Despite the recent announcement that he would be entering rehab for substance abuse issues, Green Day singer Billie Joe Armstrong will still make his scheduled visit to NBC's The Voice. A representative for the peacock network noted that Armstrong's appearance as a mentor to Christina Aguilera's team, announced in July, was already taped over the summer.
This past Friday, during Green Day's performance at the iHeartRadio Festival in Las Vegas, Armstrong became incensed when a sign indicated that the band had one minute to wrap up their set, shortening it from 45 minutes to 25 because Usher needed more time. Launching into a flurry of expletives, the veteran frontman decried the lack of respect given to him and his band and proceeded to smash his guitar to pieces.
Over the weekend, Green Day announced that they would be cancelling some planned promotional appearances related to the September 25 release of their album Uno! and denied that their set was cut short in a statement on Facebook. "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."
Sounds like a band that doesn't want to upset the higher-ups at Clear Channel. Do you think this is a publicity stunt, or does Billie Joe have some real problems he needs to solve?