By Laurent Riley—Special to Musiqtone News Online
Last weekend, Green Day Billie Joe Armstong and the rest of his group had a meltdown on stage at the iHeartRadio Festival in Las Vegas after a teleprompter seemingly told them that they only had one minute left to perform. The group then spent that minute destroying their guitars and spewing profanity as they left the stage.
Afterwards, Armstrong was quoted as saying that Rock and Roll is dead in the mainstream, insinuating that the Rock and Roll and groups like Green Day were destined to become part of Las Vegas’ Cultural Corridor. However, it now appears that Armstrong may have had deeper issues as it has been revealed that Armstrong is undergoing treatment for substance abuse.
In a statement from the band on Sunday, they announced Armstrong was going into rehab and that their set was not cut short by Clear Channel as Armstrong suggested. They also apologized for their conduct at the iHeartRadio Festival.
According to reports, the prompting of one minute was supposedly done to give more time for Usher to perform. This prompted Armstrong to claim that Rock and Roll was dead in the mainstream.
The question one has to ask regarding Armstrong’s statement was whether it was sincere or whether it was the drugs talking. With his quick entry into rehab one has to lean toward the drugs. At the same time, one has to wonder if this isn’t some type of elaborate ploy to draw attention to their new album Uno! that came out this week.
In either event, we wish Billie Joe a complete recovery and hope to see him performing again soon.