Green Day's lead guitarist on the road Jason White has been diagnosed with tonsil cancer. The band revealed the news on their official website, writing, "We have some news to report regarding our brother Jason White, and wanted you to hear it from us before word spread. Jason recently underwent a routine tonsillectomy, and his doctors discovered a treatable form of tonsil cancer. Thankfully they caught it early and he should make a full and speedy recovery. Please join us in sending him love and positive healing vibes during this time."
The band has no scheduled upcoming tour dates.
White first joined the band in 1999 after performing in frontman Billie Joe Armstrong's then-side project Pinhead Gunpowder. He toured with Green Day in support of their sixth studio album, Warning, and has been with the band ever since. According to Rolling Stone, White was given the title of permanent member in 2012 with the triple album release ¡Uno!, ¡Dos!, ¡Tre! Here's to a speedy recovery!
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