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Green Day frontman to rehab after guitar-smashing meltdown



Frontman Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day throws the neck of his guitar after smashing it during a performance onstage at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 21, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Frontman Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day throws the neck of his guitar after smashing it during a performance onstage at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 21, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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Frontman Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day throws the neck of his guitar after smashing it during a performance onstage at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 21, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day performs onstage during the 2012 iHeartRadio Music Festival at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 21, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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Frontman Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day throws the neck of his guitar after smashing it during a performance onstage at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 21, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Frontman Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day performs onstage during the 2012 iHeartRadio Music Festival at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 21, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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Frontman Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day throws the neck of his guitar after smashing it during a performance onstage at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 21, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Drummer Tre Cool, frontman Billie Joe Armstrong and bassist Mike Dirnt of the band Green Day pose in the press room at the iHeartRadio Music Festival at the MGM Grand Garden Arena September 21, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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Frontman Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day throws the neck of his guitar after smashing it during a performance onstage at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 21, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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Frontman Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day throws the neck of his guitar after smashing it during a performance onstage at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 21, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The head of Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong's guitar is seen after he threw it across the stage during the 2012 iHeartRadio Music Festival at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 21, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstong sacrificed the final minute of "Basket Case" in favor of a profanity-riddled, guitar-smashing meltdown on stage at the iHeart Radio Festival in Las Vegas on Friday. He will now be seeking treatment for substance abuse.

Armstrong's 37-expletives-in-under-2:00 freakout (the NSFW video is below) seemed to be set-off by the countdown clock which notified the band that it was time to wrap up. In a statement posted on Facebook, Green Day apologized "to those they offended" and said their set was not cut short by Clear Channel.

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 is due to release "Uno" on Tuesday, their first album in three years, and also the first in a forthcoming trilogy of new records. They are also set to kick off a nationwide tour this fall.

The L.A. Times notes, interestingly, that until the rehab annoucement, "Armstrong's tirade had been viewed as little more than a bit of ol'-fashioned punk rock theater. For those looking for some signs of life amid Green Day's corporate partnerships and lighter sound, it may have even been welcome."

The Grammy winning band cancelled a 106.7 KROQ radio performance on Monday in Los Angeles. A number of L.A.-based talk shows may also be postponed. It was unknown if Armstrong's role on NBC's "The Voice," would be affected. Earlier this month, the band was forced to cancel a show in Italy when Armstrong was taken to a hospital for an undisclosed illness.

TRANSCRIPT (NSFW)

Modified from Buzzfeed quote:

""Oh, [EXPLETIVE] this shit. I'm gonna play a [EXPLETIVE]ing new song. [EXPLETIVE] this shit. Give me a [EXPLETIVE]ing break. One minute left. One minute [EXPLETIVE]ing left. You're gonna give me one [EXPLETIVE]ing minute? Look at that [EXPLETIVE]ing sign right there — one minute. Let me [EXPLETIVE]ing tell you something, let me tell you something, I've been around since [EXPLETIVE]ing 198-[EXPLETIVE]ing-8. And you're gonna give me one [EXPLETIVE]ing minute? You've gotta be [EXPLETIVE]ing kidding me! You're [EXPLETIVE]ing kidding me. What the [EXPLETIVE]! I'm not [EXPLETIVE]ing Justin Bieber, you mother[EXPLETIVE]ers. You've gotta be [EXPLETIVE]ing joking. This is a [EXPLETIVE]ing joke. I got one minute — one minute left. Oh, now I got nothing left. Let me show you what one [EXPLETIVE]ing minute [EXPLETIVE]ing means. [smashes guitar] One minute. God [EXPLETIVE]ing love you all. We'll be back.""

VIDEOS (NSFW)