Originally Posted Online: Dec. 31, 2012, 1:08 pm
Last Updated: Dec. 31, 2012, 3:42 pm

Green Day reschedules Quad-Cities gig for March 29 after frontman's rehab

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By Jonathan Turner, jturner@qconline.com

Photo: staff file photo
Green Day lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong will return to Moline's i wireless Center March 29. The band last played here in 2005.

The Grammy Award-winning rock band Green Day announced Monday it has rescheduled its postponed Feb. 1 concert at Moline's i wireless Center for March 29, the second date on its new national tour.

"We want to thank everyone for hanging in with us for the last few months," members of Green Day said in a news release. "We are very excited to hit the road and see all of you again, though we regret having to cancel more shows."

Frontman Billie Joe Armstrong said: "Dear friends... I just want to thank you all for the love and support you've shown for the past few months. Believe me, it hasn't gone unnoticed and I'm eternally grateful to have such an amazing set of friends and family. I'm getting better everyday. So now, without further ado, the show must go on."

In late September, two days after Mr. Armstrong's profanity-laced onstage outburst at the iHeartRadio Festival made headlines, Green Day announced that he would undergo treatment for substance abuse.

Green Day's tour originally was set to begin in Seattle in late September, but that date was scrapped when Mr. Armstrong entered treatment. At first, the band said it would only miss a few promotional appearances for its trio of new albums, but eventually all 2012 dates were postponed, in addition to the first two months of the new year.

Tickets for shows that had been postponed (including the canceled Feb. 1 date in Moline) will be honored at these new dates. If you have any questions regarding your tickets, please contact your point of purchase.

The i wireless Center concert will follow Green Day's first tour date on March 28, at Chicago's Allstate Arena. Theband last performed in Moline in September 2005.

Green Day's 2004 disc, "American Idiot," debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard chart, spawned five hit singles, earned seven Grammy nominations and won two, including Best Rock Album. In 2009, Green Day released "21st Century Breakdown," which won the 2010 Grammy for Best Rock Album.

It spawned two hit singles: the gold "Know Your Enemy," which was the first song ever to top Billboard's Rock, Alternative, and Mainstream Rock charts simultaneously, and the double-platinum "21 Guns," which earned them three 2009 MTV Video Music Awards including Best Rock Video. Green Day also took home an American Music Award for Favorite Alternative Rock Music Artist.

Later that year, Green Day collaborated with Tony Award winning director of "Spring Awakening," Michael Mayer, for the stage musical of "American Idiot." The play ran on Broadway for a year and won two Tony Awards. It is currently touring the United Kingdom and Ireland before returning to the United States in early 2013.

Green Day's highly anticipated "Green Day ¡Uno!," the first in a trilogy of new releases, was released on Sept. 25, 2012, followed by "Green Day ¡Dos!" in November, and the third in December. For more about the band, visit www.greenday.com.