Green Day's tour is canceled, album release pushed up

Green Day's tour is canceled, album release pushed up

Lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong remains in rehab.

Green Day fans have officially learned what they probably thought was coming: The band has canceled the rest of their 2012 concerts. Why? Front man Billie Joe Armstrong is still in rehab. And yes, it's disappointing that shows are scrapped, but it's far more important that Armstrong get well. Don't despair -- I am certain Green Day will tour again, I just don't know when.

There is a bit of good news amidst the bad. The final installment of Green Day's big trilogy, Tre!, is coming out earlier than planned. So there's that, right?Sadly, Green Day also canceled a lot of planned shows in January and February of 2013. Obviously at this point it's safe to assume that Billie Joe Armstrong's recovery is going to take a while. As I said before, that's totally fine. Let the man get well, please. We've lost far too many brilliant musicians to substance abuse, and Armstrong's health is certainly worth taking some time off. I'm fine with waiting a while to see one of my favorite bands of all time.

Here's the specifics: All Green Day shows are off, for now. Tre! will be out on December 11, 2012, while Dos! gets a release on November 13, 2012. I don't want to hear anyone griping about all of this, because really, we're just fortunate we've got not one, but three great Green Day albums to enjoy at the moment. Spend the time absorbing all of the new tunes and saving pennies (or quarters, or dollars) for the tour that we know will eventually come.