Green Day cancels club dates, postpones arena tour
Green Day, the pop-punk band whose 2009 album 21st Century Breakdown won a Grammy for the year's best rock album, has broken down. Tour promoter Live Nation announced that a series of small-venue shows by the group scheduled for this fall have been cancelled and that an arena tour set for early 2013 has been postponed. The reason given for the rescheduling was the well-being of Billie Joe Armstrong, the singer-guitarist who said yes to rehab for substance abuse last month after an onstage meltdown during the band's performance at iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas.
At the time, Green Day producer Rob Cavallo insisted that Armstrong's stint in rehab was "no joke," and that the front man was "under medical supervision for a while to get him clean."
Canadian dates affected by the postponement include concerts in Quebec City and Toronto's Air Canada Centre, on Jan. 27 and 29, respectively.
"Obviously the timing for this isn't ideal, but Billie Joe's well-being is our main concern," bassist Mike Dirnt said in a prepared statement. "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."
As a consolation, the band announced that it would move up the release date of its ¡Tré! album to Dec. 11, from its original date of Jan. 15, 2013. The album, which is the third instalment in a trilogy of new material, follows the previously released ¡Uno! and the forthcoming ¡Dos! (due out Nov. 9).
Despite the albums' numerically Spanish titles, the band hails from the Bay Area of Northern California and sings exclusively in English. Its conceptual 2004 album American Idiot was adapted for a Broadway run in 2010.