NEW YORK, Dec 31 (Reuters) - The members of Green Day said
on Monday they will return to the road in March after the punk
rock band canceled its fall club tour and postponed later dates
as frontman Billie Joe Armstrong underwent treatment for
"We want to thank everyone for hanging in with us for the
last few months," the band members said in a statement on their
website. "We are very excited to hit the road and see all of you
again, though we regret having to cancel more shows."
Armstrong, lead singer and guitarist for the Grammy-winning
rock band, sought substance abuse treatment in September
following an angry, guitar-smashing on-stage outburst in Las
Vegas. The details of his addiction were never specified.
Armstrong, 40, added to the website posting with a note on
"Dear friends ... 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," he said. "So now, without
further ado, the show must go on. We can't wait to get on the
road and live out loud! Our passion has only grown
The tour will begin in Chicago on March 28, with dates in
Pittsburgh, New York, Toronto and other cities up through April
12 in Quebec City.
The band said it would announce additional West Coast dates
in early 2013.
Tickets for the postponed shows will be honored at the new
dates, Green Day said. Tickets for canceled shows will be
refunded at the point of purchase.
In November the band moved up the release date of "iTré!,"
part of an ambitious trilogy of albums that marks their first
collection of new music since 2009, to Dec. 11 from its original
date of Jan. 15, in part to make up for the canceled and
The California-based punk rock band, formed in the late
1980s, has sold more than 65 million records worldwide and won
five Grammys, including best alternative album for its 1994
major-label debut, "Dookie," and best rock album for "American
Idiot" and "21st Century Breakdown."
(Reporting by Chris Michaud; Editing by Jill Serjeant and Bill