With three new albums on the horizon set for quick-release succession, Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong is feeling quite a bit of pressure. So much so, that a recent outburst at the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas has led to the frontman checking into rehab for treatment for substance abuse.
As Green Day was wrapping up its Friday performance at the two-day fest, Armstrong went relatively apeshit in the belief that his band’s time was being cut short, ranting a string of profanities and smashing his guitar before leaving the stage.
In a statement to The Associated Press, Green Day apologized “to those they offended at the iHeartRadio Festival” and said its set was not cut short by Clear Channel, the host of the two-day festival. However, Green Day's 45 minute set actually was cut to 30 minutes by iHeartRadio to make more room for Rihanna and Usher's set.
The multi-platinum Grammy-grabbing band also cancelled a strong of promotional appearances before the release of ¡Uno!, the first of three new upcoming albums. The second is to be out in November, and the last in January. The band is due to kick off a nationwide tour Nov. 26 in Seattle.
Green Day posted this message on its official Facebook page Sunday:
“Billie Joe is seeking treatment for substance abuse. 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. We regretfully must postpone some of our upcoming promotional appearances.”
The band did not disclose what sort of substance abuse Armstrong will be treated for, and emails to both the band’s personal and record label representatives from EW have not been returned at this time.
It’s unclear what Armstrong is specifically receiving treatment for. While we wait for updates on Armstrong's well-being, check out the band's just-released video for "Stay The Night," as well as our full review of ¡Uno!