Green Day is putting its upcoming tour on hold as the band waits for frontman Billie Joe Armstrong to recover during his time in rehab.
We had a feeling this might happen, as bassist Mike Dirnt previously said the band is putting Armstrong’s health at the top of its priorities list. Warner Bros. Records Chairman Rob Cavallo had said that Armstrong might stay in rehab through Christmas and, while we still don’t know when he’s coming out, it seems as though it won’t be any time soon.
“Obviously the timing for this isn’t ideal, but Billie Joe’s well-being is our main concern,” Dirnt writes in a new 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.”
The concerts for Green Day’s tour in 2012 have been cancelled and tickets have been refunded. Green Day is rescheduling the band’s planned January and February 2013 appearances, and new dates will be announced soon. Their next album, “Dos!,” is coming out Nov. 13, and the group has moved up the release date of “�Tre!” from Jan. 15 to Dec. 11 as a thank you to fans.
“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 Tr� Cool says. “If we couldn’t be there to play it for you live, the least we could do was give you the next best thing.”