From left, Tré Cool, Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt
Absent for the rollout of three albums in the fall so that singer Billie Joe Armstrong could undergo rehab, Green Day is returning with a tour in 2013
Green Day, derailed by front man Billie Joe Armstrong's rehab stint in the midst of a three-album rollout in the fall, will make a live return with a tour starting March 28 in Chicago.
Armstrong's meltdown at last September's iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas sent him seeking treatment for substance abuse, interrupting an elaborate promotional campaign for the trilogy and forcing concert cancelations. The pop-punk trio of Armstrong, Tré Cool and Mike Dirnt released albums Uno!, Dos! and Tré but scrapped all shows through 2012, including a headlining slot at the Voodoo Festival. Shows scheduled for January and February, which had been postponed, have now been canceled in the tour's new routing.
In a statement, the group 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."
Armstrong said, "I just want to thank you all for the love and support you've shown for the past few months. Believe me, it hasn't gone unnoticed and I'm eternally grateful to have such an amazing set of friends and family. I'm getting better everyday. So now, without further ado, the show must go on. We can't wait to get on the road ... Our passion has only grown stronger."
Refunds for canceled shows will be given at original points of purchase. More dates will be announced soon.
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SOURCE: USA Today