Alanis Morissette defends Billie Joe Armstrong
Alanis Morissette paid tribute to Green Day front man Billie Joe Armstrong by covering the band's 1994 hit "Basket Case" during an appearance on the U.S. talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live on Tuesday (September 25).
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Canadian singer has since started performing her stripped-down version of the pop-punk cut during her 'Havoc and Bright Lights' tour as a gesture of solidarity with Armstrong, who checked into rehab for substance abuse following an on-stage meltdown at the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas last week.
"I've always been an advocate and supporter of artists and Billie Joe. To me, he deserves to be bowed down to," she in an interview with Jimmy Kimmel. "He's been in this industry for a long time and so for him to experience the consequence of a system that kind of set it up for him to fail is a travesty to me.
"I think he's braver than I am," she said when asked about Armstrong's stage rant. "Also women being upset are deemed hysterical. Men being upset are deemed valiant. It's a little more dangerous for a woman to flip out in that way."
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