Green Day announces 2013 tour dates
Billie Joe Armstrong says he is 'getting better everyday' and that 'the show must go on'
Alternative pop-punk kings Green Day will return to the road in 2013 after the band canceled a tour to support their suite of new albums, "Uno!," "Dos!" and "Tre!," earlier this year.
The band is hitting the road for a three-week North American tour which will begin on March 28 in Chicago and ends April 12 in Quebec City. The 2012 tour was canceled due singer Billie Joe Armstrong's battle with substance abuse and subsequent stint in a rehab facility. His struggles became known after a highly publicized meltdown at the iHeart Radio Music Festival where he went on a profanity-laden rant.
The new tour sees the group playing arenas whereas the previous tour mostly featured the multi-platinum stars performing intimate shows in theaters. More dates for the tour are expected to be announced next year.
Armstong released a written statement to fans in the form of several screen captures from his iPhone via Instagram. You can see the screenshots here. His message, in full, reads:
"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. 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."
Here are Green Day's tour dates:
March 28 - Chicago, Allstate Arena
March 29 - Moline, Ill., Wireless Center
March 31 - Pittsburgh, Consol Energy Center
April 1 - Rochester, NY, Blue Cross Arena
April 3 - Philadelphia, Liacourias Center
April 4 - Fairfax, Va., Patriot Center
April 6 - Uncasville, Conn., Mohegan Sun Arena
April 7 - Brooklyn, Barclays Center
April 9 - Providence, RI, Duncan Donuts Center
April 11 - Toronto, Air Canada Cenre
April 12, Quebec City, Quebec Colisee
Photo: Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day at the iHeart Radio Music Festival. Eric Reed/Invision/AP