Green Day cancels show after Billie Joe Armstrong falls ill
September 4th, 2012
03:50 PM ET

Green Day cancels show after Billie Joe Armstrong falls ill

Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong has been spotted back in the States after he was hospitalized in Italy over the weekend.

Bassist Mike Dirnt and drummer Tre Cool broke the news to fans in a video posted to Green Day's website on Sunday, explaining that due to Armstrong's illness, the group had to cancel their performance in Bologna.

"We apologize profusely, but Billie got rushed to the hospital [Saturday] night due to illness, and the doctors don't think it's a good idea for him to play ... This sucks," Dirnt said.

"We're beyond devastated, we're as sad as you guys are. Billie's extremely upset," Cool chimed in. "We'll see you very soon."

By Tuesday, Armstrong was seen in Los Angeles, as TMZ's photographers caught up with him at the airport.

The singer couldn't talk about his ordeal, though - he pointed to his throat and whispered that he's lost his voice.


Filed under: Celebrities • Music

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  1. Sybil Biatch

    we also read...we have 1 person that has been over 22 people and talks to itself.... now thats talent..

    September 5, 2012 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  2. ooooooooooooooooozzzzzzzzzzz

    there soooooooooon

    September 5, 2012 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Mindee

    No wonder they sing about American Idiots! Some of these posts are just plain idiotic and have nothing to to with the content of the story or Billie Jo- Hopefully he is recovering and will be better soon- I love Green Day and wish the best for the guys! Can't wait for the next album and hope to see the play "American Idiot" when it comes this way! And Tre Cool- you rock!

    September 5, 2012 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • SJ

      Well said, Mindee.....I can't get over people who feel the need to post random rumours to tarnish reputations that have really nothing to do with them!!! (herione? I mean, I guess Ray Charles hid it....but the three from Green Day aren't all twitchy and itchy and incoherent.....) REmember what Thumper's mom said, "if you can't say anything nice.....don't say anything at all!" I am sure I am going to get plenty of "stupid thumper" responses...but I think the deer had some sound advice!!! Hope BJ gets well soon......and really, if you don't like them.....don't listen to their music!!!!! Stop the HATE!!!!!!!

      September 5, 2012 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  4. athiestbob

    must be out of heroine...

    September 5, 2012 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Yakobi

    Just as well. The new song they're pushing on the radio bites (won't even mention it here). IMHO, they haven't had a decent song since "Brain Stew" / "Jaded". And no, I didn't like anything off of "American Idiot".

    September 5, 2012 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  6. the_dude

    I am being bi-partisan when I say Green Day sucks and I hope Bille May dies a horrible death as punishment for impersonating someone who has talent.

    September 5, 2012 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  7. whatabore

    great group.

    September 5, 2012 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  8. h2a4

    "it's something unpredictable, but in the end it's time, I hope you had the time of your life". I love that song (from Seinfeld). Get well so you can continue your journey

    September 5, 2012 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
    • URClueless

      Why does Seinfeld get credit? That song was used on many a show/movie....but the only ones who should get credit for it is Green Day....it's not from Seinfeld, it's from Green Day.....

      September 5, 2012 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lokust

      From Seinfeld?

      September 5, 2012 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Rolling Stones

    i can't wait to see the stones...they turn me on even now..

    September 5, 2012 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  10. Andrew

    Green Day sucks. Maybe 15 years ago they were good. They are old men now and look like tools trying to act like kids, time to retire grandpa

    September 5, 2012 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
    • @Andrew

      Boy, such a hater! Please don't tell the Rolling Stones that. You should be so lucky to have such a long career.

      September 5, 2012 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
    • knucklecheese

      First of all, The Stones are real musicians. Secondly, It's pretty sad to see those old codgers onstage too. It's better to burn out than rot onstage.

      September 5, 2012 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
    • SnafuBob

      Old, yeah sure I suppose; that makes me old too. Anyway they are still better than any of the (younger) garbage out today...

      September 5, 2012 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • ah...

      I love the Stones. It's one band that I would still like to see in concert, regardless of how old they are. I don't care if they roll them out on their hover rounds. They still rock in my book.

      September 5, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hugh Jass

      "time to retire grandpa" And then maybe someone will listen to your band, right Andrew? Yep, any day now their millions of fans will vanish. Just hold your breath for a while and wait.

      September 5, 2012 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hugh Jass

      "Anyway they are still better than any of the (younger) garbage out today..." Oh, there's plenty of good stuff, especially if you don't insist on it being stuff you and I and Mick Jagger would like. Every other song I hear today sounds like 'Paranoid android,' which is ok but not what I want. You may notice that half the 'young' groups today are pushing forty, people whose careers were damaged by the disco-music-no-live-bands fad of the Seventies and early Eighties, so they aren't that different.

      September 5, 2012 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  11. fuego

    i love green day...

