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Green Day Frontman

Enters Rehab

After On-Stage Meltdown

9/23/2012 12:42 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Green Day's front man Billie Joe Armstrong is entering rehab for substance abuse ... a rep for the band tells TMZ.

The news comes just two days after Armstrong went ballistic in Vegas during a performance at the iHeart Radio Music Festival. He was videotaped screaming obscenities, slamming Justin Bieber and violently smashing his guitar on-stage.

The band's rep tells TMZ,  "Green day wants to apologize to those they offended at the iHeartRadio Festival in Las Vegas."



The rep adds, "The band regretfully must postpone some of their upcoming promotional appearances.“

Green Day

Goes NUTS

at iHeartRadio Festival

9/22/2012 5:08 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF



0922_green_day_videoGreen Day front man Billie Joe Armstrong did not take kindly to having his set at the iHeartRadio Music Festival cut short last night in Las Vegas ... so he went on an expletive-laden rant on stage before smashing his guitar and storming off.

According to reports, the show was running 25 minutes behind schedule and rather than let the show run longer, organizers decided to cut down Green Day's set.

When given the one minute warning, Armstrong went ballistic, screaming, "I'm not Justin Bieber, you motherf**kers! You gotta be f**king joking. I got one minute, one minute left. Now I got nothing left. Let me show you what one minute f**king means" ... before slamming his guitar into the ground.

It's unclear why Armstrong invoked Bieber's name -- he didn't perform last night and is not scheduled to appear at the festival tonight either.

Billie Joe Armstrong

Leaves Hospital

'My Voice is Gone'

9/4/2012 11:01 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong is out of the hospital and back in L.A. following a medical scare ... and upon his arrival Monday, the singer mouthed to TMZ that his voice is completely gone.

The band was supposed to play a show in Italy this weekend, but the guys were forced to cancel the gig when Billie Joe was "rushed to the hospital due to illness."

The rest of the band released a video statement saying, "We're beyond devastated ... We're as sad as you guys are. Billie's extremely upset about it."

The guys never revealed the nature of Armstrong's illness ... but now it's obvious, it has something to do with his throat.

On his way out of the airport, we asked Billie Joe about some other stuff ... but for some reason, he didn't have much to say.

Green Day -- The ULTIMATE Broadway Encore!!!

4/25/2011 9:15 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

The guys from Green Day closed down their final performance of their Broadway show last night in true epic rock form -- grabbing their instruments and blasting out hit after hit for nearly an HOUR. 

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The 10-song set included "Longview," "Burnout," and "Welcome to Paradise" -- as well as "Holiday" and "Letterbomb" from the "American Idiot" score.

Now THAT is how you close down a show!


Green Day's Man-on-Man Kiss

6/17/2010 10:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Green Day lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong pulled an Adam Lambert and kissed a male fan on the lips while on stage at a concet in England on Wednesday.

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No word if "GMA" will cancel any future Green Day performances.

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Green Day Accused of Ripping Man's Face Off

3/25/2010 7:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

The guys from Green Day are getting sued by an artist who is accusing the band of stealing a facial feature he created.



The image in question shows a frightened, fang-toothed face -- which was plastered on the Green Day website in 2009, featured in a music video and displayed at concerts (left).

Artist Dereck Seltzer claims he created the face years ago (right) and even got it copyrighted -- and Green Day never got his permission to use it, so he filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles federal court.

Green Day's lawyer, Don Passman, tells TMZ, "Green Day received Mr. Seltzer's image from a responsible company and was unaware that there could be any copyright or other issues."

'Idol'

Is Finally Over!

5/24/2007 2:10 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

With performances by Gladys Knight, Smokey Robinson and BeBe and CeCe Winans, last night Jordin Sparks was crowned the latest "American Idol" on what seemed more like a "Solid Gold" rerun than the finale of the most watched show on television! Nothing says 2007 like ... Bette Midler?!

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TMZ has the rundown on last night's eight-hour live broadcast:

The finale rambled on longer than a Paula Abdul interview! Something's broken on Paula -- and it ain't her nose!

