Green Day has cancelled the band's remaining tour dates for 2012 and postponed its shows in January and February of 2013 as Billie Joe Armstrong continues his recovery from substance abuse.
In addition, Green Day has brought forward the release of "Tre," the third installment of its trilogy of new albums, to Dec 11, 2012 from Jan 15, 2013.
The band's bassist, Mike Dirnt, said in a statement on Green Day's official Facebook page that the band's main concern at the moment is Armstrong's well-being.
"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," he said.
Green Day drummer, Tre Cool, added: "“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."
As mentioned above, "Tre" will be Green Day's third album to be released this year following "Uno," which was released on Sept 25, and "Dos," which will be released on Nov 13.
Check out the trailer for "Dos" below:
Armstrong made headlines in September, prior to the release of "Uno," when he threw a fit and stormed off stage at the iHeart Radio Music Festival after incorrectly thinking that the band's set had been cut short by the show's promoter (it hadn't but what were they doing at show which had Usher after them?).
A few days later, and after an apology, the band announced that Armstrong had committed himself to rehab for substance abuse.