No one tells Green Day when they’re leaving the stage and gets away with it. (At least not without a few smashed guitars and a whole lot of expletives.)
While performing at the iHeartRadio Festival in Las Vegas on Friday night, punk rocker Billie Joe Armstrong threw a tantrum when a sign reading “1 minute” suggested that his band should wrap up their set.
Feeling like they were being cut short (it remains up for debate whether the band was, in fact, cut short, but some believe that Green Day’s set was lessened by 20 minutes after Usher’s ran over), Bille Joe launched into an all-out rant that’s all kinds of amazing to watch.
“You’re gonna give me one minute?!” he yelled, distraught, into the mic. “I’ve been around since f–ing nineteen eighty f–king eight, and you’re gonna give me one minute?! You’ve gotta be f–ing kidding me!”
“I’m not f–ing Justin Bieber, you motherf–ers!” he continued. “Let me show you what one f–ing minute f–ing means,” he said before smashing his guitar on the ground, flicking the bird to the powers that be, and storming off the stage.
Check out the whole thing in the video below:
What do you think? Was Billie Joe having a badditude, or does he have a point? Whatever the case may be, the whole moment was pretty rock ‘n roll. And hey, it was likely a much more effective way of garnering publicity for Green Day’s upcoming Uno! (due Sept. 25) than simply playing their set. Methinks that a stadium packed with Rihanna fans probably wasn’t their target audience anyway.
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