Remember Billie Joe Armstrong’s onstage meltdown last September? Well that concert rant came out to be a positive thing in the Green Day frontman’s life because that is what made him decide it was time to go to rehab.
The 41-year-old opened up to Rolling Stone recently to talk about the incident that got him to enter treatment for his addiction to alcohol and prescription pills.
Says the singer of the darker times when he wasn’t sober: “I couldn’t predict where I was going to end up at the end of the night. I’d wake up in a strange house on a couch. I wouldn’t remember how. It was a complete blackout.”
Regarding the Las Vegas, iHeartRadio rant he reveals: “I remember tiny things. 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.’”
Luckily, the rest of the band has fully supported Armstrong with his treatment and mutually decided to postpone the start of their “¡Tré!” tour this year. They’ve now added new tour dates for March and December and are ready and prepared to get back in the game.
In December Armstrong thanked the group’s fans on his Instagram account saying, “I just wanted to thank you all for the love [and] support you’ve showed for the past few months. Believe me, it hasn’t gone unnoticed and I’m eternally grateful to have such an amazing set of friends and family. I’m getting better everyday.”
Let’s hope the healing continues and Armstrong stays healthy. Lots of love to him!