In wake of lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong‘s current stint in rehab, Green Day has announced that they’ve cancelled all scheduled concert dates between now and February of 2013.
“Obviously the timing for this isn’t ideal, but Billie Joe’s well-being is our main concern,” said bassist Mike Dirnt in a statement on the band’s website. ”We are happy to say that Billie Joe is doing well, and we want to thank you all for the outpouring of support and well wishes that we have received, and we can’t wait to see you all again soon.
According to the statement, the entire club tour that was set to run through early December of this year has been scrapped, with no plans for rescheduling (tickets will be refunded at point of purchase). The 2013 tour, that was originally to kick off in Green Bay, WI, on January 7, with dates through early February, has been postponed. New dates are promised “shortly,” with already purchased tickets to be honored at those shows.
Green Day has also decided to push up the release date of ¡Tré!, the last album in their current three-album trilogy, from the original date of January 15, 2013, to December 11, 2012, as a nod to their devoted following.
“We feel bad 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,” drummer Tré Cool said on the band’s website. ”If we couldn’t be there to play it for you live, the least we could do was give you the next best thing.”
While Green Day was forced to pull out of their scheduled headlining appearance at this year’s Voodoo Festival in New Orleans, Metallica, who stepped in to fill the spot, paid tribute to their Bay Area brethren by offering up a brief cover of Green Day’s “American Idiot” before launching into “Creeping Death” during the show.
–Scott T. Sterling, CBS Local