Green Day, along with Usher and
He used that last 60 seconds to vent. It's ridden with too many expletives to quote directly.
"Give me a ... break," Armstrong shouted. "One minute left. One minute ... left. You're gonna give me ... one minute? Look at that ... sign right there. One minute. Let me ... tell you something. Let me tell you something. I've been around since ... 1980 ... 8 and you're going to give me one ... minute? You gotta be ... kidding me ... I'm not ...
Bieber was not on the bill, but Green Day had taken the stage after Bieber mentor Usher had finished his performance. Green Day, according to an on-site report from the Las Vegas Sun, took the stage about 30 minutes late and performed a truncated set. Rihanna was to close the night, and did so after Armstrong smashed his guitar and stormed offstage.
The statement on the Green Day site sought to make it clear that radio heavyweight Clear Channel had nothing to do with pulling the plug on Green Day's set.
The site didn't elaborate on which promotional appearances would be axed, but already a performance Monday for Los Angeles radio station KROQ-FM (106.7) has been postponed. Green Day was to appear on a host of talk shows this week, including
Armstrong's rant comes at a time when Green Day has been in the midst of a rather mainstream promotional campaign for its album "¡Uno!," which has seen the band gradually distancing itself from its more recent political and topical material. Already, the band has partnered with Nokia Music and has released a branded version of "Angry Birds Friends."
Green Day also hasn't exactly been hard to book, having appeared on
Until Sunday's statement, Armstrong's tirade had been viewed as little more than a bit of ol'-fashioned punk rock theater. For those looking for some signs of life amid Green Day's corporate partnerships and lighter sound, it may have even been welcome. New album "¡Uno!" arrives Sept. 25, and it's a happy-go-lucky mid-tempo pop affair, displaying none of the ferocity Armstrong possessed Friday night.
Publicly, even Clear Channel and its iHeartRadio Festival at first endorsed Amrstrong's antics. "WOW!!!! ...and the guitar is officially broken," the festival posted on its official Twitter page during the concert, ultimately describing Green Day's appearance as "monumental." Meanwhile, the I Heart Radio site declared the performance "one of the most epic, punk rock sets in recent memory."
Yet tempering the excitement is an uncomfortable video recorded backstage with radio personality Lisa Kennedy Montgomery. Said to be filmed after the concert, it sees Montgomery asking a rather flirtatious Armstrong how he maintains his voice. Armstrong's answer, before getting cozy with the interviewer: "Alcohol."
Armstrong was rushed to a hospital in Italy in early September for an undisclosed illness, forcing the band to cancel a show in Bologna. The band next returns to Las Vegas on Feb. 8, 2013, a performance scheduled for the MGM Garden Arena.