Green Day ready to return to performing in 2013, Billie Joe Armstrong thanks fans for their support

By Daniel S Levine,

This year was supposed to be a great one for Green Day, which released a trio of albums and had a world tour planned. However, frontman Billie Joe Armstrong was admitted to rehab and the group had to cancel all of its 2012 tour and several early 2013 shows. Thankfully for fans, the group is ready to hit the road again, scheduling new concert dates for 2013. Armstrong also thanked fans for their support.

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

The new tour dates will start on March 28 with a performance at the Allstate Arena in Chicago. They will continue into April with a show at the Quebec Colisee on April 12.

“Dear friends ... I just want to thank you all for the love and support you've shown for the past few months,” Armstrong added in a statement, which he also shared on Instagram. “Believe me, it hasn't gone unnoticed and I'm eternally grateful to have such an amazing set of friends and family. 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.”

Armstrong entered rehab in September, following his onstage meltdown at the iHeartRadio festival in Las Vegas, which followed a cancelled Italian date. In October, they ended up cancelling the rest of their 2012 dates and several January and February dates, which were not rescheduled. They did perform at the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards, though.

Green Day released Uno!, Dos! and Tre! this fall. The final album wasn’t supposed to be released until Jan. 12, but that was pushed up to Dec. 11.

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