Billie Joe Armstrong's on stage meltdown and subsequent rehab admission last month have left fans uncertain about Green Day's immediate future, including what is going to happen with regard to their upcoming tour dates. Now, as NME reports, a comment from the band's label boss, Rob Cavallo, has revealed that there is no real certainty as to when Billie Joe might return to the fold:
"He's under medical supervision for a while to get him clean. 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."
Earlier this week, the band cancelled an appearance that they had scheduled for the New Orleans Music and Voodoo Arts festival, with heavy metal legends Metallica taking their place. Television appearances and publicity events in support of the band's recent album releases have also been cancelled because of Billie Joe's admission to rehab.
Speaking to Zane Lowe on BBC Radio 1 last week, bassist Mike Dirnt had the following to say about Billie Joe's issues:
"There Were Signs Of Things Hitting The Fan... We Hadn't Slept In Forever And Billie Had Definitely Had The Worst Of It. He'd Been Going Through His Own Struggles... We Were There With Him But You Can Only Handle Things On Your Own... At The End Of The Day When We Got Off The Road The Most Important Thing Was My Friend's Life."
"I'm Sure Billie's Had It Really Rough... There's Been Very Little Contact Between Us, So I Guess I'm Just Generalizing, But It's a Pretty Heavy-Duty Process... This Is Probably The Longest Time We Haven't Seen Each Other - I Haven't Seen Billie In Weeks... It's An Awkward Position To Be In, But We'Re Going To Pander This Out. We'Ll Get There."