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Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong talks drug issues: 'I was at my pill-taking height'

In a new interview in Rolling Stone this week, Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong opens up about his addiction to alcohol and prescription medication—and the series of incidents that put him in rehab seven months ago.

If you recall, Armstrong ran into some undisclosed health issues while playing shows in Europe, and a week later had an angry meltdown on stage during the iHeartRadio Festival in Las Vegas. According to Armstrong, all those incidents snowballed into what ended up being his break point. READ FULL STORY

Best of 2012 (Behind the Scenes): The story behind Green Day's '¡Uno!' album art

Graphic designer Chris Bilheimer has an impressive track record. In addition to working as REM’s full-time artistic director, he created the cover art for Neutral Milk Hotel’s indie classic, In The Aeroplane Over the Sea. He’s also designed every Green Day album cover since 1997′s Nimrod. This year, he produced the grungy neon artwork for the punk rockers’ latest trilogy, ¡Uno! ¡Dos! and ¡Tré!. From his new home in the music-obsessed Austin, Texas, Bilheimer talked about the inspiration for the aesthetic, and revealed the lo-fi, yet surprisingly contemporary process involved in its creation.

For more stories behind this year’s top TV and movie moments, click here for EW.com’s Best of 2012 (Behind the Scenes) coverageREAD FULL STORY

Green Day talks rehab, releases 'Dos!' tracklist

After making some news for all the wrong reasons, Green Day’s ready to move on.

In an interview BBC Radio’s Zane Lowe, the band’s bassist Mike Dirnt addressed Billie Joe Armtstrong’s public outburst in Las Vegas last month and the future of the band.

“At the end of the day, when we got off the road, the most important thing was my friend’s life.” Dirnt said, referring to Armstrong’s current stay in rehab for substance abuse treatment.

He also acknowledged how the group’s three-album strategy — releasing ¡Uno!¡Dos!, and ¡Tre! all within the span of a few months — might have contributed to Armstrong’s breakdown. “With hindsight 20/20 it was a tremendous undertaking,” Dirnt said. “Although we were having fun we didn’t take our nose out of the book for a long time. I think it catches up with you a little bit. We definitely just jumped off a moving train.”

“There were signs of things hitting the fan,” he continued. “We hadn’t slept in forever, and Billie had definitely had the worst of it. He’d been going through his own struggle.”

And while Armstrong will remain in rehab for the moment, Green Day took to their official site to unveil their next album’s tracklist. ¡Dos!, which is scheduled to hit streets Nov. 13, will look a little something like this:

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Alanis Morissette covers Green Day's 'Basket Case' in support of Billie Joe Armstrong: Watch it here

Green Day and Alanis Morissette are kindred spirits in a way. Both broke big when their third albums — 1994′s Dookie and 1995′s Jagged Little Pill – became smash successes at around the same time, so it makes sense that Morissette would want to make a public show of support for the beleaguered Billie Joe Armstrong.

“I’ve always been an advocate and supporter of artists and Billie Joe, to me, he deserves to be bowed down to,” Morissette told Billboard after covering Green Day’s ’95 hit “Basket Case” on Jimmy Kimmel Live. “He’s been in this industry for a long time and so for him to experience the consequence of a system that kind of set it up for him to fail is a travesty to me.”

“I think he’s braver than I am,” she added. “We’re all figuring it out, so let’s just support the fragile artist.”

Take a look at Alanis’ cover of Green Day in the video below:

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Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong seeks substance abuse treatment following outburst

On the heels of his epic onstage meltdown at the iHeartRadio festival on Friday night, Green Day lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong is headed to treatment for substance abuse.

The rockers have also announced that some upcoming promotional appearances for their forthcoming disc Uno! (due Sept. 25) have been canceled.

Green Day posted this message on its official Facebook page Sunday:

“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.” READ FULL STORY

Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong rushed to hospital, band cancels Italy show

Labor Day weekend is a time for rest, though Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong got more rest than he bargained for on Sunday.

While on tour in Italy, Armstrong was rushed to the hospital, forcing the group to cancel a performance in Bologna.

The other two members of the band, Mike Dirnt and Tre Cool, took to YouTube to post a video apology to the fans who were looking forward to the show at the I-Day Festival. Check out their comments below.

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Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong performed at Mark Zuckerberg's wedding -- where does he fall in the celebrity-wedding musical guest pantheon?

No matter who you are, Facebook founder and sandal enthusiast Mark Zuckerberg had a better weekend than you did.

First, his company’s IPO on Friday sent the value of his business over $100 billion (though it has had a rough second day on the trade floor). Then Zuckerberg surprised everybody on Saturday when he got married to longtime girlfriend Priscilla Chan. The nuptials had been in the works for months and had been kept a secret — almost all of the 100 attendees thought they were going to a surprise party for Chan in honor of her graduation from medical school.

Easily the most impressive aspect of this event was the entertainment: Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong. According to People, Zuckerberg and Armstrong have known each other for a while, and Armstrong sang as a wedding gift.

That’s certainly better than a blender, and probably one of the only things you can get a dude whose personal net worth hovers around $20 billion. It also immediately makes Armstrong the coolest wedding performer in recent memory.

There’s a proud tradition of this sort of thing, usually involving either longtime friendship between famous people or gigantic checks. Regardless of how they got there, here are some of the best and worst wedding performers we’ve come across. READ FULL STORY

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