The "Golden Idol Awards" -- Um ... No! Making fun of an infantile overweight woman dressed like Big Bird and two peculiarly challenged young men does nothing for "Idol's" industry cred ... who knew minstrel shows were making a primetime comeback? Why do producers want to add a crappy awards show to a crappy award show?

Gladys Knight -- She's gotten rid of the Pips -- and all facial expression! Thankfully, the only thing Botox didn't kill was her voice. Girlfriend needs an eyelash/weave wrangler.



Smokey Robinson
-- When did he become "Whisperin' Smokey Robinson?" At least one wide-eyed Jurassic crooner knows what notes he can still hit.

Doug E. Fresh
-- Thank you, "Idol," for transporting us all the way into ... 1985! *pah-chunk foomph-a-foomph*

Tony Bennett
-- Nobody hit the money note last night better than Tony -- who's 80!

Sanjaya/Joe Perry
-- Enough about Sanjy's hair. What the f**k was going on with Joe Perry's ratty bird's nest weave?! You Really Got Me!

Clive Davis -- Since he won't trash Clarkson in public, he'll just rave about Carrie Underwood (aka the un-Kelly) like she cured cancer. And can someone remind him Clay Aiken did NOT win "Idol" -- Ruben Studdard did! Poor Rube! While he pointed out everyone from Chris Daughtry to Jennifer Hudson (what no Carmen Rasmussen?!), Clive forgot to mention the Velvet Teddy Bear himself.

Kelly Clarkson -- "Idol's" prodigal daughter comes home. Love her or hate her (Clive!) she knows how to transform a poetry slam into an "Idol" performance. Metalicious! By the way, how much must it suck when your album sells 10 million copies (more than Saint Carrie), you win 2 Grammys and your songwriting ability is honored by ASCAP -- yet your label Prez still shelves your new album because it isn't "pop" enough?! Was Kat McPhee's non-selling album pop enough for ya, Clive?

Carrie Underwood
-- Country Barbie could get a DUI and flash her hay and she'd still be "Idol's" Patron Saint. The twangy gal can do no wrong ... except when it comes to Beatles songs!

Melinda Doolittle/BeBe and CeCe Winans
-- Hallelujah! Sometimes when you lose, you really win.

Green Day -- Through the magic of television, we were transported out of the Kodak Theater to the regular "Idol" stage and back -- in just under four minutes! How'd they do that?!

Bette Midler
-- Where was Kermie?! Somebody knocked out the wind beneath her wings! Que paso?! The only thing worse than the not-so Divine Miss M's Vegas-bound performance was the rubber S&M bathmat she transmogrified into a skirt! Ya gotta have friends!

Beatles Songs -- Michael Jackson might want to reconsider the worth of the catalog; it was seriously devalued by last night's shrill salute, exemplified by Taylor Hicks' special needs rendition of "A Day in the Life."

Blake Lewis -- Was there ... we think.

Jordin Sparks -- She should sing next to Ruben more often -- she suddenly became a size 2! Oh, by the way, nice how they tossed in at the end that Jordin won. Goodnight everybody!

Oasis Man Slams Pete; Hates Green Day

12/20/2006 12:40 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Noel GallagherNoel Gallagher of Oasis has never been one to shy away from self-promotion, and the one thing he seems to like to do even more than tooting his own horn, is to denigrate others. His latest targets include President Bush, Tony Blair, Green Day and Kate Moss' fiance Pete Doherty.

In an interview you'll find in the latest issue of Stuff Magazine, when asked his opinion of Mr. Doherty, Noel says:

Pete Doherty"Overrated. He's marginally talented, but not anywhere as good as me. If he wasn't [BLANK]-ing a supermodel, no one outside of NME would give a s@*! about him."

Ouch, tell us how you really feel Noel. Kate's man, however, isn't Noel's only target. Noel also slags his bandmates for ingesting cheap drugs and takes on the boys in Green Day. Noel seems to think Billy Joe and company need to be knocked off their high horse:

"They consider themselves to be - and I quote - "a kick-ass rock 'n' roll band." They could not be less kick-ass if they tried."

