Green Day’s Billie Joe talks about drug fuelled meltdown: “It was a complete blackout”
Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong has finally opened up about his recent stint in rehab and the very public meltdown that preceeded it.
Speaking to Rolling Stone about his struggles with substance abuse and that infamous onstage tirade – which saw the singer launch into an expletive-laden attack at the promoters of iHeartRadio festival in Las Vegas – Armstrong recalled: “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.”
He revealed that straight after the incident he called his manager who said, “You’re getting on a plane, going back to Oakland and going into rehab immediately.”
Due to Armstrong’s admission into rehab, Green Day were forced to postpone their touring schedule for their three-part album trilogy Â¡Uno!, Â¡Dos! and Â¡Tré! . However, true to their word, the band will resume shows next month, kicking things off with a performance at SXSX on March 15. From there they will recommence the postponed US tour before heading over to London in June.
In an interview with the Herald Sun last year, Armstrong speculated that Green Day would be back in Australia in “February or March” 2013 – but with US touring due to recommence on March 28, there is little chance we will see the band back on our shores anytime soon.