Green Day have rescheduled their cancelled tour.
The "Holiday" rockers were forced to abandon plans to play in support of new albums ¡Uno!, ¡Dos! and ¡Tre! last year after singer Billie Joe Armstrong was admitted to rehab for substance abuse problems, but have announced replacement dates starting in March this year.
The group - which also includes Tre Cool and Mike Dirnt - said, "We want to thank everyone for hanging in with us for the last few months. We are very excited to hit the road and see all of you again, though we regret having to cancel more shows."
Billie's issues became apparent when he launched into a foul mouthed rant on stage at the HeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas last September, after which the group cancelled all scheduled performances so he could go to rehab. Billie took time to thank fans for their "support" during his difficult time and shared his excitement at being able to play again.
Green Day have postponed the beginning of their 2013 arena tour while Billie Joe Armstrong continues rehab.
The band's frontman went into treatment for substance abuse problems in September when he smashed a guitar and swore multiple times on stage in Las Vegas, and the group have now called off the remainder of their 2012 club dates and pushed back the beginning of next year's tour.
"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," Bassist Mike Dirnt said in a statement released on Monday.
Green Day have are planing to play "3,000" shows in support of their new albums.
The "Oh Love" band are releasing three records - Uno!, Dos! and Tre! - and joked that for such an ambitious project they will have to have a suitably sized tour to match.
"The full tour, we'll probably do about 3,000 shows. Right now, we're just warming up and getting ready to go out there, start swinging. The sky is the limit right now. We're just going to keep going. We want to play a lot of small clubs, a lot of theaters, a lot of arenas, and then who knows what else," bassist Mike Dirnt told MTV News.
Fontman Billie Joe Armstrong - who completes the band up with drummer Tre Cool - also said they always keep up with new music, and let it evolve the direction of their own sound.
Green Day debuted new material at an intimate Los Angeles show last night. The American Idiot band debuted songs from their Uno!, Dos! and Tre! album trilogy at the show, held for fan club members at Los Angeles' Echoplex venue. Tickets had gone on sale yesterday morning and some fans had camped out since 5am to get hold of them.
After opening with old favorites "Welcome To Paradise" and "American Idiot" - which were met with a mosh pit - frontman Billie Joe Armstrong asked, "Well how are you? Are you ready for some new f***ing songs?"
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