Yes you read that correctly. Billie Joe Armstrong had a few things to get off his chest during the Green Day set at the iHeart Radio Music Festival in Las Vegas. One of those things was that they are NOT Justin Bieber! Do you hear that? Billie Joe said “NOT JUSTIN BIEBER!!!!!”
Associated Press Entertainment Writer Nekesa Mumbi Moody reports that Billie Joe basically lost his shit, mid-song on stage for everyone with a phone to see and share with their friends. The freakout resulted in a profanity laced tirade from Armstrong which was triggered by the mid-song notification that Green Day only had one minute left to play. If you didn’t see it coming, Billie Joe will be taking a little time off to get some treatment for substance abuse.
If you’re a Green Day fan you’ve probably already seen the viral video sensation of Armstrong going off that has hit the interwebs. If you haven’t seen this yet then here ‘ya go. Be advised. As you would expect from the power pop, punk icon there is some strong language in the clip. So if the kids are in earshot of the computer you may want to have them leave the room…
Green Day released a statement to the Associated Press apologizing and making it clear that media giant Clear Channel, who produced the iHeart Radio Music festival, was not responsible for cutting the set short. (Editorial: probably a good move on Green Day’s part since Clear Channel host’s the festival and they want to be invited back someday).
In related Green Day news, the power pop punk rockers have had to cancel some of their promo appearances in support of the album Uno. That sucks for Green Day fans but is probably the right move to make. After all, we’d like to have Green Day pumping out rock anthems for years to come.
Side note: If you ever find yourself alone (or in a group if you happen to run in the same circles) with Billie Joe Armstrong don’t rush him or tell him he’s only got one minute to go.