You've undoubtedly seen the video by now, but just in case you haven't, take a look at Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong losing his mind at a recent show in Las Vegas:.
To the untrained eye, that might look like the greatest act of rock and roll rebellion since Kurt Cobain wore a dress on Headbanger's Ball. But the truth is, it's the exact opposite. What you're seeing is one of the saddest, least punk rock moments in rock history. Here's why ...
3"I've Been Around Since 1988!"
The problems started when Usher, who was on the bill that night, because of course he was, reportedly played a set that went 25 minutes over his previously agreed upon time. This led to Green Day's set being shortened by 25 minutes, which then triggered the ensuing chaos. And why wouldn't it? Like Billie Joe says in his tirade, he's been around since the late 1980s. A relative newcomer like Usher hasn't put in the man hours necessary to push a rock legend like Billie Joe Armstrong off the stage, right?
Wrong. In fact, Usher started making music in 1987, just like Green Day. He released his first album independently in 1991.
"Technically, that's three decades ago, kids."