Billie Joe Armstrong, frontman for the alt-rock band Green Day, was hospitalized over the weekend in Bologna, Italy, forcing the band to cancel its concert under doctors’ orders. Fellow band members Mike Dirnt and Tre Cool filmed a short video apology.
“Hi, this is Mike and Tre from Green Day. Obviously, we apologize profusely, this is really unfortunately. But due to Billie – Billie got rushed to the hospital last night due to illness,” says Dirnt. “The doctors don’t think it’s a good idea for him to play today. This sucks. We really, really were looking forward to playing in Bologna as the highlight of our tour.
“We’re beyond devastated, we’re as sad as you guy are. Billie is extremely upset about it, but we’ll see you very soon,” adds Cool.
“We apologize. We love you guys and we’ll be back as soon as we can,” finishes Dirnt.
No other details have been offered as to the nature of Armstrong’s illness. Hopefully it is nothing serious.
UPDATE: TMZ is reporting that Billie Joe is back in Los Angeles and the illness appears to be something along the lines of laryngitis, as he mouths to them, “I have no voice.” Which would certainly preclude a frontman from performing a concert.