This isn’t about what is or isn’t punk. That ship sailed many many years ago. And for the record, I AM a fan of Green Day. I even kinda like the new single. But what happened a few days ago at the IHeartRadio Fest is such nonsense.
In case you missed it:
Some 12 year old (not really 12, but the only way I can justify his thoughts about this is to pretend he was only 12 and didn’t know any better) on Twitter said that this was a true expression of rebellion against mainstream media.
No. If you wanted to make a point, there are several better ways you could have made it than throwing a temper tantrum like a cry baby rock star.
Property Of Zack was kind enough to transcribe the rant, so I’ll take it line by line.
“Oh, fuck this shit. I’m gonna play a fucking new song. Fuck this shit.”
First off, I believe he was originally gonna complain about the crowd. It looked like a 1980’s British awards show. Or the Republican National Convention. It looked awful. I am surprised it took 25 minutes to get to that point.
“Give me a fucking break. One minute left. One minute fucking left. You’re gonna give me one fucking minute? Look at that fucking sign right there — one minute.”
Yeah man, you’ve been doing this long enough to know that festivals run on a pretty tight schedule. If your time is up, your time is up. And for you, sir, your time is most certainly up.
“Let me fucking tell you something, let me tell you something, I’ve been around since fucking 198-fucking-8.”
So you agree? You have been around for quite some time. You DO know how these things work. And you’ve been playing ball with the major labels and radio stations and MTV for SOOOOO fucking long you can’t all of a sudden have a problem with how the game is played. Why did you agree to be a part of this shit show anyway? The money? Certainly, so take it and leave and shut THE FUCK up.
“And you’re gonna give me one fucking minute? You’ve gotta be fucking kidding me! You’re fucking kidding me. What the fuck! I’m not fucking Justin Bieber, you motherfuckers.”
No, you most certainly are NOT. If you were, they wouldn’t be cutting you set short. And he seems too mature to behave like this on stage. In public. For the internet.
“You’ve gotta be fucking joking. This is a fucking joke. I got one minute — one minute left. Oh, now I got nothing left. Let me show you what one fucking minute fucking means. [smashes guitar] One minute.”
Gotta be a better use on one minute, fella.
“God fucking love you all. We’ll be back.”
Why? Why the fuck would you come back. You were just disrespected so HORRIFICALLY. Don’t come back. Tell us we’ll never see you again. Tell us to fuck ourselves for choosing Justin Bieber or LMFAO over you. Don’t tell us you’ll be back.
And then don’t fucking apologize by going to rehab. Just tell us to fuck off. Don’t cave. Don’t feel embarrassed and try and shift the blame to substance abuse. You need help? that’s why you broke ONE guitar. Knock it off. You’re a whiney rock star and you got caught with your pants down. Suck it up.