With frontman Billie Joe Armstrong still seeking rehabilitation after a drinking binge in Las Vegas in September, Green Day have announced that their remaining appearances in 2012 — including gigs in Seattle, Sacramento and Reno — have been canceled, and their scheduled 20-date tour in January and February 2013 has been postponed. A press release from the band notes that new dates for these rescheduled shows will be announced shortly and previously purchased tickets will be honored on the new dates.
“Obviously the timing for this isn’t ideal, but Billie Joe’s well-being is our main concern,” said Mike Dirnt in the press release. “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.”
There is one bright spot: the band’s upcoming LP ¡TRE! is now set to be released on December 11, a full month earlier than its original drop date of January 15, 2013.
“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,” said Tré Cool. “If we couldn’t be there to play it for you live, the least we could do was give you the next best thing.”
¡Dos!, Green Day’s second album in their current ¡UNO! ¡DOS! ¡TRE! trilogy, is due out November 9. Catch our review of September release ¡UNO! here.