21st Century Breakdown
As far as concerts go, the iHeartRadio festival has proven to be a fairly smooth-running event – that is, until Green Day showed up. During a performance of "Basket Case" on September 21st, 2012, an inebriated Armstrong flew off the handle after a monitor signaled the band had only one minute left in what he believed was an abbreviated set. "You've gotta be fucking kidding me!" Armstrong exclaimed, adding, "I'm not fucking Justin Bieber!" He then removed his guitar, smashed it to bits and walked offstage. The next day, as the outburst made headlines in the music press, Armstrong recalled to Rolling Stone, "I woke up and asked [my wife] Adrienne, 'How bad was it?' She said, 'It's bad.'" But the very public meltdown was also a wakeup call as Armstrong subsequently entered a rehab facility to deal with a years-long struggle with drugs and alcohol.