October 9, 2012


Green Day Cancel Voodoo Music Fest Appearance

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Kevin Mazur/WireImage

It was only a month ago when Green Day was in full promotional mode for ¡Uno!, their first of three albums set for release in the next four months. But things don't seem to be working out exactly as planned, as the band announced that they'll be pulling out of their upcoming appearance at Voodoo Music Experience in New Orleans later this month.

"Canceling shows is something we rarely do," drummer Tré Cool said in a statement. "We never want to let our fans down, and we are grateful for all of you being understanding during this time."

The band didn't give any specific reason for backing out of the festival, but it may have something to do with lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong's tirade at iHeartMusic Festival last month, which would lead Armstrong to a treatment center for substance abuse the following week.

In a revealing recent interview with BBC Radio 1, bassist Mike Dirnt explained the pressures the band were going through. "Although we were having fun we didn't take our nose out of the book for a long time," said Dirnt. "I think it catches up with you a little bit. We definitely just jumped off a moving train. At the end of the day when we got off the road the most important thing was my friend's life."

Dirnt admitted he hadn't seen Armstrong "in weeks" but said the band was going in a "good direction." We'll always have their New York show, at least.

We'll keep you updated as news develops but yeah, sorry New Orleans.