Billie Joe Armstrong
After several months on the sidelines brought about by frontman Billie Joe Armstrong's visit to a drug and alcohol rehab center, Green Day returned to the stage Sunday (March 10) night in Pomona, Calif., with a 22-song set that was heavy on hits and light on material from their recent one-two-three punch of '¡Uno!,' '¡Dos!' and '¡Tré!'
Green Day singer Billie Joe Armstrong talks in the new Rolling Stone about the drug use that landed him in rehab last year, revealing that he used to carry so many prescription pills around that his "backpack sounded like a giant baby rattle." He also admits to using "prayer through meditation" to help stay sober.
What started as an expletive-filled onstage meltdown during Green Day's performance at the iHeart Radio Festival in Las Vegas back in September soon turned into much more, following reports that singer Billie Joe Armstrong had been shipped off to rehab to deal with undisclosed substance abuse issues in the wake of the gig.
Billie Joe Armstrong may still be in rehab, but thanks to the magic of pre-taped television, the Green Day singer begins his previously announced run as a mentor for Team Christina on 'The Voice' tonight (Oct. 8) at 8PM ET. Signing up to advise 'Voice' coach Christina Aguilera on the reality singing competition show may not have been an obvious move, but Armstrong insists it works.