Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong has checked himself into rehab just days before the band is set to release the first of three new albums. The check-in also comes less than 48-hours after Armstrong finished Green Day’s iHeartRadio Festival appearance with a profanity-laden rant.
Green Day – along with Usher and Rihanna – headlined the festival that happened in Las Vegas over the weekend at the MGM Grand. Armstrong appropriately started his rant halfway through the band’s performance of “Basket Case”;, hollering that he wanted to play a new song, and then brought the digital ticker to everyone’s attention screaming that he only had one minute left to play. That last 60 seconds of the performance is too expletive to quote directly, but here’s a summary: “One minute…left. You’re gonna give me one minute? Look at that …sign right there. One minute. Let me …tell you something….I’ve been around since 1988 and you’re going to give me one …minute? You gotta be … kidding me …I’m not …Justin Bieber.”;
Justin Bieber wasn’t on the bill for the festival, but Green Day performed after Bieber’s mentor Usher apparently finished his performance 30 minutes late. Despite the rant, Rihanna closed the night after Billie Joe made a mess of the stage, smashing his guitar and storming off. Meanwhile, Green Day released a statement that makes it very clear that Clear Channel had nothing to do with pulling the plug on the band’s set.
“Billie Joe is seeking treatment for substance abuse,”; reads the statement. “We would like everyone to know that our set was not cut short by Clear Channel and to apologize for those we offended at the iHeartRadio Festival in Las Vegas. We regretfully must postpone some of our upcoming promotional appearances.”; The site did not elaborate on which appearances would be axed.
Other news making headlines this weekend: the 64th annual Primetime Emmy Awards had more than a few upsets leaving popular winner Mad Men with zero trophies; Canada honoured its best in athletics, comedy and music at the Canada’s Walk of Fame Awards Show; tonight on ET Canada, Erin Cebula is on set with the hunks of Hawaii Five-O.