‘I’m not f**king Justin Bieber’
Green Day singer Billie Joe Armstrong has reportedly entered a rehab programme for substance abuse, following a recent on-stage outburst while playing at the iHeartRadio Festival in Las Vegas.
Upon learning that he only had one minute left on stage, Armstrong, 40, shouted:
“I’m not Justin Bieber, you motherf**kers! You gotta be f**king joking.
“Let me tell you something. I’ve been around since 19-f**king-88. And you’re gonna give me one f**king minute? … You gotta be f**kin’ joking. I got one minute, one minute left. Now I got nothing left. Let me show you what one minute f**king means.”
He and his bandmates then smashed their guitars up and stormed off stage.
Early reports had suggested that promoters, Clear Channel pulled the plug on Green Day because previous performer, Usher, overran. This has since been denied by the band in a short statement posted on their website:
“Billie Joe is seeking treatment for substance abuse. We would like everyone to know that our set was not cut short by [promoters] Clear Channel and to apologise to those we offended at the iHeartRadio Festival in Las Vegas.”
The band have also cancelled several upcoming promotional appearances.
Watson ‘can’t understand’ snub
Russell Watson has reacted angrily to not being selected to perform at this year’s Olympics.
In an interview with Digital Spy, the Salford-born tenor said he “can’t understand” why he hasn’t been booked to sing at the opening ceremony this summer, after surviving two brain tumours.
When asked by the site what else he hopes to achieve in his career, the singer, who releases his album of patriotic covers next week, said:
“The Olympics please!
“What I can’t understand is why they haven’t thought of having a bloke that’s survived two f**king brain tumours, who’s the best-known tenor in the UK and has been around for ages and can sing like I can sing to perform at the Olympics
“It’s exactly the same with the Jubilee – there’s a lot of ambiguity around that and the Olympics. We’ll wait and see I suppose.”
Russell also had a pop at Britain’s Got Talent star, Jonathan Antoine, who came second on the show this year with his singing partner, Charlotte Jaconelli:
“The sad thing is there are better voices at talent schools up and down the country right now.
“This guy is solid as a rock, he makes a big noise. He’s not the next Pavarotti though, as someone in the papers said.”
Russell’s new album, Anthems – Songs to Inspire a Nation comes out on 28 May 2012.