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.