Green Day Singer in Rehab After Meltdown
Billie Joe Armstrong checks himself in for substance abuse
By Mary Papenfuss, Newser Staff | Suggested by AstroDude
Posted Sep 24, 2012 2:00 AM CDT
Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day performs at the 2012 iHeartRadio Music Festival at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.   (AP Photo/Clear Channel, Andrew Swartz)

(Newser) – Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong is checking himself into rehab after a rant mentioning Justin Bieber last week in Vegas. Armstrong ended the band's performance at the iHeart Radio Festival after an obscenity-laced tirade, smashing his guitar, then storming off stage. "I'm not effing Justin Bieber," Armstrong screamed after he thought he had been told to wrap up the set, according to MTV. "Green Day wants to apologize to those they offended," reads a statement on the band's website. "We regretfully must postpone some of our upcoming promotional appearances." What substances Armstrong has been abusing were not revealed.

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Sep 24, 2012 10:36 PM CDT
You don't tell Green Day to cut their set in half because the show was running late. Drunk or sober Billie would have pitched a fit. These guys are punks who put out 200%. They aren't Justin Bieber, they're the real deal. Try that shit with Iggy Pop or Johnny Lydon & see the reaction. Stand way back when you cut their sets in half.
Sep 24, 2012 6:36 PM CDT
Another mentally ill smoker, brain-damaged from addiction to the ILLEGAL tobacco drug! Tobacco drug a gateway drug to so many others, of course! BAN THE ILLEGAL TOBACCO DRUG, NOW AND PROSECUTE THE CRIMINAL TOBACCO PUSHERS, TOO! TOBACCO IS TERRORISM!
Sep 24, 2012 10:05 AM CDT
Sending out good vibes to Billie Joe. Also, that was pretty punk rock of him.