Green DayWait, that's not all ... Noel goes even further and calls Green Day musical thieves, saying, "they ripped off one of my songs!" The singer believes that Green Day's big hit, "Boulevard of Broken Dreams," has a strikingly similar arrangement to Oasis' smash, "Wonderwall." Wow, it's one thing to say a band is overrated, but quite another to say they've ripped off your tune. We'll see if Billy Joe (also not afraid to speak out) responds.

Of course, Noel doesn't seem to care who responds to his rants, he just seems like to hear himself talk. Get the rest of Noel's unvarnished self-indulgence in the January issue of Stuff, on newsstands now.

"American Idiot"? Try American Genius!

10/31/2006 5:30 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

graphic of a question markI heard a long time ago that Green Day was planning on turning "American Idiot" into a movie. Is that still happening?

Green DayMelody, people have been very quiet about this could-be movie for a while, but it seems as though it will in fact come into fruition.

With ideas for the flick pouring in, Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong confirmed to MTV in an interview over the summer that "it's definitely going to happen." But don't expect to see the band members on screen -- they're leaving that to the professionals.

For more music-making moguls, click here.



graphic of a question markIs Michelle Rodriguez doing anything since "Lost"?


Michelle RodriguezAthena, Michelle Rodriguez is definitely making the most of her free time since getting the boot from "Lost." She is set to star in the flick "Battle in Seattle" with Charlize Theron, but we won't be able to catch that until 2008. When she's not filming, Rodriguez can be found working alongside Dara Young, her business partner for the clothing line Ishkadada.

To read more about her clothing line and to check out her website, take a look at this.

graphic of a question markWhat high school did Ciara go to? I think we went to the same one!

CiaraIt's your lucky day, Azucena -- you and Ciara did attend the same high school! Riverdale High in Riverdale, Georgia is something the two of you will always have in common.

The singing sensation, who recently turned 21, will be releasing her second album titled "Ciara: The Evolution," where she will be giving the world "music to dance to." Expect this follow-up to the "Goodies" album next month. For more music streaming out of Georgia, check this out.



graphic of a question markWhen will Jennifer Aniston's film "Room 10" air?

Jennifer AnistonDee, the initial screening for Jennifer Aniston's directorial debut took place on October 16. Calling the shots has been something Jen has been itching to do for years, and, well, she finally got a stab at it. While you shouldn't expect to see this short film in theaters (at least for the remainder of this year), Glamour magazine's web site will have "Room 10" available for viewing in the next couple of months.

Click here (and scroll down) for another actress who's decided to take a seat in the big director's chair!

graphic of a question markWhat are the boys of Linkin Park up to?

Linkin ParkMarina, the Linkin Park boys have been creating so many tracks that they can't pin down a date for the release of their upcoming album. The band originally anticipated to release it by the end of this year, but now it looks like L.P. fans will have to wait until 2007. Besides still having to come up with a name for the album, the guys have to make their final cuts on more than 100 songs they've created, although they say they've narrowed it down to a list they're becoming comfortable with. So stay tuned for an exact release date. This is an album you won't want to miss out on.

For a band on the opposite side of the creative spectrum, you must take a look at this.


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Manson Claymation Movie

12/23/2005 1:34 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Anarchy reaches a whole new level in director John Roecker's claymation film 'Live Freaky, Die Freaky,' based on cult-king murderer Charles Manson.

Roecker, who directed Green Day's soon-to-be-released documentary based on their 2004 Album 'American Idiot,' is a prominent figure in the LA punk scene. Known for his work in music, fashion, writing and promoting bands like Green Day, Rancid, and The Go-Go's, Roecker is finally set to release his anarchic masterpiece. This is a true example of how far one punk will go to rebel against the aspects of what American society cherishes, and he hates -- decadence, glamour, ego and beauty.

The film takes place in the year 3069 after the world has been destroyed from ozone depletion. Leftover tribes of people roam for food when one member comes across the book 'Helter Skelter,' and bumps into "Charlie" after coming out of a bad LSD trip.

