In an exclusive interview in the upcoming issue of Rolling Stone, Billie Joe Armstrong opens up about his years of alcohol and prescription drug abuse and his road back from his onstage meltdown at the iHeartRadio festival in Las Vegas last September.
“I’d wake up in a strange house on a couch. I wouldn’t remember how. It was a complete blackout.” says Armstrong. He finally confronted his problem after the Vegas radio festival, where the frontman smashed his guitar onstage and shouted obscenities.
“I remember tiny things,” Armstrong says of the Vegas incident. “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.’”
Read the full story in the new issue of Rolling Stone, on stands this Friday.
Green Day’s Chicago performance has been rescheduled to Thursday, March 28 at the Allstate Arena.