Green Day announces new 2013 dates, Billie Joe Armstrong thanks fans for their support

By Sarah Burbank-Douglas,

Green Day has officially announced its return to the road for 2013 following Billie Joe Armstrong’s brief rehab stint.

“We want to thank everyone for hanging in with us for the last few months. We are very excited to hit the road and see all of you again, though we regret having to cancel more shows,” the band said in a statement as quoted by MTV.

Green Day will kick off their first 2013 performance March 28 in Chicago along with 11 additional dates ending in April. Prior to their official 2013 road dates, the band has also announced make-up dates for 2012 appearances that were canceled following Armstrong’s rehab announcement. The make-up dates will begin Jan.7 and go forward until concluding in Las Vegas, NV Feb. 8

The band halted performances following Armstrong’s very public tantrum at the iHeartRadio Festival in September. Armstrong went off after Green Day’s set was cut short from 45 minutes to 25. He began trashing the stage, breaking his guitar and bashing Justin Bieber, (who was not at the event.) He announced he would enter rehab just days later.

According to MTV, no official details have been revealed as to what exactly Armstrong entered rehab for. He has since released a statement to his fans on behalf of their support. He writes, “Dear friends ... I just want to thank you all for the love and support you've shown for the past few months. Believe me, it hasn't gone unnoticed and I'm eternally grateful to have such an amazing set of friends and family.”

The statement continues, “I'm getting better everyday. So now, without further ado, the show must go on. We can't wait to get on the road and live out load! Our passion has only grown stronger."

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