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Weekend Reading: Billie Joe Armstrong On Addiction, Rehab, and Coming Back


Billie Joe Armstrong on Rolling Stone

Even if they weren’t in the audience, Green Day fans no doubt remember when frontman Billie Joe Armstrong lost control on stage at the iHeart Radio event in Las Vegas back in September 2012.

(Would a “Wake Me Up When September Ends” pun be too soon? Sorry, sorry. It just pushed it’s way in there.)

Armstrong lashed out, upset that the band only had one minute left and insisting they play some new songs before apparently giving up, destroying his guitar on stage, and storming off.

Soon after, Armstrong entered rehab and Green Day had to postpone some tour dates and the promotion of their album trilogy ¡Uno!, ¡Dos! and ¡Tré!.

“I couldn’t predict where I was going to end up at the end of the night.” – Billie Joe Armstrong on his alcohol- and drug abuse lifestyle.

In a new Rolling Stone exclusive, Armstrong hints the decision to enter rehab after the iHeart Radio incident wasn’t a difficult one.

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.’

“Billie Joe: The Road Back from Hell” hits stands today.

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Weekend Reading: Billie Joe Armstrong On Addiction, Rehab, and Coming Back


Alicia Sparks

Alicia Sparks is a freelance writer and editor and the creator of WritingSpark.com, where she blogs to help new freelance writers get their quills in the pot, so to speak. Among animal rights, music, and physical wellness, her passions include mental health and advocacy. Here at Psych Central she works as Syndication Editor as well as authors Your Body, Your Mind, Unleash Your Creativity, and World of Psychology's weekly "Psychology Around the Net."


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Sparks, A. (2013). Weekend Reading: Billie Joe Armstrong On Addiction, Rehab, and Coming Back. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 23, 2020, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/celebrity/2013/03/weekend-reading-billie-joe-armstrong-on-addiction-rehab-and-coming-back/

 

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