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Green Day will play three warm-up shows prior to the band's appearance at the South By Southwest music and film festival in Austin, Texas on March 15th. According to Loudwire, the three dates will take place on March 10th at the Fox Theater in Pomona, California, the Marquee in Tempe, Arizona on March 11th and Tricky Falls in El Paso, Texas on March 13th. Tickets for all three dates will go on sale this Friday (March 1st) at 10:00 a.m. local time.

These shows will now serve as Green Day's official return to the stage in the wake of frontman Billie Joe Armstrong's meltdown at a Las Vegas festival in late September and his subsequent trip to rehab for an extended stay.

Armstrong opens up in this Friday's issue of Rolling Stone about his ordeal, saying he's a "blackout drinker" who had also developed a dependency on pills for anxiety and insomnia before entering an outpatient rehab program for a month.

The singer/guitarist said, "I started combining them to a point where I didn't know what I was taking during the day and what I was taking at night . . . My backpack sounded like a giant baby rattle (from all of the bottles inside)."

Armstrong called his withdrawal process "gruesome," saying, "I didn't realize how much of that stuff affected me." He also said he kept the withdrawal symptoms mostly hidden from his two sons but that "it was rough for (his wife Adrienne) to see me going through this."

He also admitted that he still has an "obsession for alcohol . . . But I have to work on it every day."

Following the South By Southwest stop, at which the band is also premiering the documentaries Cuatro! and Broadway Idiot, the trio will begin a 13-date North American tour on March 28th in Rosemont, Illinois.

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