It’s good news, bad news for Green Day fans. The band has cancelled all of its remaining tour dates for the year. And dates for January and February 2013 have been postponed until further notice. Anyone who has bought tickets for any of the band’s upcoming club tour shows can get their money refunded from wherever they bought tickets for the shows. While tour dates for January and February 2013 have been postponed, the hope is that makeup dates will be announced soon. Tickets purchased for shows in January and February will be honored at the makeup shows.
Bassist Mike Dirnt commented on the cancellations and postponements. He noted that they were related to the health and well-being of front man Billie Joe Armstrong. “Obviously the timing for this isn’t ideal, but Billie Joe’s well-being is our main concern,” he said. “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.”
In related news, the band has also moved up the release date for the third album in its new trilogy. The release date has been moved from its original release date of January 15th, 2013 to December 11th, 2012. Drummer Tre Cool commented on the pushed up release date, noting that it was an effort to make things right with fans due to the tour date issues. “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,” he said. “If we couldn’t be there to play it for you live, the least we could do is give you the next best thing.”
The remainder of the band’s 2012 dates was scheduled to run until December 10th at the Marquee Theatre in Tempe, Arizona. The current list of postponed tour dates for January and February started January 7th, at the Resch Center in Green Bay, Wisconsin and ran through February and ran through February 8th at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Fans can get a full listing of cancelled and postponed tour dates online at http://www.greenday.com, http://www.facebook.com/GreenDay, http://twitter.com/greenday, and http://www.youtube.com/user/grenday.
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