Billie Joe Armstrong from Green Day finally goes to rehab
By Bill Zwecker September 23, 2012 9:22PM
FILE: Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong To Enter Rehab
Updated: October 25, 2012 6:17AM
According to sources close to Green Day, Billie Joe Armstrong’s trip to rehab has been long overdue. The singer’s publicist confirmed on Sunday that Armstrong is getting the help he needs after the Green Day frontman had a total meltdown on stage two days earlier at the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas.
It all started when Armstrong learned producers had sliced 20 minutes out of the Green Day set — reportedly to make room for other acts, including Usher.
Armstrong went bananas with an expletive-laced rant that included a steady stream of the f-word. He was in mid-song, when he noticed a “one-minute” warning being flashed at him from a TelePrompter monitor.
“You’re going to give me one minute? One f---ing minute? I’ve been around since f---ing 19 f---ing 80 f---ing 8, and you’re going to give me one f---ing minute?
“I’m not f---ing Justin Bieber, you motherf---ers.”
(Actually, Green Day’s history is even a bit longer than an obviously outraged Armstrong indicated. The band formed in 1987 but changed its name to Green Day in 1989.)
Armstrong then stormed off stage smashing his guitar as he exited.
The band later issued a statement apologizing for the incident.
I understand that Armstrong’s Green Day team — including bandmates Mike Dirnt and Tre Cool — were all part of an intervention to get Armstrong to agree to go to rehab to deal with his abuse of various substances, including both prescription drugs and alcohol.
“Billie Joe has been a loose cannon for a long time,” said a Green Day insider. “It’s long past time when he should be getting some serious help.”
About three weeks ago, Armstrong was rushed to a hospital, forcing the cancellation of a concert in Italy. At the time, the singer insisted he had lost his voice. It now appears that may have been caused by a tough night of hard-partying.
JUST A HOOT: Charlize Theron and “Modern Family” star Eric Stonestreet are said to be more amused than upset about a published report they are a new item — illustrated by a photo of the couple hamming it up for the camera at a formal party, shot six months ago.
Along with firmly denying any romantic relationshiop, Stonestreet humorously took to Twitter to have some fun with it all. “I wish people would stop spreading rumors Charlize Theron and I are dating,” the portly actor tweeted. “It’s starting to make Halle Berry jealous.”
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