Green Day to get back on road in March

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

substance abuse.

"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

Instagram, saying:

"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

stronger."

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

postponed dates.

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

Trott)