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Billie Joe Armstrong ready to tour, opens up about substance abuse

RollingStone

In an exclusive interview in the upcoming issue of Rolling Stone, Billie Joe Armstrong opens up about his years of alcohol and prescription drug abuse, and his road back from his onstage meltdown at the iHeartRadio festival in Las Vegas last September.

"I couldn't predict where I was going to end up at the end of the night," he tells Rolling Stone senior writer David Fricke. "I'd wake up in a strange house on a couch. I wouldn't remember how. It was a complete blackout." He finally confronted his problem after the Vegas radio festival, where the frontman smashed his guitar onstage and shouted, "I'm not f------ Justin Bieber." Armstrong's recovery sidetracked promotion of Green Day's album trilogy "¡Uno!," "¡Dos!" and "¡Tré!," and the group was forced to postpone tour dates.

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"I remember tiny things," Armstrong says of the Vegas incident. "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."

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Dec 13, 2013 10:49PM
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Cannot believe wife said its bad and the manager told hm to go to rehab.  Epic Fail
Mar 1, 2013 11:34PM
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All of you are just a bunch of judgemental douches who have nothing better to do but to just criticize singers and celebrities about the problems they have when we are no different. Nobody is perfect! All of us has skeletons in our own closets. At least he is admitting that he has problems and he needs help! So before all of yall judge, take a good look at the skeletons in your own closet.
Mar 1, 2013 11:00PM
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All these entertainment junkies are no different than any other junkie except that they got the dough to feed their habits with better quality dope and booze.  They got the dough to pay for rehab many times over and choose not to dump the monkey.  Who gives a crap?  I couldn't care less. They all chose the same dead-end road. Screw them and enjoy the ride, hopefully you'll clean up your acts.  I have no empathy at all for folks who only think and do for themselves.  That's the nature of an addict, be it dope, booze, sawdust, etc.  If it could be injected, snorted, swallowed it was on at least three tables in the house growing up.  Too many examples of what not to be.  Codeine and booze was my mom's fave.  Took her life because it was her choice even after many overdoses and stays at the Padded-Wall  Hotel thanks to the cops.  If anything these wealthy and high-profile entertainers should set a positive example.  Instead we got these dead- end jackasses from Lindsay Low-Hand to Michael Jack-your-son.  White-nosed Houston took the same ride because it was her decision to not dump the monkey.  It was her choice to surround herself with likewise folks.  I'm no better than anybody and worse than most.  I know if I take on a monkey I'll end just like any other junkie.  No thanks! 
Mar 1, 2013 5:09PM
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I HOPE U HAD THE TIME OF UR LIFE!!!!!!!!!!!!! For those that dont know,one of GREEN DAY's songs.

Mar 1, 2013 5:04PM
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Throughout the history music and the music industry,has always has had popular artist that did DRUGS!!!!!! Trust&Believe that the most greatest artist we spent our HARD EARNED MONEY on theirs records,albumsCD's&Concerts in fact did drugs. Jimmy Hendricks,Michael Jackson,Elvis,Ray Charles,Mick Jagger,Kurt Coban,Steven Tyler,Janice Joplin,Whitney Houston,Miles Davis,DMX,MaryJ Blige, Sade and famous groups. Drugs enhanced their ability to be extraordinary in their music. So WE THE PEOPLE and the social media GLORIFIED-SEX DRUGS& MUSIC/HIP'HOP&ROCK-n-ROLL. So this guy drug use is relevant,however him getting clean is not good for media. One thing for sure,two for certain,only NEGATIVITY STIMULATES THE HUMAN MIND and keep in MIND-Drugs stimulate. So  this dude needs to get grip,KEEP GETTING HIGH!!!! Numbers never lie,so BILLY JOE ARMSTRONG will in fact RELAPSE before/by GRREN DAY next number one hit.
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