Flashed a warning sign that Green Day had only one minute left to perform at last night’s i-Heart Music Festival gig in Las Vegas, Billie Joe Armstrong went on a profanity-laced tirade, smashed his guitar ala Pete Townshend and left the stage. Here’s the video:
Apparently, Green Day’s set was cut short by 20 minutes to give more time to Usher and Rihanna.
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 fucking one 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 nineteen-eighty-fucking-eight! And you’re gonna give me one fucking minute?! You’ve gotta be fucking kidding me! You’re fucking kidding me. What the fuck! I’m not fucking Justin Bieber, you motherfuckers! You’ve gotta be fucking joking. This is a fucking joke. I got one minute — one minute left. Oh, now I got nothing left. Now I got nothin’ left. Let me show you what one fucking minute fucking means. [smashes guitar to great audience appreciation] One minute. God fucking love you all. We’ll be back.
Afterwards, Billie Joe seemed not to be showing hard feelings, apparently enjoying his part in joining rock and roll infamy with his own bonafide (albeit clichéd) rock and roll guitar-smashing stunt.