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Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong has taken to Instagram to slam South Korean pop singer Psy, calling the "Gangnam Style" hitmaker "the herpes of music." Posting at his Instagram account on Wednesday (May 8th), Armstrong wrote, "This dude is the herpes of music. Once you think it's gone, it comes back. #herpes #flareup #pleasegoaway." It's not known what set Armstrong off, since he usually goes on Instagram just to share pictures of his bandmates or give updates from the road.


  • Psy was virtually unknown outside his home country before "Gangnam Style" became an international phenomenon, with the song's music video becoming the first to pass one billion views on YouTube.
  • The singer recently released a follow-up track, "Gentleman."
  • Green Day recently completed its first North American tour since Armstrong spent six months in rehab after melting down at a festival in Las Vegas last September.
  • The band did several early March warm-up gigs in California and then played later that month at Austin's South By Southwest music and film festival, where the trio premiered the documentaries Cuatro! and Broadway Idiot.
  • Green Day heads to Europe later this month as it continues to support last year's triple pack of albums, Uno!, Dos! and Tre!.

CHECK IT OUT: See Billie's post at

Watch Psy's video for "Gangnam Style":


  • Was Billie Joe right to trash Psy?
  • Is there really any reason for one musician to slam another or call him "the herpes of music" in public?
  • What do you think of Psy? Is he just a novelty act who will disappear as quickly as he showed up?

INTERNET COMMENTS at -- agree or not?

Shiggity wrote: "I'm pretty sure that's how most people would describe Green Day. Except that we've been dealing with Green Day for a lot closer to a lifetime."

mark.s.roche wrote: "If he's herpes then Greenday must be the f""king cancer..."

julian.marks wrote: "That's more like it from Billie. Nice to hear he's back in good health."

Read more at NME

Read Psy's response at NME

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