Tuesday, October 16, 2012
METALLICA Decided To Help Out GREEN DAY Because "They Love Those Guys"!
A few weeks back we reported that while Punk Rockers GREEN DAY were performing at the IHeartRadio music awards on Saturday, September 22nd, the promoter allegedly cut the bands set in half in order to give USHER some extra time during his set. As a result, Billie Joe Armstrong had an onstage melt down when the band was prompted that they have 1 minute left during their hit song "Basket Case". You can watch video of the incident HERE.
Following Billy Joe's meltdown, GREEN DAY's camp released the following statement via their Facebook page:
"Billie Joe is seeking treatment for substance abuse. We would like everyone to know that our set was not cut short by Clear Channel and to apologize to those we offended at the iHeartRadio Festival in Las Vegas. We regretfully must postpone some of our upcoming promotional appearances."
The band has also been forced to cancel their appearance at the Voodoo Music and Arts Experience in New Orleans on October 27th. Thankfully, the band have found a pretty solid fill-in: METALLICA!
“We got a message about two days ago asking us if we were able to fill in for Green Day because Billie Joe was having some issues,” guitarist Kirk Hammett told Fuse. ”We discussed it between the four of us and we all said, ‘Yeah.’ It would be a great thing for us to do and it would also be great to help out Billie Joe because he’s a friend of ours and we love Green Day. If we can help them out in any way possible, we’re always happy to do it because we love those guys. It’s a honor for us that they approached us and asked if we could fill in.”
Lars Ulrich added: "We are excited to be part of our first ever Voodoo Music + Arts Experience. Our good friends and fellow Bay Area residents Green Day had to unfortunately cancel their plans to be there, so we are more than happy to fill in for them in our own unique way. We’re hoping we can fill those very large shoes and do them proud."
Green Day drummer Tre Cool announced his band would not be playing at the festival earlier this week, stating, "We had to put the life of our friend in front of everything."
On Friday, Warner Bros. Records chairman Rob Cavallo, Green Day's longtime producer, released an update statement about the Punk icon, and revealed, "His rehab is no joke. He's under medical supervision for a while to get him clean."
Cavallo fears more shows will be cancelled to accommodate the star's recovery: "His doctors are still evaluating. All I can say is I don't know if we'll see him before or after Christmas. It's basically undetermined when he'll be back."
GREEN DAY's upcoming Tour Dates:
26th: Seattle, WA Paramount Theatre
27th: Kennewick, WA Toyota Arena
29th: Salem, OR Salem Armory Auditorium
1st: Sacramento, CA Memorial Auditorium
2nd: Reno, NV Grand Sierra Resort – Grand Theatre
4th: Santa Cruz, CA Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium
10th: Tempe, AZ Marquee Theatre
7th: Green Bay, WI Resch Arena
8th: Rosemont, IL Allstate Arena
10th: Wilkes Barre, PA Mohegan Sun Arena
11th: State College, PA Bryce Jordan Center – Penn State Univ.
13th: Rochester, NY Blue Cross Arena
14th: Pittsburgh, PA Consol Energy Center
16th: Brooklyn, NY Barclays Center
18th: Manchester, NH Verizon Wireless Arena
19th: Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena
21st: Fairfax, VA Patriot Center
22nd: Philadelphia, PA Liacourias Center – Temple University
24th: Providence, RI Dunkin Donuts Center
25th: Portland, ME Cumberland Civic Center
27th: Quebec City, QC Colisee Pepsi Arena
29th: Toronto, ONT Air Canada Centre
30th: Cleveland, OH Wolstein Center – Cleveland State Univ.
1st: Moline, IL I Wireless Center
2nd: Madison, WI Alliant Energy Center Memorial Col
4th: Omaha, NE CenturyLink Arena
6th: Broomfield, CO 1STBANK Center
8th: Las Vegas, NV MGM Grand Garden Arena
GREEN DAY's Official Site
METALLICA's Official Site