The Daily Buzz: Why Green Day Frontman Billie Joe Armstrong Checked into Rehab (VIDEO)
Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong shocked fans when he announced that he was entering a rehab facility after having a meltdown onstage during last week's iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas.
When the band was given a one-minute warning to wrap its set onstage, Armstrong screamed, “You’re f–king kidding me. What the f–k! I’m not f–king Justin Bieber, you motherf–kers... I got one minute, one minute left.”
But were the signs of his addiction there all along?
"It's sometimes hard to tell the difference between addictive type behavior and a rock star performance," Mandy Baker, the Director at Origins Recovery Centers, told Celebuzz. However, Baker notes that Armstrong's "general level of agitation and what seems to be his lack of self-control" are all signs of the frontman's struggles with addiction.
What kind of pressures do being a performer play on someone's sobriety?
"Certainly, the stress plays with the brain," said Baker. "The schedule that we ask rock stars to keep certainly prevents them from developing some of the accountability networks that other individuals who are in recovery might be able to develop and would help them on their path to sobriety."
The band issued a statement on its official Facebook page on Sunday.
“Billie Joe is seeking treatment for substance abuse. We would like everyone to know that our set was not cut short by Clear Channel and to apologize to those we offended at the iHeartRadio Festival in Las Vegas. We regretfully must postpone some of our upcoming promotional appearances.”
Green Day's newest album Uno! dropped on Tuesday. Yet the band may have to put their promotional tour on an indefinite hold. Baker said the "magic number" could be anywhere from 60 to 100 days in treatment.
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