On September 21, 2012, Green Day played a gig for iheartradio at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas Nevada. Billie Joe Armstrong already looked a bit on edge during the set as you can see by these photos.
Green Day was supposed to play a 45 minute set but it was cut down to 25 minutes in order to give Usher more time. Half way into “Welcome To Paradise” Armstrong spotted a monitor that said (1 minutes). Believing that the band only had one minute of their slot remaining, Armstrong flipped his shit and smashed his guitar in true rock star manner. Check it out…
Here is Billie Joe Armstrong’s exact tirade word for word…
“Oh fuck this shit. I’m gonna play a fucking new song. Fuck this shit. Give me a fucking break. One minute left. One minute fucking left. You’re gonna give me one fucking minute? Look at that fucking sign right there. One minute.”
“Let me fucking tell you something. Let me tell you something. I’ve been around since fucking 19 – 80 fucking 8. And your gonna give me one fucking minute. You gotta be fucking kidding me. You fucking kidding me. What the fuck! I’m not fucking Justin Bieber you motherfuckers. You gotta be fucking joking. This is a fucking joke. I got one minute, I got one minute left, oh now I got nothing left. Now I got nothing left. Let me show you what one fucking minute fucking means.”
“One minute. God fucking love you all. We’ll be back.”
The band released the following statement on Greenday.com.
Get well soon and thanks for the awesome tirade.