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Green Day Cancel 2012 Tour Dates, Postpone 2013 Shows

By October 29, 2012

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Ever since Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong entered rehab at the end of September, it seemed incredibly unlikely that the band would be able to honor their upcoming tour schedule, which was going to begin in earnest at the end of November. For one thing, that simply didn't allow Armstrong a lot of time to get the help he needed. And for another, I can imagine those around him might be nervous about sending him out on the road so soon after a rehab stint. Well, today the band announced that they would indeed be canceling some shows and postponing others.

In a press release, Green Day revealed that all 2012 shows will be canceled. As for their 2013 tour dates, which ran from January to February, "New dates for these rescheduled shows will be announced shortly and previously purchased tickets will be honored on the new dates."

Mike Dirnt, the group's bassist, said in the statement, "Obviously the timing for this isn't ideal, but Billie Joe's well-being is our main concern. 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."

If there's any silver lining in today's news, it's that the third album in the band's current trilogy of discs, Tre!, will now be arriving December 11, a full month ahead of schedule. In the press release, this decision is being described as a way to apologize for the touring issues. It's a nice gesture, but it is amazing to think about how this year has turned out for the band, especially when you consider that 2012 started with such promise. Trying to follow up the ambition and commercial success of 21st Century Breakdown was always going to be a challenge, but Green Day were going to take it on by shifting gears, moving away from concept albums and instead delivering three different sets of stripped-down garage-rock. Plus, they were working on two documentaries, one about the album trilogy and one about their past. Twenty years after their start, Green Day had big plans for their 2012 and 2013. They still have big plans, but Armstrong's need for rehab has certainly tempered some of that excitement.

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