In a cruel twist of fate, and somewhat tragic irony, Green Day front man Billie Joe Armstrong has been forced to cancel the band's tour, in favour of spending time in rehab - a place uncannily similar, though perhaps a touch more serious, to what can be seen in the video for Basket Case.
After his untimely 'meltdown' at the iHeartRadio Festival in Las Vegas Armstrong has been admitted into rehab, which bassist Mike Dirnt describes as "no joke". This news has forced the band to cancel some dates of their tour, for which everyone who purchased a ticket will be able to get a full refund at the point of purchase. However, the third instalment of their trilogy of albums titled ¡Uno!, ¡Dos!, and ¡Tré! has been forced forwards to a release date of 11th December 2012, as opposed to January 2013 - a small silver lining for Green Day fans. Armstrong is currently suffering with substance abuse and dependence that he and the band hope to be able to work through enabling him to get back to what he loves.
"Obviously the timing for this isn't ideal, but Billie Joe's well-being is our main concern," Dirnt said. "We are happy to say that Billie Joe is doing well, and we want to thank you all for the outpouring of support and well wishes that we have received, and we can't wait to see you all again soon." According to Syracuse tour dates from January 7th onwards will be honoured at a later date.