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Billie Joe Armstrong Comes Around

Green Day's sobered-up frontman gives his first interview out of rehab. 

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It's a new day for Green Day's leading man.
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By McCarton Ackerman

02/27/13

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Billie Joe Armstrong is a basket case no longer. The Green Day frontman talks in his first post-rehab interview, with Rolling Stone, about checking into rehab last September for substance abuse following an on-stage meltdown at a show in Las Vegas. Recalling his lowest points, Armstrong says, "I couldn't predict where I was going to end up at the end of the night. I'd wake up in a strange house on a couch. I wouldn't remember how. It was a complete blackout." But it wasn't until his on-stage tirade at the iHeart Radio Music Festival last fall that he finally got help. The 41-year-old rocker admits that he doesn't remember most of that incident, in which he yelled "I'm not fucking Justin Bieber, you motherfuckers!" during the set and smashed his guitar. "I remember tiny things," he says. "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.'" Armstrong checked into treatment just two days after the incident. He's now fully clean, and Green Day is getting ready to pick up where they left off. After having to postpone all shows at the end of 2012 due to their frontman's absence, they have announced new tour dates for this spring.

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