Their Instruments Didn't Fare So Well Either

It appears Green Day may have lost it last night, when they blamed the festival's timing on Justin Bieber. The band got upset when they weren't allowed to play their last song.

Green Day

With such a diverse lineup at the iHeartRadio Music Festival, there are bound to be different personalities. Green Day, a punk band who have been on the national scene for almost 20 years, seems to have less and less tolerance for newcomers — and even less tolerance for the event planners.

The band started playing their song "Basket Case," a classic from their album Dookie, when apparently someone from backstage told lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong that he had one minute left. And that's when the music industry veteran lost it.

"I'm going to play a f---ing new song," he said, according to MTV. "F--- this sh--. Gimme a f---ing break. One minute left. One minute f---ing left. You're going to give me one minute."

Then he kept going and started blaming someone who wasn't even there.

"I'm not f---ing Justin Bieber, you mother----ers. You've got to be f---ing joking. I got one minute. One minute left. Now I got nothing left," he said.

It's not clear if Armstrong was talking about Bieber's short songs or pre-planned sets or something else. Maybe he was talking about Bieber's ability to follow directions.

The band began to trash their instruments on stage before walking off without finishing "Basket Case" or playing the new song. Green Day may have felt out of their element at a festival largely filled with a pop lineup, and according to a YouTube video of the incident, their set was cut from 45 minutes to 25 to allow Usher more time to perform, but that has not been confirmed.

But, lesson learned: Green Day is not Justin Bieber. What else will the festival teach us? We may find out more tonight on night two of iHeartRadio, with performances by the likes of Aerosmith, Pink, Mary J. Blige and Taylor Swift.

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Comments on "Green Day trash-talks Justin Bieber at iHeartRadio"

Buk Lau June 27, 2013 | 9:20 PM

Billie Joe was not talking about Justin's newcomer status or his "ability to follow directions" he was talking about how people like justin who put absolutely no meaning into their music and have no orginality and just write ------ pop music get more respect in this environment than a band that actually has talent.

Tina September 24, 2012 | 12:03 AM

Whether he wa referring to Justin Bieber's newcomer status or not, it wasn't necessary to call him out. Whatever he was trying to say about biebs, it was an insult and unnecessary... Be a mature, big boy and deal with your anger the right way- go talk to the people in charge. it just seemed a little over the top to me. But i truly hope billy joe gets help in rehab- im rooting for him!

Hello September 22, 2012 | 6:03 PM

The person who wrote this is ill-informed, or does not have standard communication skills to remotely understand what Billie Joe meant and why he was angry. Billie Joe didn't "blame" Justin Bieber. Although Bieber wasn't there, Billie was merely stating that he's not part of a band that is young or new that can be easily pushed around. As said in the article, Green Day has been in the music industry for over 20 years and has sold over 65 million albums. They should at least be respected enough by having them play for the full 45 minutes they were essentially promised. Not to mention, Green Day deservedly earned their current status. They couldn't post videos on Youtube to help popularize themselves. They took a much harder journey than most of the newcomers to get where they're at now. I completely approve of Billie sticking it to the man.

Felicia September 22, 2012 | 6:00 PM

Uh, i think it's abundantly clear what he was talking about when he mentioned Justin Beiber. That Billy Joe is not the Beebz, and won't be pushed around like a newcomer who doesn't know what he's doing. Think before you try and connect things to Justin Beiber, it's not all about stupid-haircut-having ten-year-olds

Antoine September 22, 2012 | 4:56 PM

Seriously? The incident had nothing to do with Justin Bieber, is not like Billy Joel has a personal grudge against him... the whole deal was against the organizers. Gee, use your common sense / get informed a little.

Sarah September 22, 2012 | 3:43 PM

Whoever wrote this is an idiot. He said it meaning he (or they) isn't a new-coming young artist to be pushed around, but that he and his band have earned their way and have been around for way too long to be treated that way. He wasn't blaming Bieber, watch the video.

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