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.
soundoff (87 Responses)
Post a comment
You must be logged in to post a comment.
About this blog
Our daily cheat-sheet for breaking celebrity news, Hollywood buzz and your pop-culture obsessions.
we also read...we have 1 person that has been over 22 people and talks to itself.... now thats talent..
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!
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!!!!!!!
must be out of heroine...
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".
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.
HE HAS AIDS ! ! ! BFer!
"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
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.....
i can't wait to see the stones...they turn me on even now..
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
Boy, such a hater! Please don't tell the Rolling Stones that. You should be so lucky to have such a long career.
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.
Old, yeah sure I suppose; that makes me old too. Anyway they are still better than any of the (younger) garbage out today...
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.
"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.
"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.
i love green day...
I'm calm now... Please throw that Green Day album into the fire and MAKE ME ANOTHER BOILERMAKER!!!!
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
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.
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.
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.
Sometimes I forget how truly intelligent human kind are...
You don't know much about old school punk, do you?
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.
This coming from a poster named "Kevin Nivek". Butthurt much?
"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!
somebody is in a bad mood today...goodness me.
@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.
Greenday is not a punk band. Its pretty mainstream and commercial but their earlier stuff is good.
"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.
Wait, I've got AIDS? When did this happen? I'm still young!
Get well soon, Kelly Osborne.
You are posting on the wrong forum.
KO,....now thats funny. Liked a couple of tracks from last album... Kelly Osborn LoL does look like her...freaking internet lol
Why is he back "in the states"? I thought they were a Canadian band, eh?
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.
They're from CA, dill-hole.
Billie is canadian: he moved to CA -_- Google it!
When did he learn to sing and play?
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!
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!
LOL! That sh it is funny!
are we ready for tomorrow night!! haaaa
Rumor has it he has AIDS.
you started the rumor
Psst – Robert Potter has AIDS. Pass it on.
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.
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.
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.
Uh...ever hear of the 1st amendment?
Even your name is a violation of Wheaton's Law. Go away. Spam some kids or something.
try not to take yourself so seriously....
you're an idiot if you think you cannot criticize a country you live in....you're the american idiot
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.
i love lamp
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?
you're a moron
Didn't this clown and his crappy band get in the Rock Hall of Fame along with his crappy singing?
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.
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.
Stupidity never ceases to amaze me....... Typical of people with your sense of logic........
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.
"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.
I hope the loss is permanent.
will see u thursday night!
this will remain as discussed.
the topic will NOT be punk
you the sybil stuff all day long...
I bet all of these hippies are Obama supporters. Maybe they could play at his convention.
And if the convention needs a hateful yokel, they know exactly where they can find you.
"I bet all of these hippies are Obama supporters" I bet your mama's an Obama supporter
getting a facial tomorrow .. any newfacial cream suggestions?
Ask big shiz- he might be able to give you a facial.lmao
Pretty sad when you write weak sauce comments and then reply to yourself
anybody know how muc car rentals are nowadays?
Cream of Wun Dum Gai?
gee... hope he doesn't die. (Pleasediepleasediepleasedie)
What kind of idiot even conceives of such gibberish?
lots of vacation days...c
Blah! Hot Topic is not punk rock!