Singer Billie Joe Armstrong is back. Green Day is ready to tour again. California, however, won't be among the band's initial 11 gig slate, despite the band's Bay Area roots.
Green Day announced Monday that they will play 11 new concerts, beginning March 28 in Chicago, while also canceling their 10 scheduled shows in January and February.
On Sept. 21, Armstrong entered rehab for unspecified substance issues after an onstage meltdown at the iHeartRadio Festival in Las Vegas.
"We want to thank everyone for hanging in with us for the last few months," the band said in a statement. "We are very excited to hit the road and see all of you again, though we regret having to cancel more shows."
Armstrong also issued a statement of his own: "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."
The last time he was onstage, Armstrong launched into a rant when the band was told to wrap up its set. "I'm not (expletive) Justin Bieber, you (expletive)," he shouted. "You've got to be (expletive) joking. I got one minute left." Green Day members smashed their instruments as they departed the stage."
Earlier in September, the band also canceled a concert in Italy after Armstrong was hospitalized for what the band called "severe dehydration."
The new shows are all East-based and include Pittsburgh; Philadelphia; Rochester and Brooklyn, N.Y.; Faifax, Va. Providence, R.I.; and Toronto.
Canceled shows included Green Bay and Madison Wis.; Portland, Maine; Cleveland; and Las Vegas.