Green Day Cancels 2012 Dates, Postpones January 2013 Shows
There’s more bad news for Green Day fans as the group cancels all their remaining dates for 2012 due to Billie Joe Armstrong’s stint in rehab. Additionally, all January and Febuary 2013 dates have been postponed. The news comes just days after Metallica filled in for Green Day in the headlining spot at the Voodoo Music Experience in New Orleans.
The tour originally was scheduled to kick off in late September, though that was moved back after Armstrong checked himself into a rehab center for treatment of “substance abuse.” This came after an onstage rant from Armstrong at the iHeartMusic Fest in Las Vegas this year.
At the time the initial dates were postponed, the band said they’d only miss a few appearances, but have instead cancelled all remaining dates this year, which was scheduled to run through December 10.
“Obviously, the timing for this isn’t ideal, but Billie Joe’s well-being is our main concern,” said Green Day bassist Mike Dirnt in a statement. “We are happy to say that Billie Joe is doing well, and we want to thank all of you for the outpouring of support and well wishes that we have received, and we can’t wait to see you all again.”
There is some good news to come from all this, however, as the band has decided to move up the release date of its upcoming album ¡Tre! to December 11 from the originally scheduled date of January 15, 2013.
“We feel bad that we have to delay our tour, so to make up for it we want to give our fans the music earlier than we had planned,” said drummer Tre Cool in the statement. “If we couldn’t be there to play it for you live, the least we could do was give you the next best thing.
The album will be the third in the trilogy released by the band. ¡Uno! is already out, and ¡Dos! will be available November 9.