In Green Day's absence, 'Dos!' falls short of 'Uno!'
Posted November 21, 2012
Green Day's Dos!, the second in a trilogy of albums landing in late 2012, enters Billboard at No. 9 after selling 69,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
It's a significant falloff from the 139,000 copies sold by Uno!, which opened at No. 2 (behind Mumford & Sons' Babel) after its release on Sept. 25.
That might look like a sophomore slump in the punk trio's trilogy assault, but only because Dos! had none of the aggressive promotion surrounding its predecessor. The campaign was suspended when frontman Billie Joe Armstrong entered rehab for substance abuse after a meltdown Sept. 21 at the iHeart Radio festival in Las Vegas.
Early dates of a theater tour,scheduled to start Sept. 26 in Seattle, were canceled. Soon after Metallica replaced the band as headliners at October's Voodoo Music Experience in New Orleans, Green Day announced that all remaining 2012 dates would be scrapped to accommodate Armstrong's recovery. Scheduled arena dates in January and February were postponed and have yet to be rescheduled.
The final album, Tré!, will be released Dec. 11, moved up from Jan. 15.
"We feel bad we have to delay our tour, so to make up for it we want to give our fans the music earlier than we had planned," drummer Tré Cool said in a press release. "If we couldn't be there to play it for you live, the least we could do was give you the next best thing."
Fans are getting more to tide them over until Green Day returns to the stage. VH1 will premiere highlights of upcoming documentary Quatro! on Nov. 28, with a repeat Nov. 30 on MTV2 during 120 Minutes. Palladia, MTV's hi-def music channel, will broadcast the Quatro! preview on Nov. 30, Dec. 1, 3, 4, 6, 8, 11, 13, 17 and 22. Check local listings for times.
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