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Green Day frontman to rehab after guitar-smashing meltdown

2012 iHeartRadio Music Festival - Day 1 - Show

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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.

2012 iHeartRadio Music Festival - Day 1 - Show

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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.

2012 iHeartRadio Music Festival - Day 1 - Show

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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.

2012 iHeartRadio Music Festival - Day 1 - Press Room

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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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2012 iHeartRadio Music Festival - Day 1 - Show

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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.


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.

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