Green Day cancels rest of 2012 shows, postpones early 2013 dates

By Daniel S Levine,

Green Day’s plans to promote their trilogy of albums have not gone as hoped. The group announced Monday that it will have to cancel the rest of its 2012 tour dates and has postponed early 2013 dates.

The group announced on their website that the club tour that was scheduled to start at Seattle’s Paramount Theatre on Sept. 26 and end at the Marquee Theatre in Tempe, Arizona on Dec. 10 has been cancelled. Those who purchased tickets will be able to get refunds.

Appearances scheduled for January and February 2013 were postponed and will be rescheduled.

The news comes after frontman Billie Joe Armstrong’s string of health scares. In September, the group had to cancel a gig in Italy at the last moment for Armstrong to receive treatment for an illness. Weeks later, Armstrong had a meltdown on stage at the iHeartRadio Music Festival and the group announced that he was seeking treatment for substance abuse.

“Obviously the timing for this isn’t ideal, but Billie Joe’s well-being is our main concern,” bassist Mike Dirnt said in a statement today.

He provided an update on Armstrong’s health, adding, “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.”

“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 Tre Cool added. “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 first of their trilogy of albums, ¡Uno! was released last month, with ¡Dos! coming out on Nov. 25.

The band did give fans one piece of good news. ¡Tré! will now be released on Dec. 11, instead of Jan. 12, 2013.

You can check out the full list of cancelled dates at GreenDay.com.



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