Billie Joe Armstrong Checks Into Rehab After Flipping Out About Not Being Justin Bieber

September 24th, 2012 // 94 Comments
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Because he’s still totally punk rawk, above is Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong acting like he didn’t get an Avengers figure in the toy aisle when producers at the iHeartRadio Music festival gave them a one-minute warning that their agreed-upon set time was over. A meltdown that ended with him yelling he’s “not fucking Justin Bieber, you motherfuckers” smashing his guitar all over the stage and then checking into rehab. Us Magazine reports:

“Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong is seeking treatment for substance abuse,” their rep said in a statement Sunday. “Green Day would like everyone to know that their set was not cut short by Clear Channel and to apologize to those they offended at the iHeart Radio Festival in Las Vegas.”

After “Time Of Your Life (Good Riddance)” came out my senior year of high school and taught me to systematically remove/avoid anyone in my life who responded to hearing it with “Ohmygod, this song so makes me cry and think about Smiley Cookies at Eat’n Park after football games,” I vowed to never give one shit about Green Day again. So fuck you, Billie Joe Armstrong, for making me break that vow, I’m going to eat your children even though they’re almost in college now because you’re 40. You’re 40 years old.

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  1. fucktard

    and what’s wrong with 40 you fucktard? you better put a bullet in your head now – save yourself the trouble later on.

  2. SWG

    Funny thing to see him struggle to smash his guitar.

  3. zoe

    Love him!

  4. florence

    Hey now. He was pissed because Usher went 20 minutes over time, thus cutting their set short. What does usher even do that requires 20 minutes?

  5. Inmate 12236969

    Are you fucking kidding me?

  6. cuddles

    My fellow high school seniors saw it fit to make that piece of shit our official class song. So fuck you Billie Joe, and fuck every half wit that voted for your shit song back in 1998.

    • Why does everyone hate that song so much. It’s a very appropriate song for a graduation. At least you guys Green Day. I had Vitamin C’s “Graduation”. I heard thatsong on the radio the day after I graduated and I started to cry like a bitch. Involuntary bitch tears.

      See the thing is, no matter how much you hate or high school, when it’s over it hits you hard because it was a major development period in your life. I didn’t give a fuck about my school. I only went to hang out with my friends. I walked away from it with a smile on my face like “I never have to see this place again” So for it to get that reaction out of me was a surprise.

    • Mateo

      Don’t blame Green Day for your classmates terrible choice.

    • KC

      Well the song is about a breakup and basically says “I tried to be understanding and appreciate the good times we had, but broke my heart so me so f-ck you I never want to see you again anyway,” hence the name “Good Riddance”. Personally I’ve always found it a particularly hilarious graduation song and actually started laughing out loud when they used it for the photo montage at my graduation.

  7. I love Green Day. I’m so glad to see him do that. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen a rock star do shit like this. At least he’s keeping it real. The rehab thing takes the edge off but I’m willing to ignore that.

  8. Anastasia Beaverhausen

    Green Day: Trying too hard since 1994.

    • SuckItTrebek

      Green Day is to main stream for you? You probably don’t like Pearl Jam, RHCP, or the Foo Fighters either. Just becasue you don’t like a genre of music doesn’t mean it sucks.

  9. He’s as punk rock as Avril Lavign!!

    And he sends his kids to Montesorri schools…nothing wrong with that, but it just seems a bit counter to the Punk ethos.

    Oh and he’s a colossal douche!

    • I don’t know, punk ethos tends to revolve around anti-establishment ideology and personal freedom, which Montessori is more suited for than traditional schooling. Montessori schools focus around freedom of action within the child’s environment rather than structured learning. Seems at least compatible with punk.

  10. What’s with all this “me” “me” “I” shit anyway? It’s a band.

  11. And another thing: What goddamn American says “On holiday”????
    Does he say “in hospital” too? Shit, he’s as bad as Madonna with his wanna-be Brit hard on(Yes, Madonna gets hard-ons)

  12. dude

    Duh….we know he’s “not fucking Justin Bieber”…Selena Gomez is.

  13. Well of course you get one minute left…you’re in Green Day man!

  14. FudgeSticks

    Acting like a child and throwing a fit? He must be a liberal!

  15. Sizzle

    Eat n’ Park after football games? You must be from Pennsylvania. I apologize.

    • Fish has also given away that he’s either 33 or 34… be careful Fish, the girls from last year’s banner girl contest will be out to hunt you down (as if you’d be unhappy with that ending)

  16. i thought it was great \,,/ ! !,,and i don’t care for green day but i’d be pissed too ! !

  17. What this idiot needs to understand is that he is the Justin Bieber of pop punk. He is the definition of corporate teen angst sold at the mall for the last twenty years. No one watching punk shows at Gilman thought you were anything other than a Bieber that spit on the ceiling and caught it in his mouth. This guy…..shit….fuck this guy. All I remember about my punk rock ethos is rule #1: Not giving a fuck. Try it Billy.

  18. Devilish Diva

    I don’t see why his tantrum was such a big “fucking” deal. I’m not a Green Day fan. In fact, I think they owe major props and royalties to the Buzzcocks and the Ramones.
    But for Usher to bite into their performance time and for the state of pop music as it is—stupid teeny bop autotune crap, I think he had a right to be pissed.
    Back in the 60s and 70s, musicians ranted and wrecked their guitars. Is this news? And he went to rehab for this?

    • Craptard

      fyi, in the ’60s, Jimi Hendrix was the opening act for The Monkees.
      it’s always been about the money, and nothing else.

      • The Royal Penis

        Damn that’s a shameful piece of trivia. Hendrix opening for the Monkees? I had to google it because I didn’t believe it….you sir are the winner for today.

