Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong returns to the music scene after his on stage breakdown.
Punk band Green Day has a comeback brewing after frontman Billie Joe Armstong’s struggle with substance abuse halted the hype on their albums’ launches and delayed their North American tour.
The group was meant to end 2012 in a huge way, promoting the release of their three new albums Uno!, Dos!, and Tre! which were meant to drop September, November, and January respectively. Green Day was also supposed to begin touring in November.
Their plans were altered after an incident at the iHeartRadio festival in Las Vegas in late September, where frontman Billie Joe Armstrong had an apparent breakdown during the set, giving a profanity laced monologue before smashing his guitar and abruptly walking off the stage. Perhaps the most notable quote from the rant, Billie Joe declared “I’m not f—ing Justin Bieber you motherf—ers”.
The fall out from iHeartRadio was instant. The clip of the outburst went viral. The next day, the band released a statement that Billie Joe was seeking treatment for substance abuse and all upcoming Green Day appearances were postponed. The band also pushed up the release of the third album Tre! to December.
Fast forward to present day and Green Day is determined to make up their absence to fans. Billie Joe, out of rehab, is appearing on the cover of Rollingstone which will contain an interview he gave opening up about his history of alcohol and prescription drug abuse.
“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” Billie Joe admitted to Rollingstone, explaining that he only remembers bits and pieces of the iHeartRadio incident. The article and cover photo will appear in Rollingstone on March 1.
This month, two documentaries about Green Day are being released. Cuatro! follows the band through the process of making the three albums and includes never before seen live performances. It premiered at the Winter X Games and will be released publicly soon. Broadway Idiot is the second documentary, focusing on Billie Joe’s experience as a cast member on the successful musical American Idiot, which was based on the band’s 2004 album.
The North American tour dates have been finalized, and Green Day is ready to hit the road starting March 10th. While a number of shows had to be cancelled in order to keep up with their schedule, the band will perform across the country before their international tour this summer.
After his return, Billy Joe stated to fans “. … The show must go on. We can’t wait to get on the road and live out loud. Our passion has only grown stronger.”