The film then flashes quickly to 1969 where the tribe is introduced to a different crowd, actress Sharon Tate and her hairdresser who are the ultimate representation of decadence. The piece de resistence: The murder scene plays out while pop tunes blare in the background.

Billie Joe and Tre' Cool from Green Day, Travis Barker formerly of Blink-182, Nelly Pozbourne (who bears a strong resemblance to Kelly Osbourne), and Jane Weidlin of the Go-Go's all do voices of the creepy claymation characters.

Roecker's father was a Hollywood director who worked on projects like 'The Little House on the Prairie.' In this case, the apple does fall far from the tree.

Billboard Music Awards Rocked Vegas!

12/7/2005 4:31 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

The 11th Annual Billboard Music Awards aired from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas last night. A slew of today's top artists performed at the event, including Green Day, Gwen Stefani, R. Kelly, Toby Keith, Ciara and Carrie Underwood.


Hosted by L.L. Cool J, the event aired live on FOX as it has since its inception 11 years ago.

Among the top nominees were 50 Cent with eight nominations, Mariah Carey with seven, and Green Day with six.

Billboard Awards are determined by album sales as measured by Nielsen SoundScan and radio data compiled by Nielsen Broadcast Data Systems. So while there aren't typically many suprises as to who wins, anything can happen when you get this many rockers under one roof.

Some of the moments that were worth watching were Kanye West receiving this year's Artist Achievement Award, R. Kelly performing "Let your light shine" as a tribute to the victims of hurricanes this last year and Tom Petty taking home the Century Award, Billboard's highest honor for creative achievement.
Maxim hosted the after-party at Vegas' Hard Rock Hotel and the celebrities showed up in droves. TMZ takes you to the bash with stars like Carrie Underwood, Alan Jackson, Carey Hart and '24' hottie Roger Cross.

List of winners.

Billboard Century Award: Tom Petty

Artist Achievement Award: Kanye West

Artist of the Year: 50 Cent

New Artist of the Year: Gwen Stefani

Album of the Year: "The Massacre," 50 Cent

Billboard 200 Album Group of the Year: Green Day

Female Billboard 200 Album Artist of the Year: Mariah Carey

Pop Group of the Year: Green Day

Hot 100 Artist of the Year: 50 Cent

Hot 100 Group of the Year: Green Day

Hot 100 Song of the Year: "We Belong Together," Mariah Carey

Hot 100 Airplay of the Year: "We Belong Together," Mariah Carey

Top-Selling Hot 100 Song of the Year: "Inside Your Heaven/Independence Day," Carrie Underwood

Rhythmic Top 40 Title of the Year: "We Belong Together," Mariah Carey

R&B/Hip-Hop Artist of the Year: 50 Cent

Female R&B/Hip-Hop Artist of the Year: Mariah Carey

R&B/Hip-Hop Group of the Year: Destiny's Child

R&B/Hip-Hop Song of the Year: "Let Me Love You," Mario

R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay Song of the Year: "Let Me Love You," Mario

Rap Artist of the Year: 50 Cent

Rap Song of the Year: "Lovers & Friends," Lil Jon & the Eastside Boyz featuring Usher & Ludacris

Rock Artist of the Year: Green Day

Rock Song of the Year: Boulevard of Broken Dreams," Green Day

Modern Rock Artist of the Year: Green Day

Ringtone of the Year" "Candy Shop," 50 Cent featuring Olivia

Digital Song of the Year: "Hollaback Girl," Gwen Stefani

Country Artist of the Year: Toby Keith

Country Album Artist of the Year: Toby Keith

Country Single Sales Artist of the Year: Carrie Underwood

Top-Selling Country Single of the Year: "Inside Your Heaven/Independence Day," Carrie Underwood

Latin Album Artist of the Year: Daddy Yankee

Latin Album of the Year: "Barrio Fino," Daddy Yankee

Latin Song of the Year: "La Tortura," Shakira featuring Alejandro Sanz

Latin Pop Album of the Year: "Fijacion Oral Vol. 1," Shakira

Latin Pop Album Artist of the Year: Shakira

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