Video: Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong Smashes Guitar, Cuts Set Short at iHeart Music Festival

Frontman Billie Joe Armstrong abruptly cut short Green Day’s set at this past weekend’s iHeart Music Festival in Las Vegas after the band’s set was allegedly cut short my the show’s producers.

In the video below, Armstrong can be seen cutting short the classic track “Basket Case” in order to play a new song, before seeing a prompter with “1 Minutes” on it facing the stage. The singer then launched into a verbal tirade.

“Let me tell you something, I’ve been around since 19-fucking-88,” he yelled. “And you’re gonna give me one fucking minute? You’ve gotta be fucking kidding me! You’re fucking kidding me. What the fuck! I’m not fucking Justin Bieber, you motherfuckers.”

Armstrong then smashed his guitar, flipped off the camera and told the crowd, “God love you all, you’ll see us again,” before exiting the stage.

It has since come out that Armstrong has checked himself into rehab for undisclosed reasons, and the band have issued an official statement clarifying the events at the festival.

“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,” the band said in a statement. “We regretfully must postpone some of our upcoming promotional appearances.”

Uno!, the first of three upcoming albums from Green Day, is out tomorrow.

For the full story on Green Day’s upcoming trilogy of albums, check out and exclusive cover story with Billie Joe Armstrong in the November issue of Guitar World.


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  • vinsanity

    Now that’s Rock N Roll!

  • Dolores Joe

    Unbelieveable!! R N R!

  • Tank

    Man, selling out must be hard work for him to freak out like that.

  • Brad Gammey

    I don’t like Green Day, their music has gone downhill with every album, but he’s got a point. If you’re going to invite that many groups out, don’t put such esoteric groups on a stage that are confined to time regulations–you’re asking for problems then. Rock on BJA. The apology seems like they’re powdering the industry’s balls more than anything, but their true core fans probably wouldn’t really care for that too much. Twenty-four years of on-stage presence; his anger seems justified.

  • Jake

    If my bands set was cut to half the time for Usher I’d be pretty pissed too.

  • Price275

    Rumor was they were cut short to appease another “artist”. Seems to me that Clear Channel (which owns at least 800 radio stations) half-nelsoned an apology outta Green Day. Thats a lot of radio stations that would stop playing their music “all of a sudden”. Welcome to the seedy underbelly! Take a shower when you leave….

  • Michelle Pounds

    I think what he did was truly rock n’ roll! Even if some of you don’t like Green Day, you have to admit that 24 years is really good and they’ll still be going strong, whereas Justin Bieber, Nicki Minaj and other talentless hacks will fade away in ten years or less. Also you noticed how Green Day and No Doubt were the only rock acts at the iHeart radio festival? It’s really sad that rock groups are being marginalized in places like this, even though we the fans do know where to look for good rock and metal bands, but the younger generation don’t know where we look and end up listening to garbage music because that is all that’s given to them.

  • Camillarhodes

    Rock and roll? Guitar smashing was cool in like the 60s, now it just proves that they’re rich enough to do it and Billie Joe has just become a complete Diva. It’s their own fault for playing shows like this and becoming the washed up bullshit that Green Day has become. Clear channel is shitty, why be surprised and throw a hissy fit? So lame. Especially to turn around and issue that apology after. Not rock and roll in the least.

  • Taneka Isis Poarch