Metallica Replace Green Day at Voodoo Festival, Billie Joe Armstrong's Rehab Is 'No Joke'

Nor Cal punks may have to cancel shows on trilogy tour

Metallica Green Day Voodoo Festival Rehab
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Metallica are grabbing Green Day's headlining slot at New Orleans' forthcoming Voodoo Music + Arts Experience fest following the Nor Cal punks' Monday cancelation. The embattled band had to call off their appearance presumably due to Billie Joe Armstrong's onstage breakdown and subsequent rehab enrollment. In a new interview with Rolling Stone, Green Day producer and Warner Bros. chairman Rob Cavallo said, "His rehab is no joke. He's under medical supervision for a while to get him clean."

Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich weighed in via statement: "We are excited to be part of our first ever Voodoo Music + Arts Experience. Our good friends and fellow Bay Area residents Green Day had to unfortunately cancel their plans to be there, so we are more than happy to fill in for them in our own unique way.  We’re hoping we can fill those very large shoes and do them proud." This will mark the increasingly classy heavy metal band's first NoLa-area appearance since 2008, when they released Death Magnetic.

Cavallo unfortunately implied that Green Day may have to miss a handful of dates at the start of their massive arena tour in support of their in-progress album trilogy: Green Day ¡Uno!, out now, Green Day ¡Dos!, out November 13, and Green Day ¡Tré!, due January 15. The show is scheduled to hit the road on November 26, and yet: "His doctors are still evaluating," Cavallo said . "All I can say is I don't know if we'll see him before or after Christmas. It's basically undetermined when he'll be back." Goodbye, Green Day. Enter Sandman.

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