Billie Joe Armstrong makes his "Voice" debutThis Monday, "The Voice" moved into its tricky Battle Rounds phase--the purgatory segment of the series that has historically marked a steep ratings dropoff for the show--but this season, the third time may quite possibly be the charm. Because for Season 3's first battles episode, "The Voice" offered not one but two new Battle Rounds attractions: the game-changing new "Steal" rule, and perhaps even more excitingly, guest mentor Billie Joe Armstrong, of Green Day infamy, who's been fighting his own (inner-demon) battles as of late.
While Billie Joe filmed his "Voice" segments back in July--long before his September 21 "meltdown" at the iHeartRadio Festival and subsequent rehab stint--many rubberneckers no doubt still tuned in this Monday to see if the notoriously mouthy punk-rawker would be a basket case, so to speak. Or if he'd be sometimes giving Team Xtina the creeps, since Christina Aguilera, the coach he'd bizarrely signed up to assist this season, had built a team largely consisting of teenage pop girls who probably didn't cite Dookie as a chief musical influence. Exactly what sort of sage punk wisdom would Billie Joe--the rebel behind such classics as "Brain Stew," "Geek Stink Breath," "Jesus Of Suburbia," and "Before The Lobotomy"--have to impart upon impressionable young lasses like Nathalie Hernandez, Celica Westbrook, Joselyn Rivera, or former Disney starlet Jordan Pruitt?Read More »from ‘The Voice’ Recap: Battles Begin, And Billie Joe Armstrong Gets In The Ring