Billie Joe Armstrong, the lead singer of the rock band Green Day, has admitted he is seeking help for substance abuse.
A statement on the band’s website revealed that Billie Joe Armstrong was receiving treatment.
It comes hours after Billie Joe Armstrong stormed off stage at the iHeartRadio festival in Las Vegas ending the band’s set.
A sign had appeared saying they had one minute left to perform but Green Day’s website confirmed that the set had not been cut short.
Billie Joe Armstrong stormed off stage at the iHeartRadio festival in Las Vegas ending Green Day set
The organisers said that Green Day’s set was not curtailed and afterwards Billie Joe was “pumped and laughing backstage”.
Green Day’s website apologised to fans who were offended.
It said: “We would like everyone to know that our set was not cut short.
“We regretfully must postpone some of our upcoming promotional appearances.”
With nearly a quarter of a century of music under their belts, Green Day certainly have plenty of material.
So perhaps it is understandable why Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong went on a foul-mouthed tirade after his band’s playing time was cut to make way for Usher at the iHeartRadio festival in Las Vegas.
The 40-year-old Dookie star flew off the handle when he discovered 20 minutes were getting shaved off their set to make room for more mainstream acts.
It all kicked off when he noticed that producers had run down his time to one minute.
The pint-sized punk stopped performing mid-song, pointed out the clock to the audience, and then started ranting and swearing uncontrollably.
Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong went on a foul-mouthed tirade after his band's playing time was cut to make way for Usher at the iHeartRadio festival in Las Vegas
He said: “You’re going to give me one minute? One f***ing minute? I’ve been around since f***ing ninteen eighty f***ing eight and you’re going to give me one f***ing minute?
“I’m not f***ing Justin Bieber, you motherf***ers.”
Ironically, Billie Joe Armstrong was actually in error, as the band he founded actually started playing in 1987.
He said the word f*** more than 20 times in the single minute he had left, before organizers turned his microphone off.
But the angry star was not finished as he decided to smash up his guitar onstage.
As the hot-tempered entertainer walked off, he had some final words to say, telling fans: “We’ll be back.”
Not everyone was happy at his behavior though, with one fan saying on YouTube: “I think he deserves to be mad, but why the hell did he was cursing like that?
“I’m a big Green Day fan, but I think he didn’t have to do all this drama ON the stage because that was so unprofessional, and also that Bieber comment was really unnecessary.
“And also that “f***ing” “f***” “f***/ers” words every 2 seconds…”
After becoming an underground success, Green Day’s major label debut Dookie in 1994 helped revive interest in the flailing genre.
It ended up selling more than 10 million copies in the US alone.
They have continued to be a successful touring and recording unit, with their last album 21st Century Breakdown being their biggest chart success to date.
It reached number one in the US, UK and Europe, and won a Grammy award for best rock album.
[googlead tip=”patrat_mare”]Belgian festival Pukkelpop 2011 deaths toll raised to five after a severe storm struck, knocking down screens and collapsing tents and stages, officials said on Friday.
Another eight festival attendees were seriously injured according to Hilde Claes, mayor of the eastern Belgian city of Hasselt, were festival have been held. The mayor also told Belgian television that some 65 people had more minor injuries.
Belgian Pukkelpop 2011 deaths toll raised to five.
[googlead tip=”lista_medie” aliniat=”stanga”]About 65,000 mainly young people were attending Pukkelpop 2011 when the storm struck early in the evening. Many were sheltering in large festival tents, which were whipped away by the wind.
“The storm struck in an incredibly sudden way,” said Hilde Claes, who was there.
“It was a real whirlwind. I have never seen anything like it in Hasselt before.”
The three-day Pukkelpop 2011 was set to have featured rapper Eminem, Foo Fighters, 30 seconds to Mars and The Offspring among others.
According to a post on Pukkelpop 2011 official website, the organizers decided early on Friday to cancel the rest of the festival.
“Pukkelpop is in deep mourning. We truly sympathise with the families and friends of the victims.
Words are not enough. We have struggled with the decision to continue the festival. Therefore we have decided to cancel Pukkelpop 2011.
What has happened is very exceptional and could not have been predicted. We are deeply moved by… “
[googlead tip=”vertical_mediu” aliniat=”stanga”] Pukkelpop is an annual music festival which takes place near the city of Hasselt, Belgium in mid-to-late August. It is held within a large enclosure of fields and woodland – between a dual carriageway called Kempische Steenweg – in the village of Kiewit, approximately 7 km north of Hasselt. It is the second largest music festival in the country after Rock Werchter, with an attendance rate of 180,000 over the course of the event in 2009.
The programme is noted for its wide variety of alternative music, spanning styles such as rock, pop, electronic, dance, hip-hop, punk and heavy metal. The event’s organizers aim the festival to be a “progressive and contemporary” musical event. Notable acts that have performed at previous editions include Sonic Youth, The Mission, Ramones, Nirvana, The Sisters of Mercy, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Neil Young, The Smashing Pumpkins, Radiohead, Foo Fighters, Metallica, Green Day, Guns N’ Roses, Pixies, Daft Punk, The Prodigy, Nine Inch Nails and Iron Maiden. The term “pukkel” is the Dutch word for “pimple”.
The Belgian tragedy comes just five days after another five people died when an outdoor concert stage collapsed in heavy winds at the Indiana State Fair in the United States.