You might remember that a few weeks ago, Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong lost his shit after his set got cut short at a radio festival. The next day, he apologized and checked into rehab. This isn’t the best timing, as the band just released an album, ¡Uno!, with the second and third albums coming soon (¡Dos! on November 13). The band was also slated to play the Voodoo Music and Arts Experience in New Orleans on October 27th. That’s been canceled, but the band have found a pretty solid fill-in, as Metallica are now slated to play with them.
“We got a message about two days ago asking us if we were able to fill in for Green Day because Billie Joe was having some issues,” guitarist Kirk Hammett told Fuse. “We discussed it between the four of us and we all said, ‘Yeah.’ It would be a great thing for us to do and it would also be great to help out Billie Joe because he’s a friend of ours and we love Green Day. If we can help them out in any way possible, we’re always happy to do it because we love those guys. It’s a honor for us that they approached us and asked if we could fill in.”
That’s a win-win. Voodoo attendees still get a multi-platinum rock band, Armstrong is hopefully getting the help he needs before the band begins their world tour in late November (unless those dates also get cancelled) and Metallica will hopefully get the allotted time they need, lest they lose their shit and start smashing instruments. There’s no word on whether they’ll do anything special, like playing any of their albums back to front like they did at the Orion Fest.