Green Day Announce Summer Tour

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Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong / Photo by Alex Crick
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William Goodman

It's shaping up to be an awesome summer for live music.

Not only have Paramore and Tegan & Sara just confirmed dates for their joint summer trek, pop-punk giants Green Day today announced a North American tour, their second in support of their chart-topping 2009 release, 21st Century Breakdown, which snagged a Grammy for Best Rock Album. AFI will open all shows.

The outing kicks off in Camden, NJ, on August 3, and will hit cities across the country, including Detroit, Dallas, Denver, and Los Angeles, through September. Only 14 dates have been announced so far, with more expected in the coming weeks. Tickets go on sale for select gigs on March 26 via LiveNation.com.

If their concerts last summer are any indication, Green Day's upcoming tour is not to be missed. The Bay Area band previewed their monstrous first Breakdown tour -- including a new stage set, featuring bright lights and a cityscape backdrop -- with a secret show in Oakland last April.

In July, Green Day opened the tour in Seattle, where Billie Joe Armstrong "pulled onstage no less than six ecstatic fans from the front row and gave each the spotlight," wrote SPIN's Jonathan Zwickel. "Armstrong even handed off his axe to a tall, gawky teenager he pulled from the pit -- "You know 'Jesus of Suburbia,' swear to God?" -- and let the kid run, note-perfect, through all of the American Idiot epic." Read the full review here.

The upcoming tour isn't all Green Day have on deck. American Idiot, the new musical based on their 2004 album of the same name, produced by Tony Award-winning director Michael Mayer (Spring Awakening), will premiere at Broadway's St. James Theatre on April 20. SPIN caught the show when it first opened in Oakland last fall. Read our review here.

Green Day tour dates:
8/3, Camden, NJ (Susquehanna Bank Center)
8/5, Buffalo, NY (Darien Lake Performing Arts Center)
8/9, Alpharetta, GA (Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre)
8/11, Washington, DC (Jiffy Lube Live)
8/12, Hartford, CT (Comcast Theater)
8/14, Holmdel, NJ (PNC)
8/16, Boston, MA (Comcast Center)
8/18, Toronto, ONT (Molson Canadian Amphitheatre)
8/23, Detroit, MI (DTE Energy Music Theater)
8/26, Dallas, TX (Superpages.com Center)
8/28, Denver, CO (Comfort Dental Amphitheater)
8/30, Phoenix, AZ (Cricket Wireless Pavilion)
8/31, Los Angeles, CA (Verizon Wireless Amphitheater)
9/2, Chula Vista, CA (Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre)

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