    September 5, 2012 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  12. Jesus Lizard

    I'm calm now... Please throw that Green Day album into the fire and MAKE ME ANOTHER BOILERMAKER!!!!

    September 5, 2012 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  13. 90swerethe days

    go offspring!

    September 5, 2012 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
  14. tom

    I was at the nutter center in Dayton Ohio when they cancelled their show. they promptly returned to play American Idiot from start to finish. Hell of a show. These guys kick @ss

    September 5, 2012 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Angry Senior

      That's cool. Thanks for the diary entry.
      I was at the radiology center getting a colonoscopy when they cancelled their show.
      They help fix my @ss.

      September 5, 2012 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
  15. Kevin Nivek

    I can't listen to Green Day because their drummer is named Tre Cool. This is a "punk" band and the guy has the cheesiest, most pandering name ever. Tre Cool. Think about it. It's awful in just about every way possible.

    September 5, 2012 at 9:11 am | Report abuse |
    • tom

      I was going to reply to your post but I can't read your post. You're a "commenter" on a web article and your last name is really just your first name spelled backwards... Think about it. It's awful in just about every way possible.

      September 5, 2012 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
    • thebeast

      Sometimes I forget how truly intelligent human kind are...

      September 5, 2012 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
    • tekstep1

      You don't know much about old school punk, do you?

      September 5, 2012 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
    • GANGNAM STYLE

      Cool story bro. By the way, Tre Cool sounds a lot better than Kevin Nivek... at least he put some creativity in his name whereas you just wrote your name backwards.

      September 5, 2012 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Tre Cool

      This coming from a poster named "Kevin Nivek". Butthurt much?

      September 5, 2012 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
    • GAZBOR from NARBON

      "I can't listen to Green Day because their drummer is named Tre Cool." Sorry, I couldn't read your post because your name is "NIVEK." Are you a Vulcan from Star Trek? Where did you get a Vulcan name like that? Are you having a good Vulcan time just Vulcan around on the internet? Live long and prosper, dude!

      September 5, 2012 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Bad Mood

      somebody is in a bad mood today...goodness me.

      September 5, 2012 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Uncle Stumpy

      @Kevin Nivek: I think he was given that nickname when he was 12 or 13 years old, when he was playing in the Lookouts with Larry Livermore out in California pot country. Larry might have actually given it to him, come to think of it.

      So it's not like he, when he was 25 years old, decided to call himself this goofy thing because he thought it would be punk. Nicknames stick. Ask Cat Stevens.

      September 5, 2012 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
    • natalie

      Greenday is not a punk band. Its pretty mainstream and commercial but their earlier stuff is good.

      September 5, 2012 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Très cool

      "Tre Cool" is what Tre heard when a frenchman told him that he was "Very Cool! (Très Cool)" Get your fact boy, he liked the name, he took the name: Punk rock or not: a name doesnt make you.

      October 7, 2012 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
  16. Robert Potter

    Wait, I've got AIDS? When did this happen? I'm still young!

    September 5, 2012 at 9:08 am | Report abuse |
  17. Elwood Blues

    Get well soon, Kelly Osborne.

    September 5, 2012 at 8:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Jake

      You are posting on the wrong forum.

      September 5, 2012 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Chang

      KO,....now thats funny. Liked a couple of tracks from last album... Kelly Osborn LoL does look like her...freaking internet lol

      September 5, 2012 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  18. Bill

    Why is he back "in the states"? I thought they were a Canadian band, eh?

    September 5, 2012 at 8:48 am | Report abuse |
    • The dude

      Have you perhaps been under a rock for 20 years? They are in no way canadian, try a simple google search before being a clear moron.

      September 5, 2012 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |
    • shaddap

      They're from CA, dill-hole.

      September 5, 2012 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Deeeeem

      Billie is canadian: he moved to CA -_- Google it!

      October 7, 2012 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
  19. Dave

    When did he learn to sing and play?

    September 5, 2012 at 8:40 am | Report abuse |
  20. aheyas

    America is NOT what it used to be. We have slipped in many areas, including the exorbitant, unsustainable cost of healthcare and healthcare access. I personally knew a man who could not afford healthcare for himself, as he was the primary caretaker of his wife, who was bedridden with M.S. for years. Care is very expensive, and he did not have the money to get a bypass operation (or have insurance)! He died at 56 years of age, because no hospital would do the surgery because of his inability to pay! This is SICK!

    September 5, 2012 at 8:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Angry Senior

      I have slipped in many areas also. Namely icy sidewalks. But with Medicare, I paid cents on the dollar for the care I've received later in life. I even got this HoverRound at no cost to me! And they handled the paperwork. Thanks, America!

      September 5, 2012 at 9:02 am | Report abuse |
    • JellyBean@Angry Senior

      LOL! That sh it is funny!

