Reporting Scott T. Sterling
After a successful stint in rehab, Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong had triumphantly returned to the stage this past March and was busy reconnecting with fans on the road without incident – until now.
Taking to his Instagram account, Armstrong posted a picture of K-pop star Psy, and what he had to say about the “Gangnam Style” hit-maker was far from congratulatory.
“This dude is the herpes of music,” Armstong wrote. “Once you think it’s gone, it comes back.” The Green Day singer also added a series of hashtags: #herpes, #flarup and #pleasegoaway.
Posted on Tuesday (May 7), by the following day the missive has generated more than 20,000 “likes” from Instagram users, with nearly 2000 comments from fans mostly agreeing with Armstrong’s commentary.
Armstrong is known for speaking his mind, no matter how politically incorrect the commentary. His infamous Justin Bieber rant at a Las Vegas show last fall led to the singer checking himself into rehab, which forced the group to postpone a high-profile tour.
As of press time, there had been no response from Psy or his camp regarding Armstong’s critique.
Green Day’s current world tour finds the band in Europe for much of the summer, with dates in Norway, France and Sweden. The trio set to headline major UK festival Reading in late August.
UPDATE: Psy Responds – ‘What Is Herpes?’