Green Day Targets Clubs

Before Green Day steps out on its arena tour of the U.S. and Canada, the band will play three intimate club shows and make its first appearance at SXSW.  Tickets for up-close-and-personal shows in California, Arizona and Texas go on sale later this week.

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and cast of "American Idiot" perform at the Grammy Awards.

Green Day was going to do a short run of smaller venues in late 2012.  But that was before Billie Joe Armstrong went into rehab for substance abuse after his onstage rant about not having enough time to perform at the iHeartRadio festival in Las Vegas.

Now the band has slotted three club dates – March 10 in Pomona, Calif., at the Fox Theater, March 11 in Tempe, Ariz., at The Marquee and March 13 in El Paso, Texas, at Tricky Falls.

Green Day also announced the release of their forthcoming documentary “¡Cuatro!”, which will screen at SXSW in March.  Giving you a backstage peek at the band, the film covers the creation of Green Day’s recent album trilogy plus intimate live performances.

“¡Cuatro!” is one of two films steeped in Green Day biz that will premiere at SXSW.  The Doug Hamilton-directed “Broadway Idiot” chronicles Armstrong’s plunge into the world of Broadway when the musical based on the band’s American Idiot album landed on the Great White Way.

Armstrong, along with his Green Day bandmates Mike Dirnt and Tré Cool, will be in attendance when both films debut at SXSW March 15.  The band makes its own SXSW debut later that night when it performs at Austin City Limits Live At The Moody Theater.  The concert is open to SXSW music and platinum badge-holders, SXSW showcasing artists and music wristband holders, Idiot Club winners and whomever makes the guest list.

Tickets for the upcoming club shows in Pomona, Tempe and El Paso go on sale March 1.  Visit for more information.