Basket Case: Billie Joe Armstrong Feels Dissed, Unleashes Profanity-Laden Rant At iHeartRadio
Las Vegas, NV – What do Justin Bieber, Usher, and Billie Joe Armstrong’s guitar have in common? They were all trashed by the Green Day singer on Friday during a performance at the iHeartRadio Music Festival after he felt disrespected by fest-officials.
During Green Day’s performance at the MGM Grand Theater, Armstrong was apparently incensed that his set time had been reduced, and unleashed a profanity-laden rant in between songs as his set clock ticked away. He defended his tenure in the music industry, stressing that he’s been a staple for 25 years (careful, Billie Joe … that’s what people say when they’re washed up) and threw other performers like Justin Bieber and Usher under the bus.
“I’m going to play a f—ing new song,” he said. “F— this sh–. Gimme a f—ing break. One minute left. One minute f—ing left. You’re going to give me one minute.”
“I’m not f—ing Justin Bieber, you mother—-ers. You’ve got to be f—ing joking. I got one minute. One minute left. Now I got nothing left.”
By the way, the Biebs wasn’t even at the iHeartRadio Fest, reports MTV News.
According to Perez, Green Day’s set was cut 20 minutes short so that Usher could have more stage time. It is unknown when Armstrong was informed of this, but he seemed pretty upset throughout his entire set over what he perceived as disrespect on the part of iHeartRadio. It’s really kind of sad.
In any case, here’s video of the incident, courtesy of Perez (NSFW and strong language warning). Around 3:11, he goes off about the four minute limit, but after 5:58, things get really interesting.