Bil­lie Joe to re­hab af­ter melt­down

Winnipeg Free Press - Section D - - ENTERTAINMENT -

NEW YORK — Green Day’s Bil­lie Joe Arm­strong is headed to treat­ment for sub­stance abuse.

Sun­day’s an­nounce­ment by the band’s rep comes af­ter the 40-year-old front­man had a melt­down on­stage at the iHeartRa­dio Mu­sic Fes­ti­val in Las Ve­gas on Fri­day. As Green Day was wrapping up its per­for­mance dur­ing the all-star, two-day concert, Arm­strong pro­fanely com­plained that the band’s time was be­ing cut short.

“One minute left, one minute (ex­ple­tive) left. You’re gonna give me (ex­ple­tive) one minute? ...I’m not (ex­ple­tive) Justin Bieber, you (ex­ple­tives)!” he yelled (al­though Bieber was not part of the night’s fes­tiv­i­ties).

Arm­strong smashed his gui­tar be­fore leav­ing the stage.

In a state­ment to The As­so­ci­ated Press, Green Day apol­o­gized “to those they of­fended at the iHeartRa­dio Fes­ti­val” and said its set was not cut short by Clear Chan­nel, the host of the two-day fes­ti­val.

It’s un­clear what Arm­strong is re­ceiv­ing treat­ment for; in 2003, he was ar­rested for DUI, and has ac­knowl­edged in the past tak­ing var­i­ous drugs but has said he now es­chews them.

The Grammy win­ning band also is can­celling some of its pro­mo­tional ap­pear­ances. It is due to re­lease the al­bum Uno on Tues­day, the fol­low-up to 21st Cen­tury Break­down, re­leased three years ago. Uno is the first in a tril­ogy of al­bums; the sec­ond is to be out in Novem­ber, and the last in Jan­uary.

ERIC REED / THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

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