Is Billy Joe’s Rehab Real? Green Day Cancel and Postpone Dates

In the wake of Billie Joe’s send off to rehab (for substance abuse or commercial rock abuse?) it looks like all 2012 dates are off and 2013 are postponed. Green Day appears to have woken up in a media nightmare and they can’t wake up. One must ask if Billy Joe is really having that big of a substance abuse problem or this is a spin in order to placate the corporate rock gods who control Green Day’s livelihood? Far be it from this writer to second guess anyone’s abuse problems or make them seem trivial…that is not my intention. The big elephant in the room that no one seems to be discussing is how all this went down when Billy Joe did the most true punk thing he has ever done, which is tell off I Heart Radio. Is this how GD gets back in with the bigs by sucking up and spinning a tale around Billie’s rant as though it were ‘the drugs’ talking and not all the corporate bullshit that bands at that level have to put up with to stay at that level? I won’t scream sell out because Green Day did that eons ago, and who can blame them really. Most of us would give anything to be in a successful rock band, and faced with famine or famous, just be honest with yourself. I wish the best for Billie Joe and Green Day including a speedy recovery if it is actually true. But if it is not, in the long run, as usual, it’s the fans who are getting screwed. Just think about it…

The preceding is the opinion of the writer and does not necessarily reflect the views of Pittsburgh Music Magazine

Green Day Canceled 2012 Tour Dates
11/26 — Seattle, Wash. — Paramount Theatre
11/27 — Kennewick, Wash. — Toyota Center
11/29 — Salem, Ore. — Salem Armory Auditorium
12/1 — Sacramento, Calif. — Memorial Auditorium
12/2 — Reno, Nev. — Grand Sierra Resort
12/4 — Santa Cruz, Calif. — Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium
12/10 — Tempe, Ariz. — Marquee Theatre

Green Day Postponed 2013 Tour Dates
1/7 — Green Bay, Wis. — Resch Center
1/8 — Rosemont, Ill. — Allstate Arena
1/10 — Wilkes-Barra, Pa. — Mohegan Sun
1/11 — University Park, Pa. — Bryce Jordan Center
1/13 — Rochester, N.Y. — Blue Cross Arena
1/14 — Pittsburgh, Pa. — Consol Energy Center
1/16 — Brooklyn, N.Y. — Barclays Center
1/18 — Manchester, N.H. — Verizon Wireless Arena
1/19 — Uncasville, Ct. — Mohegan Sun Arena
1/21 — Fairfax, Va. — Patriot Center
1/22 — Philadelphia, Pa. — Liacouras Center
1/24 — Providence, R.I. — Dunkin Donuts Center
1/25 — Portland, Maine — Cumberland County Civic Center
1/27 — Quebec City, Quebec — Colisee Pepsi
1/29 — Toronto, Ontario — Air Canada Centre
1/30 — Cleveland, Ohio — Wolstein Center
2/1 — Moline, Ill. — i Wireless Center
2/2 — Madison, Wis. — Alliant Energy Center
2/4 — Omaha, Neb. — CenturyLink Center
2/6 — Broomfield, Colo. — 1st Bank Center
2/8 — Las Vegas, Nev. — MGM Grand Garden Arena

Lamb of God/Dethklok/Gojira Tour Cancelled

ADULT SWIM STATEMENT REGARDING UPCOMING TOUR:

In light of circumstances beyond our control, the upcoming Dethklok and Lamb of God with Gojira summer tour has been canceled. Refunds will be available to customers who already purchased tickets through their point of purchase. We thank Dethklok fans for their continued support and look forward to releasing information about the band’s upcoming third album and a planned fall tour in the coming weeks.

LAMB OF GOD STATEMENT REGARDING UPCOMING TOUR:

Due to the continued incarceration of LAMB OF GOD singer Randy Blythe in the Czech Republic, the band’s co-headline tour with Dethklok scheduled to begin August 1st in Seattle is being cancelled. The band regrets the decision but the uncertainty of Randy’s release makes it impossible to carry on with the tour. Upon Randy’s release, it is the band’s intention to rebook a tour in the fall and at this time the band fully intends to participate in the Mayhem Cruise in December.

LAMB OF GOD wishes to thank Dethklok, Adult Swim and Gojira for their support and patience as well as all of the promoters who had dates on the tour. Last but certainly not least, the band thanks all of the fans who bought tickets for the tour and who have been supportive of Randy and the band over the last month that Randy has been held in Prague. Without the fans, there is no LAMB OF GOD.