so it is unclear as to what triggered the tirade or led to entering rehab. (source)
Previous Issues with Alcohol
This isn’t the first time Armstrong has had troubles. In 2003, the front man found himself caught driving under the influence.
“The punk-rocker was pulled over just before 1 a.m. after authorities spotted his black BMW convertible speeding, according to Berkeley Police spokesperson Mary Kusmiss.
After Armstrong failed sobriety and Breathalyzer tests, he was taken to jail and booked for misdemeanor drunk driving. He was released later that morning on $1,200 bail.” (source)
Unfortunate for Green Day
Celebrities get caught driving drunk. Celebrities go on tirades. Celebrities check into rehab. These aren’t new things, but they are unfortunate and happen too much. The positive is that Armstrong had allegedly stayed away from alcohol for a year, and hopefully this latest stint in rehab will allow him to do that for a longer period of time.
If you or a loved one is also falling into the trap of drugs and alcohol, don’t wait to get help.