Green Day’s Billie Joe speaks out from rehab: “The show must go on”

Billie Joe Armstrong has released his first statement since entering rehab three months ago, announcing that Green Day will recommence touring this March.

In a missive posted on his personal Instagram account, Armstrong expressed gratitude to his fans who have endured the ongoing postponement of shows while the singer undergoes treatment. “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 every day. So now, without further ado, the show must go on,” Armstrong explained, signing off “P.S Green Day tour in March.”

Green Day were forced to cancel much of their 2012/13 US tour following Armstrong’s public meltdown at an event in September last year. The incident – which saw the frontman launch into an expletive-laden tirade while onstage at iHeart Radio Festival in Las Vegas – lead to Armstrong’s admittance into rehab to deal with “substance abuse” issues only days later.

In an interview with the Herald Sun last year, Armstrong speculated that Green Day would be back in Australia in “February or March” 2013 – but with US touring due to recommence on March 28, there is little chance we will see the band back on our shores anytime soon.

The final installment of Green Day’s album trilogy ¡Uno!, ¡Dos! and ¡Tré! was released in December.