"Billie Joe's well-being is our main concern," bassist Mike Dirnt says in statement
More bad news today for Green Day fans. The long-running pop-punks have announced they're canceling the rest of their planned club tour that had been scheduled to start last month and wrap up December 10. They're also pushing back all January and February tour dates, which Best Coast had been set to open.
The latest cancellations and postponements come after Green Day were forced to cancel their scheduled appearance at New Orleans' Voodoo Music + Arts Experience, where they were replaced over the weekend by Metallica. This all follows frontman Billie Joe Armstrong seeking treatment after an onstage tirade in Las Vegas. Refunds are available for the canceled shows at the point of purchase, and new dates for the delayed shows are on the way soon.
Bassist Mike Dirnt said Armstrong's health was first and foremost in the band's decision. "Obviously the timing for this isn't ideal, but Billie Joe's well-being is our main concern," he said in a 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 something of a consolation prize for fans, the third album in Green Day's planned trilogy, ¡Tré!, will now come out on December 11 instead of its previously scheduled release date of January 15, 2013. ¡Dos! is set for November 13, and ¡Uno! is out now.
"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 Tré Cool said in a statement. "If we couldn't be there to play it for you live, the least we could do was give you the next best thing."
Meanwhile, a new ¡Dos! song, a bristling rocker called "Stop When the Red Lights Flash," has surfaced online. Listen to it below, unless it gets pulled from YouTube:
Canceled Green Day 2012 tour dates:
September 28 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
October 27 – New Orleans, LA @ Voodoo Experience
November 26 – Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theatre
November 27 – Kennewick, WA @ Toyota Center
November 29 – Salem, OR @ Salem Armory Auditorium
December 1 – Sacramento, CA @ Memorial Auditorium
December 2 – Reno, NV @ Grand Theatre
December 4 – Santa Cruz, CA @ Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium
December 10 – Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
Postponed Green Day 2013 tour dates:
January 7 – Green Bay, WI @ Resch Arena
January 8 – Rosemont, IL @ Allstate Arena *
January 10 – Wilkes-Barre, PA @ Mohegan Sun Arena *
January 11 – University Park, PA @ Bryce Jordan Center *
January 13 – Rochester, NY @ Blue Cross Arena *
January 14 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Consol Energy Center *
January 16 – Brooklyn, NY @ Barclays Center *
January 18 – Manchester, NH @ Verizon Wireless Arena *
January 19 – Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena *
January 21 – Fairfax, VA @ Patriot Center *
January 22 – Philadelphia, PA @ Liacourias Center *
January 24 – Providence, RI @ Dunkin Donuts Center *
January 25 – Portland, ME @ Cumberland Civic Center *
January 27 – Quebec City, QC @ Colisee Pepsi Arena *
January 29 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre *
January 30 – Cleveland, OH @ Wolstein Center *
February 1 – Moline, IL @ iWireless Center *
February 2 – Madison, WI @ Allstate Energy Center Memorial Coliseum *
February 4 – Omaha, NE @ CenturyLink Arena *
February 6 – Broomfield, CO @ 1STBank Center *
February 8 – Las Vegas, NV @ MGM Grand Garden Arena *
* Best Coast opening