After a taxing end to 2012, things are starting to brighten up for Green Day.
The band had to nix a run of tour dates after frontman Billie Joe Armstrong checked into rehab back in September, just a few days after the release of ¡Uno!, the first of a trilogy of albums that hit store shelves last year.
Armstrong has been laying pretty low since then, but the new year brought some good news: The band has booked a bunch of new dates, and Armstrong’s recovery is moving along nicely.
“I just want to thank you all for the love and support you’ve shown for the past few months,” Armstrong said in a statement directed at fans. “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 and live out load! Our passion has only grown stronger.”
The new run on the road starts on March 28 at Chicago’s Allstate Arena and runs through an April 12 show in Quebec City. A handful of those shows are make-ups for canceled dates (original tickets will be honored there), and the band still promises to get to all the places they had to bail on last year. The full list of dates is below.
March 28 – Chicago, IL (Allstate Arena)
March 29 – Moline, IL (I Wireless Center)
March 31 – Pittsburgh, PA (Consol Energy Center)
April 1 – Rochester, NY (Blue Cross Arena)
April 3 – Philadelphia, PA (Liacourias Center)
April 4 – Fairfax, VA (Patriot Center)
April 6 – Uncasville, CT (Mohegan Sun Arena)
April 7 – Brooklyn, NY (Barclays Center)
April 9 – Providence, RI (Dunkin Donuts Center)
April 11 – Toronto, ON (Air Canada Centre)
April 12 – Quebec City, ON (Quebec Colisee)
Armstrong’s rehab stint was obviously vital to his health but really derailed promotions for the album trilogy the band released in his absence. Sales of all three albums (¡Dos! hit in November, ¡Tre! in December) were soft and the singles failed to make a significant impact at radio and on the charts.
It’s a shame, because there are quite a few gems on all three albums (especially “Amy,” Armstrong’s lovely tribute to Amy Winehouse that wraps up ¡Dos! and was one of the best single songs recorded in 2012).
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