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Billie Joe Armstrong has checked into rehab following a major onstage meltdown. While performing at the iHeartRadio Festival on Friday night in Las Vegas, the Green Day frontman launched into an expletive-laden tirade, then smashed his guitar onstage. Watch the unedited version here, or check out the safe-for-work clip below.
Apparently, what set Armstrong off was a monitor that warned the band they had one minute left to play. According to some reports, the Green Day set was shortened to give more time to Usher.
"You're gonna give me one minute?" Armstrong, 40, screamed at the audience. "I've been around since f***ing nineteen eighty f***ing eight, and you're gonna give me one minute?! You've gotta be f***ing kidding me!"
"I'm not f***ing Justin Bieber, you motherf***ers!" he yelled at the cheering crowd. The singer-songwriter then smashed his guitar repeatedly on the stage, saying "Let me show you what one f***ing minute f***ing means!" After the guitar was destroyed, Armstrong flashed his middle finger and walked offstage, saying, "We'll be back."
As it turns out, he won't be back so soon. On Sunday, Green Day announced that Armstrong had checked into rehab.
"Billie Joe is seeking treatment for substance abuse," the band revealed in a statement. "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."
The band did not reveal the nature of Armstrong's substance abuse problems. The singer has spoken freely about using drugs in the past (and has said that the name Green Day was inspired by marijuana), but claims he quit after becoming a father. (He has two sons with wife Adrienne Nesser, both teenagers.) In 2003, he was arrested for drunk driving in Berkeley, Calif. "I definitely regret that," Armstrong told Details last year.