Billie Joe Armstrong opens up post-rehab
February 27th, 2013
12:07 PM ET

Billie Joe Armstrong opens up post-rehab

We remember Billie Joe Armstrong's iHeartRadio meltdown last fall pretty clearly, but the Green Day frontman only has a faint recollection of what happened.

"I remember tiny things," Armstrong tells Rolling Stone in its new issue, which chronicles the musician's years of substance abuse and recent stint in rehab.

Last September, Armstrong gave an expletive-filled rant on stage during Green Day's performance at the iHeartRadio festival in Las Vegas. His outburst was prompted by a signal for Green Day to end their set earlier than expected.

"You're kidding me," Armstrong said at the time when he saw the band had just a minute left to wrap it up.  "I'm not ... Justin Bieber ... Let me show you what one minute ... means."

The next morning, after Armstrong smashed his guitar on stage and stormed off, the singer says he woke up and asked his wife how bad it was.

"She said, 'it's bad,'" Armstrong tells Rolling Stone. "I called my manager. He said, 'You're getting on a plane, going back to Oakland and going into rehab immediately.'"

Armstrong did exactly that, causing Green Day to cancel the rest of its North American tour dates as he sought treatment.

"I couldn't predict where I was going to end up at the end of the night," Armstrong tells Rolling Stone of his struggles with alcohol and prescription drugs. "I'd wake up in a strange house on a couch. I wouldn't remember how. It was a complete blackout."

Armstrong's full interview with Rolling Stone will be available on newsstands Friday.


Filed under: Celebrities • Green Day • Music

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  1. routa

    useless musician

    March 2, 2013 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Yo Mama

    Maybe he should get treatment for the skin disease on his arms...

    March 1, 2013 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
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  4. Peace

    That would be creepy waking up in strange places. I wish him well.

    February 27, 2013 at 10:21 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Sabrina

    ssssshhhhh. that was a quiet poooop.

    February 27, 2013 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Barney Rubblle

    My teacher said this is crazy music for growed ups and hippies. We aren't supposed to listen to it.

    February 27, 2013 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  7. bee's

    you could have s*x to their song..yep

    February 27, 2013 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Yes!

    i can dance on my lunch hour now.

    February 27, 2013 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jason L

    I quote Billy himself "And there's nothing wrong with me, this is how I'm suppose to be...."

    February 27, 2013 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  10. @Marita

    I would very much like to know, why CNN is posting this 'Poop-obsessed' persons comments over + over again!? Just ignoring him/her doesn't seem to work!! – @Marita.

    February 27, 2013 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  11. San Jose

    At least he's smart enough to listen to, and trust the people around him. LiLo would just fire everyone and keep pAArtying.

    February 27, 2013 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Yes...

    i think he's fine too...i like the dark hair.

    February 27, 2013 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Grandmaster Pooooop

    When he was on stage, did he POOOOOOP?

    February 27, 2013 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jackie Cogan

    okay so i guess now hes fine?....cool story

    February 27, 2013 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Hi!

    hope everyone had a lovely morning–

    February 27, 2013 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  16. The Inside Voice

    Glad he got the help, now stay successful!

    February 27, 2013 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |

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