Billie Joe Armstrong had a very public meltdown in September 2012. The now infamous Las Vegas show rant was caught on tape and ultimately led Billie Joe to check himself into rehab. Now the Green Day frontman is opening up about his addiction, his time in rehab, and his onstage meltdown.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, the Green Day singer admits that he went off the deep end after suffering through some of his “darkest” drug-fueled days in recent memory.
The 41-year-old rocker tells Rolling Stone:
“I couldn’t predict where I was going to end up at the end of the night. I’d wake up in a strange house on a couch. I wouldn’t remember how. It was a complete blackout.”
Those drug fueled nights led up to the iHeartRadio festival in Las Vegas. During the show, Armstrong went crazy, began swearing repeatedly, and smashed his guitar. Billie Joe Armstrong then looked out at his fans and proclaimed, “What the f–k! I’m not f–king Justin Bieber, you motherf–kers,” along with various other rants.
Following his crazy onstage meltdown, Billie Joe checked himself into rehab to deal with various forms of substance abuse.
The rocker tells the music publication of his Vegas show:
“I remember tiny things. The next morning, I woke up. I asked [my wife] Adrienne, ‘How bad was it?’ She said, ‘It’s bad.’ I called my manager. He said, ‘You’re getting on a plane, going back to Oakland and going into rehab immediately.'”