      • Devilish Diva

        The pre-fab Monkees look like musical geniuses compared to what gets passed off as pop music today, or I should write since the Spice Girls, BSB, and Britney Spears came to be in the late ’90s, pop music sounds like a parody of pop music on a really stupid sitcom.

        Still, can you picture an edgy, underground musician or band opening for, let’s say, One Direction or Justin Bieber? I can’t.

    • Well, he is clearly neurotic to the bone. There’s really no doubt about that.

  19. BSname

    That was the most entertaining thing I have ever seen come out of Green Day.

  20. El Jefe

    So he threw a tantrum, smashed guitars and now is going to rehab…so basically a rockstar. That is what they are supposed to do.

  21. Mary Feeney

    How edgy, cool, hip and rebellious it is in 2012 to say the “f” word over and over and over and over and to smash your guitar on stage… Yawn. Such a lack of imagination and originality cannot be explained away by “substance abuse.”

  22. stratacat

    this coming from someone with a broadway show. go to the gym asshat.

  23. Not pictured: the 40 whacks he gave the guitar before putting a dent in it.

  24. Jonesy

    If he was punk, he would have smashed himself in the face and then the nuts with that Gibson. Demolishing it against the stage floor reaks of SUM41.

  25. zzzzz

    I don’t know…it didn’t look like he was on drugs in that vid…

    I like hollywood drama…so I am willing to bet the 20 mins cutting short thing did happen and Green Day is being pressured to check into rehab to take the blame for exposing it live :P

    So far, we didn’t hear Usher confirming the extended act never happen :/

    • If this is true, which I think you have a point btw, fuck them for thinking that Billy Joe wasn’t going to rip them a new one. It’s kind of what he does, so it’s their own fault. You don’t cut Green Day short, they’ve earned that respect.

  26. mrsmass

    i’m glad i’m not the only one who hates this song because a bunch of shitdicks in my high school class decided to make it the graduation song. Green Day jumped the shark that year as far as I am concerned. I guess he doesn’t realize his band went pop a long ass time ago? He’s lucky anyone actually still listens to the shit that they put out.

  27. Deacon Jones

    “I am one of those….MEL LOD DRAMATIC-” Oh shut the fuck up already BILLY! I hated your shit in the fucking 90s!

    And speaking of substance abuse, having partaked in my fair share of partying, Im willing to bet he’s got a coke habit.

  28. The Royal Penis

    What the hell is he going to rehab for? Do they have rehab for people who make sense now?

    They shouldn’t have hosed Green Day for Usher.

    Who the hell wants to see Usher sing via autotune while dancing around the stage like a minstrel show monkey anyway? I liked it better when Usher was doing mall performances and Jenny Jones-it fits his talent level.

  29. skunk

    why didnt he talk shit about usher instead of justin beiber who had nothing to do with it

  30. “I’ve been around since 1988!” My freshman year in high school has an element of street cred now.

  31. Green Day is a fucking institution. If you stopped listening to them because you didn’t like one of their songs that’s really fucking lame and it’s your loss. “This song doesn’t make me want to punch assholes in a circle thus proving my masculinity, boo fucking hoo. Fuck them for writing a song that people that aren’t exactly like me like, these guys suck now.” Don’t be such a facefart ya facefart.

    • mrsmass

      it has nothing to do with the song not making me want to punch people in the face, but everything to do with me not wanting to listen to shitty music.

  32. mjosh

    Do you have the time, to listen to him whine? About nothing and everything all at once.

    Sometimes he gives himself the creeps. Sometimes his mind plays tricks on him. It all keeps adding up, I think he’s cracking up. Is he just paranoid? Or is he just a sellout?

  33. AHZ

    Eat’n Park? you’re from Pittsburgh?

  34. Blackhawks Rule!

    So, did you steal the whole sugar/ milk/ salt ‘n pepper shaker/ silverware set from Eat ‘n Park too and use it as an example of your “badassery” by displaying it in your locker?

  35. Brandon

    The real meaning of “Time of your Life”, which is actually titled “Good Riddance (Time of your Life)” is an official fuck you to everyone that doesn’t get it, wants to live in the past, and not having an open mind about things changing. Hence the Good Riddance.

    BJA might be singing “I hope you had the time of your life, but it’s really “I hope YOU had the time of your life you asshole cause I’m moving on and changing. If you don’t want to be a part of my new life then Good Riddance.”

  36. Lauren

    What a lame post Superficial – not funny at all and all you got is to say he’s 40? Super weaksauce. Green Day is awesome and who gives a shit how old he is, Billy Joe still knows how to rock. So maybe go back to the drawing board and try to come up with something funnier cause this post is so full of fail.

  37. guest

    holy shit. i haven’t heard eat n park smiley cookie since i’ve been to white trash central pittsburgh pa.

  38. Man he broke his axe? That is punk rock. Now he only has nine left in his road case.

  39. PZ

    Lighten up Francis.

  40. Put It In

    Who cares about this talentless dildo.

  41. Frank Frank

    American Idiot, indeed. Good luck in rehab.

  42. Miss Moppet

    You know ever since the moment Garth Brooks did that TV concert on NBC in the 90′s and smashed his guitar on stage, destroying instruments has ceased to be counter culture or rock and roll. Destroying your set isn’t even cool so much as expected. Or maybe I’m just old now. All I can think about is “Heyyy that thing cost money pal. Here have one of my Xanax.. and a Worthers.”

  43. Alexggb

    Aplause, Like him or not, you would also be pissed if this happened to you, It’s the equivalent of having to stand in line for an hour and finding out there are no tickets left once you get to the front.

  44. The bassplayer halfheartedly joins in, the drummer just snaps a stick over his knee and goes for a lie down….

  45. gloriana92

    For such a fucking loser, ya’ll got a whole lot of hate for him. And the best part is he’s laughing all the way to the bank.

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