Green Day to return to touring as singer recovers


Green Day

Green Day have announced new tour dates in North America, after cancelling gigs because of front man Billie Joe Armstrong's substance abuse problems.

The 40-year-old went into rehab in September after an on-stage outburst at a festival in Las Vegas.

The band will play 11 shows in the US and Canada in March and April.

They are due in the UK to play London's Emirates Stadium on 1 June, in a concert announced last summer.

I' m getting better everyday. So now, without further ado, the show must go on
Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong

In a statement on their website, the California group wrote: "We want to thank everyone for hanging in with us for the last few months.

"We are very excited to hit the road and see all of you again, though we regret having to cancel more shows."

Green Day released a series of three albums in 2012.

The release of third record Tre was brought forward to December after Billie Joe Armstrong went into rehab.

He went public with his problems after stopping the band's set at the iHeartRadio festival in Las Vegas, swearing repeatedly and smashing his guitar.

The singer has now posted his own statement on Instagram: "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."

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