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Billie Joe Armstrong Seeking Substance Abuse Treatment After Vegas Meltdown

Band apologizes for iHeartRadio incident

Rolling Stone Sep 24, 2012
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Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong is seeking treatment for substance abuse, his bandmates have announced. Green Day posted the news in a statement on their Facebook page on Sunday, two days after Armstrong made waves with a profanity-riddled tantrum onstage at the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas.

Billboard reported that a sign indicating that the band had one minute left for their set on Friday night triggered Armstrong’s meltdown, along with accusations that the festival organizers were cutting the band short. Armstrong ended the set by smashing up his guitar, saying “Let me show you what one minute fucking means.”

“We would like everyone to know that our set was not cut short by Clear Channel and to apologize to those we offended at the iHeartRadio Festival in Las Vegas,” the band’s statement says. “We regretfully must postpone some of our upcoming promotional appearances.”

The first installment of the band’s new album trilogy, Uno!, Dos! and Tré! comes out on Tuesday. Promotion for the new album hit another snag earlier this month when Green Day was forced to cancel a concert in Italy after Armstrong was hospitalized with what the band said was severe dehydration.

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