Green Day was set to hit the road in January for a 21-city tour across the states, but the band announced today it was cancelling the entire tour to allow lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong more time to work on substance abuse problems.
In September at a concert in Las Vegas, Armstrong cut the band's set short, smashed a guitar and yelled an f-word laced rant at the audience and organizers. He later checked into rehab for drug abuse, and the band cancelled its 2012 "club tour," which was to take place from November 26 to December 10. The band apologized after the incident, telling fans they wanted to "apologize to those we offended at the iHeartRadio Festival in Las Vegas."
Bassist Mike Dirnt said, "Obviously the timing for this isn't ideal, but Billie Joe's well-being is our main concern."
Armstrong is "doing well," Dirnt added.
To quench fans' thirst for the band, though, they've moved up the release date for their upcoming album Green Day Tre! from January 15, 2013 to December 11, 2012.
"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. If we couldn't be there to play it for you live, the least we could do was give you the next best thing," drummer Tre Cool says.