Billie Joe Armstrong speaks out about his stint in rehab
Green Day singer Billie Joe Armstrong has broken his silence about the substance abuse issues that sent him to rehab last year, speaking out about things finally coming to a head and causing the punk-rocker to seek the help he knew he needed.
MTV News reports that in a recent interview with Rolling Stone magazine, Armstrong detailed the years of alcohol and prescription drug abuse which lead to the onstage meltdown at a Las Vegas radio festival late last year.
“I couldn't predict where I was going to end up at the end of the night,” he said of his state-of-mind before the incident.
“I'd wake up in a strange house on a couch. I wouldn't remember how. It was a complete blackout.”
Then in September during the iHeartRadio festival, Billie Joe launched into an expletive-filled tirade on stage after being told the band needed to wrap their set.
The outburst, which made headlines around the world, was what convinced Armstrong that he needed to seek help, with the band announcing shortly after that the singer would be receiving treatment for unspecified substance issues.
“I remember tiny things,” he said of the meltdown.
“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.’”
Green Day cancelled the rest of their 2012 tour dates but by late December they announced they were ready to hit the road again, with Armstrong releasing a statement to thank fans for their support.
“Dear friends ... I just want to thank you for all the love you've show for the past few months,” Armstrong wrote.
“Believe me, it hasn't gone unnoticed and I'm eternally grateful to have such an amazing set of friends and family. I'm getting better every day. So now, without further ado, the show must go on. We can't wait to get on the road and live out loud!”
Written by Lucy Slight