When it was announced that Green Day front-man Billie Joe Armstrong was headed to rehab following his rant at the iHeartRadio Music Festival, many people were cynical. Some viewed the whole move as a stunt. But, Warner Brothers Chairman Rob Cavallo, the producer of Green Day's Dookie and American Idiot albums, says Billie Joe's situation is serious:
"His rehab is no joke. He's under medical supervision for a while to get him clean...I don't know if we'll see him before or after Christmas. It's basically undetermined when he'll be back."
"We're going to tour Australia in February with Blink... [so the] proper tour and the new album probably won't happen for about a year."
The shows in Australia are significant because of drummer Travis Barker's fear of flying. It was originally believed that Barker would not join the band for their Australia dates. But, a concert promoter confirmed that Barker would join the band in Australia. Barker has not riden in an airplane since he was involved in a plane crash back in 2008. He played European dates with the band after riding a boat across the Atlantic Ocean.
Van Halen defeated Queen's Brian May in the finals with 62 percent of the vote. The semi-finalists were Alex Lifeson of Rush and Jimi Hendrix. The reader's poll put Eric Clapton at 28th, so take it all with a grain of salt. See the bracket here and the rankings here.
"We go into rehearsals somewhere around the end of February. So... if everything goes to plan, we should probably be out [on the road] by end of April [or] May, I would think."
Nicks also mentioned that the band plans on working on new music. That discussion will happen more once the members of the band actually get together, but multiple songs could be in the works.
Over the years, the band has endured breakups and personnel changes. Key members of the current lineup are currently working on solo projects.