Clear Channel Ain’t Mad at Billie Joe Plus New Green Day Music Video “Stay The Night”

Clear Channel execs thought Billie Joe Armstrong’s onstage meltdown with his band Green Day at the iHeartRadio concert Saturday night was a “joke” and thought it was great in the spirit of rock n’ roll rebellion. In other words–they weren’t upset at all.  Meanwhile,  Ellen Degeneres’s producers were informed Saturday night that Billie Joe would be entering rehab and unavailable to perform on her talk show this week. Via Billboard.

Though news broke Sunday that the Green Day frontman was seeking treatment for substance abuse, the producers at the “Ellen Degeneres Show” were notified of the news Saturday night, as the band was set to make its daytime debut on the show this week to promote the release of its album Uno! But His Onstage “Meltdown” Was Largely Staged – As for Armstrong’s abrupt onstage, guitar-smashing finale Friday night, it certainly wasn’t over the band’s set being cut short. “If anybody goes long on a set, we really don’t care,” Clear Channel Entertainment president John Sykes told Billboard an hour before showtime Saturday night. “We thought it was a great move and we were along for the joke.” As for what Armstrong meant by his “We’ll be back” comment before storming off stage, Sykes was unclear. “He walked off the stage and wasn’t saying hello to anybody and went to his dressing room. But all in all, it was the essence of rock n roll and rebellion and smashing his beautiful guitar, like Pete Townshend did and Jimi Hendrix. We just thought it was a great moment for the show.”

Green Day’s new album, Uno, is set to be released on Tuesday. Check out a new music video for “Stay The Night” released today.

In case you were wondering, Billie Joe’s stint as a Voice mentor for Christina Aguilera was filmed in August, so look out for that in a few weeks.

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  • JoeDaniels1

    Nothing like an album stunt.

  • koshka

    Ahhh but if it was an album stunt, why “postpone” other events? Apparently they were scheduled for a radio concert somewhere near by me and I received a note from my local radio station announcing it. Personally, I don’t care one way or the other. 

    However, on the other hand… BJA kinda said what I was thinking. LOL

  • Enough already!

    Stunt or not, this will not hurt the album sales in the least, if anything it might give them a boost.  I think that these unplanned rants and unforseen events make the entire programs more watchable.  IMO  btw if Billie Joe needs help, which he very likely does, hope this does the trick.

  • Shoriagirl

    Clear Channel already got paid by the Green Day label, why would they be mad?

  • md

    I don’t see why they would be mad. His actions generated tons of publicity for an event that would have largely gone unnoticed by the general public.