      September 5, 2012 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
  21. ALMOST TIME --HA!

    are we ready for tomorrow night!! haaaa

    September 5, 2012 at 6:36 am | Report abuse |
  22. Robert Potter

    Rumor has it he has AIDS.

    September 5, 2012 at 4:50 am | Report abuse |
  23. Richard

    As one other poster said, another pathetic, anti-American hypocrite. Rants and raves about how bad the U.S. is, then comes running home to it the moment he gets ill. Piece of trash.

    September 5, 2012 at 3:30 am | Report abuse |
    • I'm Outside

      People like you seem so strange and peculiar to me. Your own political beliefs distort the simplest of events and meanings. How anyone who exercises their most American right to criticize and highlight what they believe is wrong with the political climate in their own country could be perceived as anti-American, or anti-patriotic, is absolutely beyond me. To me, that's the highest level of patriotism; the fact that your love for your country is so strong that you're not afraid to question the powers that be in order to improve upon it. Maybe it is you who should re-evaluate what it is you think it means to be an American.

      September 5, 2012 at 4:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Jorge

      Dick, you'd be surprised to know how much contempt many people feel for your brand of chauvinism. Let me tell you that there are a bunch of us who are just as American as you, born and bred, who don't give a sheeite for your thoughts, because they don't put a damn thing on our tables.

      September 5, 2012 at 7:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Chemack56

      Uh...ever hear of the 1st amendment?

      September 5, 2012 at 8:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Hugh Jass

      Even your name is a violation of Wheaton's Law. Go away. Spam some kids or something.

      September 5, 2012 at 9:01 am | Report abuse |
    • FIDDLESTICKS

      try not to take yourself so seriously....

      September 5, 2012 at 9:35 am | Report abuse |
    • stig

      you're an idiot if you think you cannot criticize a country you live in....you're the american idiot

      September 5, 2012 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Fred Evil

      Enjoy being schooled Richard?
      Anyone who hasn't the stones, the honor, the integrity or enough love for their country to criticize it is NO American.
      America is BUILT on dissent. It is built so people CAN complain, and WE can improve it!
      Jokers like you who think it is beyond reproach are shamefully ignorant.

      September 5, 2012 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  24. lamp

    i love lamp

    September 5, 2012 at 1:58 am | Report abuse |
  25. chad

    this guy has been bashing the US for over a decade. now he runs back home at the first sign of sickness.. why not just stay in Italy and get that awesome health care?

    September 5, 2012 at 1:30 am | Report abuse |
  26. The Doug

    Didn't this clown and his crappy band get in the Rock Hall of Fame along with his crappy singing?

    September 5, 2012 at 12:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Hugh Jass

      Yep, and they have a hit show on Broadway that makes millions while they tour the world. Meanwhile, a genius like you is flipping burgers, right? It's so unfair. All they did was work night after night to build their careers and record album after album and tour relentlessly to get their name out.

      September 5, 2012 at 9:04 am | Report abuse |
  27. Donkey Party

    More senseless hate, almost always from the God-fearing right-wing. My hope is you all meet the same fate as you wish upon others, only faster, and more painfully.

    September 4, 2012 at 11:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • azrael

      Stupidity never ceases to amaze me....... Typical of people with your sense of logic........

      September 5, 2012 at 1:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Are You Kidding

      How can you get "God fearing right wing" out of what he said? I think you need to go back to your room and wait for Mom to call you for breakfast.

      September 5, 2012 at 8:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Hugh Jass

      "More senseless hate, almost always from the God-fearing right-wing" Really, people of all political parties think Billie Joe has an annoying voice. It's a bipartisan effort.

      September 5, 2012 at 9:05 am | Report abuse |
  28. Peter

    I hope the loss is permanent.

    September 4, 2012 at 10:49 pm | Report abuse |
  29. gang in fvw

    will see u thursday night!

    September 4, 2012 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
  30. iloveu879

    this will remain as discussed.

    September 4, 2012 at 8:32 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Danielle

    the topic will NOT be punk

    September 4, 2012 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
  32. LOLOL

    you the sybil stuff all day long...

    September 4, 2012 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Demetrius

    I bet all of these hippies are Obama supporters. Maybe they could play at his convention.

    September 4, 2012 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • wimshurst

      And if the convention needs a hateful yokel, they know exactly where they can find you.

      September 4, 2012 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Animal

      "I bet all of these hippies are Obama supporters" I bet your mama's an Obama supporter

      September 5, 2012 at 9:06 am | Report abuse |
  34. Facial

    getting a facial tomorrow .. any newfacial cream suggestions?

    September 4, 2012 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Van Dangles

    gee... hope he doesn't die. (Pleasediepleasediepleasedie)

    September 4, 2012 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  36. danielle

    lots of vacation days...c

    September 4, 2012 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Danny

    Blah! Hot Topic is not punk rock!

    September 4, 2012 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |

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