Green Day announced on Monday (October 29th) that it is canceling all remaining scheduled live appearances for 2012, including a small venue tour that was set to launch on November 26th in Seattle. In addition, the band is postponing all the dates of a 2013 North American arena tour from January 7th in Green Bay, Wisconsin through February 8th in Las Vegas. While the fall trek is scrapped permanently and refunds will be available for ticketholders, the early 2013 shows will be rescheduled and tickets for the original dates will be honored when the new ones are confirmed.
- The canceled and postponed tour plans come in the wake of frontman Billie Joe Armstrong's entry into rehab for substance abuse in late September.
- Bassist Mike Dirnt said in a statement, "Obviously the timing for this isn't ideal, but Billie Joe's well-being is our main concern. 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."
- Armstrong sought treatment last month following his profanity-filled meltdown at a radio festival in Las Vegas on September 21st.
- The band was supposed to be one of the headliners at this past weekend's Voodoo Music Experience festival in New Orleans, but Metallica subbed for them after the punk trio pulled out.
- Green Day has also announced that the last of its three new albums, Tre!, will now come out on December 11th of this year instead of January 15th, 2013. Drummer Tre Cool said, "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."
- The first of Green Day's three new albums, Uno!, was issued on September 25th and has sold nearly 200,000 copies since its release. The second disc, Dos! is expected to arrive on November 13th.
WHAT DO YOU THINK??
- Do all these cancellations make Billie Joe's situation suddenly seem much more serious than it might have?
- Does this still seem like it's all a publicity ploy, as some fans have suggested?
INTERNET COMMENTS at Loudwire and Rolling Stone -- agree or not?
FT wrote: "I think we are all a little curious to know what drugs he's hooked on. lol"
Msecarter1994 wrote: "I'm really disappointed because I've been looking forward to the show for so long (mine was one of the ones canceled, not rescheduled) but I'd rather see the band happy/healthy than pay for a poor performance."
Nancy Albino wrote: "I wish them the best. These guys are right to acknowledge that a person's health and well-being is more important than money. There are TOO many people who don't realize this these days."
Dan Hancock wrote: "I thought maybe they were breaking up never to be heard from again, but this is the next best thing.Never thought these guys were any good anyway as a matter of fact they suck."
Bonnie Wells Davis wrote: "Get better soon, Billie Joe! Come back stronger and better than ever! Find peace with yourself and the other steps will be easier."
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