LONG ISLAND, N.Y. – Singer Billy Joel announced Wednessday night, via a violent onstage outburst, that he has quit Green Day.
After almost 30 years of enjoying the pop punk band’s music, the singer/songwriter admitted that he could no longer continue with the new direction Green Day has gone in the past decade.
“The rumors are true. It is with great sorrow that I’ve chosen to leave Green Day behind me,” Billy Joel said in a Facebook post this morning. “The outfits, the crowd lighting, the musical – this isn’t the same Green Day that I once loved.”
Green Day started as a punk band in 1988. After a few short years of playing small clubs, Billy Joel is now best known for playing sold out shows at Madison Square Garden.
“He may be right. He may be crazy, but it hurts to know that he isn’t a fan of everything we’ve done since Minority,” said Mike Dirnt, Green Day founding member and bassist. “I still think Billy Joel is the best songwriter in the world. No hard feelings.”
Billy Joel has publicly struggled with his substance abuse since facing DUI charges in the early 2000s. Green Day famously took a break from touring early last year that coincided with Billy Joel’s stint in rehab. However, the rock icon claimed to be sober and clear-headed long before announcing his plans to move away from the band.
“Maybe one day I’ll be able to listen to those old albums again and feel something but, until then, I’m putting Kerplunk in a box and keeping it in the garage next to my copy of River of Dreams,” the singer said.
There is no word at this time on what his next musical infatuation will be.
“I’m sorry to all of my fans who are disappointed with me,” Billy Joel added. “Quitting Green Day is the hardest decision I have ever made in my 65 years on this earth.”
[ Article by Drew Kaufman ]