SYDNEY, Australia (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Pop-punk rock band Green Day have announced that they will be taking a hiatus after their upcoming Australia tour, which includes a headling slot at Soundwave 2014.
"We're going to Australia, doing a tour there and then we're going to take a break," frontman Billie Joe Armstrong told BBC Radio 2. “We haven't really been doing much. So it's just nice to kind of do some other things, y'know, when we get ready to do Green Day again, our batteries will be charged.”
While Green Day is going on break, Armstrong recently announced Foreverly, a new country-infused project with Norah Jones covering the Everly Brothers. The album is already in stores, with good reviews and perhaps some sort of live outing is in the offing.
Last September, the band took another, unplanned hiatus after Armstrong's public meltdown on stage at the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas. Subsequently, Armstrong checked into rehab and the band went on break, canceling or postponing dates until early 2013.
Australian tourdates include:
February 22 – RNA Showgrounds, Brisbane
February 23 – Olympic Park, Sydney
February 28 – Flemington Racecourse, Melbourne
March 1 – Bonython Park, Adelaide
March 3 – Claremont Showgrounds, Perth