The Rock and Roll Meltdown
9/24/2012 1:33:00 PM
Ever since we have had rock stars, we have had the inevitable rock star meltdown. You and I have seen it far too many times. The lead singer is up on stage and suddenly decides that something has pissed him off.. and well.. he’s not going to take it anymore.
Last Friday Billy Joe Armstrong, the lead singer and main songwriter for Geen Day had what appeared to be the classic rock star meltdown at the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas. After allegedly hearing that the bands set was cut 20 minutes short to accommodate other acts including Usher, Billy jumped the shark and went on a F’bomb tirade that would have made a New Jersey truck driver blush.
“your going to give me one minute? One f---king minute? I’ve been around since f---ing 19 f---ing 80 f---ing 8, and your going to give me one f---ing minute.”
Indeed, the television showed that there was a large sign showing the dreaded 1 minute countdown. Some of the crowd seemed to be enjoying the classic punk style rebellion. Some were just standing and staring blankly back at the stage.
“I’m not f---ing Justin Bieber, you motherf---ers!”
Mr. Armstrong then did a very poor attempt at trying to smash his Gibson guitar, taking 5 crazy hard strikes against the stage before the neck finally came loose. One of my friends had a funny hash tag for this part of the show - #emofail.
So, was it a REAL meltdown or a fantastic publicity stunt perfectly timed for the release of their new album Uno? Honestly, I don’t know. He seemed angry, yes, but well spoken. He wasn’t slurring his words, his eyes were wide open. His vocals weren't that great, it wasn't what I would call a killer performance by any stretch of the words. And true, he couldn’t break a guitar, but then again the guy only weighs like 85 pounds.
After the incident the Green Day website posted this statement:
“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.”
Sources allegedly close to the band have posted comments suggesting that Billy has a problem with alcohol and prescription pills. This would certainly explain some of the other recent events and hospitalizations.
Listen, we all know addiction is.. well.. to quote Mr. Armstrong.. a motherf---er! And if that is truly what he is suffering from then let’s hope that for his sake, as well as the band and crew members, that he will get the help he needs to overcome this unfortunate obstacle that he has placed in his own path.
And if it’s just a publicity stunt? Then shame on us, and welcome to the world of marketing pop music.