Billie Joe Armstrong Went to Rehab Over This

Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong threw a hissy fit on stage at the iHeart Radio Music Festival over the weekend because they lost 20 minutes of their set time to Usher. Here’s what Billie said courtesy of Gawker,

Oh, fuck this shit. I’m gonna play a fucking new song. Fuck this shit. Give me a fucking break. One minute left. One minute fucking left. You’re gonna give me one fucking minute? Look at that fucking sign right there — one minute. Let me fucking tell you something, let me tell you something, I’ve been around since fucking 198-fucking-8. And you’re gonna give me one fucking minute? You’ve gotta be fucking kidding me! You’re fucking kidding me. What the fuck! I’m not fucking Justin Bieber, you motherfuckers. You’ve gotta be fucking joking. This is a fucking joke. I got one minute — one minute left. Oh, now I got nothing left. Let me show you what one fucking minute fucking means. [smashes guitar] One minute. God fucking love you all. We’ll be back.

That was the most punk rock thing he did in years but it was followed by the least punk rock thing he ever did when two days later, he issued a public apology through his rep and checked into rehab for substance abuse to appease his corporate overlords. Their rep said, “Green Day wants to apologize to those they offended at the iHeartRadio Festival in Las Vegas. The band regretfully must postpone some of their upcoming promotional appearances.” They made sure to note that it was in no way Clear Channel’s fault that their set was cut short. Roughly translated that says, “My label and endorsement contracts say I’m not done bending over yet.”

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