Billie Joe Armstrong’s Pre-Rehab Rant: Get in on the Conversation With Jane Velez-Mitchell

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Billie Joe Armstrong is on the road to recovery after checking into treatment for substance abuse.

But it’s his pre-rehab meltdown that has raised eyebrows. While wrapping up a set at the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas on Friday, the Green Day frontman unraveled into a profanity-laden rant on stage as he complained the band’s time was being cut short.

“One minute left, one minute (expletive) left,” he exclaimed. “You’re gonna give me (expletive) one minute? … I’m not (expletive) Justin Bieber, you (expletives)!”

After smashing his guitar on the ground, Armstrong stormed off the stage. In a statement released to The Associated Press, the band has since apologized for the incident, insisting its gig was not cut off by concert promoters, as had been suggested.

But now the question looms large: Can the public forgive Armstrong for his cursing rant?

Armstrong’s one possible salvation lies in his substance abuse issues. Perhaps the public and fans of Green Day — who will release its new album, Uno, on Tuesday — can find forgiveness given the musician’s current medical struggles.

Indeed, news of Armstrong entering treatment comes just weeks after the rock trio was forced to scrap a show in Italy after the frontman was hospitalized for an unknown medical issue. Now, the band has had to “postpone some of their upcoming promotional appearances,” according to the rep’s statement.

So will Armstrong be forgiven? Weigh in with your remarks to HLN host Jane Velez-Mitchell. She will be taking questions and comments on the subject until tomorrow, September 25, on Celebuzz.

Later this week, the Hollywood expert will share her thoughts on the Armstrong scandal with the Celebuzz community. The award-winning TV journalist hosts the hit show Jane Velez-Mitchell, airing at 7PM ET on HLN, where she tackles the day’s most controversial events from a wide range of viewpoints. Check out for more details.

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