Green Day Cancels Bologna, Italy Show After Billie Joe Hospitalized
Green Day canceled their scheduled appearance at the I-Day Festival in Bologna, Italy on Sunday night after singer Billie Joe Armstrong was rushed to the hospital.
No reason for the hospitalization was immediately given, though Green Day drummer Tre Cool and bassist Mike Dirnt released a video explaining their absence at the festival.
“Billie was rushed to the hospital last night due to illness and the doctors don’t think it’s a great idea for him to play today,” Dirnt said.
Cool added that the band hopes to make up for missing the date by coming back next year, saying, “Billie is extremely upset about it… We are beyond devastated and will make it up to you when we come back next summer.”
The band announced last week that it will perform at the 60,000 capacity Emirates Stadium in London on June 1, 2013. No further dates have yet been announced for next year. Currently, the band has two other dates scheduled, both at U.S. festivals later this year. The first is the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas on September 21, and the second is an appearance at the Voodoo Music Experience in New Orleans on October 27. As of this time, those dates are still scheduled.
Green Day will release three new albums over the next few months, a trilogy aptly titled ¡Uno!, ¡Dos! and ¡Tré!. Additionally, the Daily Mail reports that the group will release two documentaries to celebrate the release of the three albums.
One will focus on the making of the three albums, and is made by Tim Lynch. Lynch recently served as a producer on the recent live DVD “Green Day: Bullet In A Bible.” The new documentary will be co produced by Tim Wheeler, who edited “The White Stripes: Under Great White Northern Lights.
The second documentary will consist of footage shot before the band’s breakthrough album Dookie was released.