Green Day Producer Says Billie Joe's Rehab Is No Joke
Posted by Joseph Lee on 10.13.2012
It's for real...
Rolling Stone spoke with Green Day producer and Warner Bros. Records Chairman Rob Cavallo about Billie Joe Armstrong's stay in rehab for substance abuse and he said it was "no joke". Armstrong went to rehab after a onstage rant at the iHeartRadio music festival in Las Vegas. Cavallo has produced the major Green Day albums, including 1994's Dookie and 2004's American Idiot.
Cavallo said: "His rehab is no joke. He's under medical supervision for a while to get him clean."
The band have canceled appearances at the Voodoo Music and Arts Experience in New Orleans. They have tour dates starting November 26th at the Seattle Paramount Theater and ending in February, but it's unknown if more dates will be canceled.
Cavallo added: "His doctors are still evaluating. All I can say is I don't know if we'll see him before or after Christmas. It's basically undetermined when he'll be back."
Green Day bassist Mike Dirnt previously told BBC Radio 1 host Zane Lowe that he pressure to promote three albums (¡Uno!, ¡Dos! and ¡Tre!) were a burden for the band. He said: "With hindsight 20/20, it was a tremendous undertaking. Although we were having fun, we didn't take our nose out of the book for a long time. I think it catches up with you a little bit. We definitely just jumped off a moving train. There were signs of things hitting the fan. We hadn't slept in forever and Billie had definitely had the worst of it. He'd been going through his own struggles . . . We were there with him, but you can only handle things on your own . . . At the end of the day, when we got off the road, the most important thing was my friend's life."