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Green Day cancels shows due to treatment for frontman

LOS ANGELES--Grammy-winning U.S. punk band Green Day announced Monday it has canceled upcoming tour dates and postponed shows in early 2013, as frontman Billie Joe Armstrong has treatment for substance abuse.

The band, founded in Berkeley, California in 1987, canceled nine dates between now and December, and postponed 21 shows scheduled during January and February next year, it said in a statement. All the shows are in the United States.

“Obviously the timing for this isn't ideal, but Billie Joe's well-being is our main concern,” said the band's bassist and co-founder Mike Dirnt, without explicitly referring to the singer's drug problems.

“We are happy to say that Billie Joe is doing well, and we want to thank you all for the outpouring of support and well wishes that we have received, and we can't wait to see you all again soon,” he added.

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