Green Day has canceled its 2012 tour dates out of concern for the health of singer Billie Joe Armstrong, who is undergoing treatment for substance abuse, while the rock band's 2013 concerts have been postponed.
The group, which had already pulled out of a few gigs in the past few weeks, says that to make up for it, it will release its new album, "?Tr?!," almost a month earlier than planned.
"Obviously the timing for this isn't ideal, but Billie Joe's well-being is our main concern," Green Day bassist Mike Dirnt said in a statement to OTRC.com on Monday, October 29 about the concert cancellations. "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."
In late September, Armstrong, 40, shocked fans when he unleashed an expletive-filled rant while performing with Green Day at Las Vegas' iHeartRadio Festival, during which he and his fellow musicians smashed instruments. (Watch the video here - warning: contains explicit language).
After the concert, the group announced that the singer was "seeking treatment for substance abuse," apologized to those offended and said: "We regretfully must postpone some of our upcoming promotional appearances."
Green Day was set to begin performing in clubs across the United States around that time but canceled a San Francisco concert on the 28th. It later also pulled out of its October 27 gig at the Voodoo Music and Arts Experience festival in New Orleans. On Monday, October 29, the band announced that tour dates for 2012 would be canceled and that ticketholders would receive refunds.
Concerts set to take place in January and February 2013 will be rescheduled. The new tour dates will be announced soon and previously purchased tickets will be honored on the new dates, the band added.
More details about Armstrong's addiction have not been disclosed. The singer was once arrested for DUI in 2003.
"His rehab is no joke," Warner Bros. Records Chairman Rob Cavallo told Rolling Stone earlier this month. "He's under medical supervision for a while to get him clean. His doctors are still evaluating. 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."
News about Armstrong's turmoil comes just after the release of the first of Green Day's highly-anticipated new trilogy of albums, called "?Uno!," which hit stores last month. The second record, "?Dos!," is scheduled to be released on November 13. The third, "?Tr?!," was supposed to be released on Jan. 15, 2013 but will now hit stores on December 11, Green Day said in its statement.
"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 Green Day drummer Tr? 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."
The band Metallica replaced Green Day in its headlining slot at he the Voodoo Music and Arts Experience festival and paid tribute to the group.
According to MTV News, at one point singer joked "We! Are! Green Day! ... Except a little taller!" and later dedicated the song "Battery" to Armstrong. The website also said that Metallica played the opening chords of Green Day's hit "American Idiot" during their encore.
Check out a list of canceled and postponed Green Day tour dates:
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 Sierra Resort - Grand Theatre
December 4 - Santa Cruz, CA, Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium
Novemebr 10 - Tempe, AZ, Marquee Theatre
January 7 - Green Bay, WI, Resch Center
January 8 - Rosemont, IL, Allstate Arena
January 10 - Wilkes-Barre, PA, Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza
January 11 - University Park, PA, Bryce Jordan Center
January 13 - Rochester, NY, Blue Cross Arena
Janaur 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, The Liacouras Center
January 24 - Providence, RI, Dunkin' Donuts Center
January 25 - Portland, ME, Cumberland Co. Civic Center
January 27 - Quebec City, CQ, Quebec Colisee Pepsi
January 29 - Toronto, ON, Air Canada Centre
January 30 -Cleveland, OH, Wolstein Ctr. / Cleveland St. Univ.
February 1 - Moline, IL, I Wireless Center
February 2- Madison, WI, Alliant Energy Center Mem. Coliseum
february 4 - Omaha, NE, CenturyLink Center Omaha
February 6 - Broomfield, CO, 1st Bank Center
February 8 - Las Vegas, NV, MGM Grand Garden Arena Correction: In the October 29 story above, Billie Joe Armstrong's name was spelled incorrectly. This version of the article has been updated to reflect the correction.