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31 December 2021

Billie Joe Armstrong Pulls Out Of Miley Cyrus’ New Year’s Eve Party Due To COVID Concerns

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Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong has decided to cancel his appearance on Miley Cyrus’ New Year’s Eve Party – a televised concert hosted by the singer and comedian Pete Davidson – due to being exposed recently to COVD-19.

Although he is currently testing negative for the virus, Armstrong has decided to be safe rather than sorry and not play the show tonight. “After the holiday I found out I was exposed to COVID,” Armstrong posted on his Instagram story.

“I’ve tested negative but, I have made the decision not to travel to Miami for New Year’s Eve Party out of caution. Happy New Year and hope everyone stays safe!”

Although organisers NBC have not announced a replacement yet, many other acts will play the show, such as Saweetie, Jack Harlow, Brandi Carlile, Anitta, 24kGoldn and Kitty Ca$h.

Miley Cyrus’ New Year’s Eve Party will be broadcast live from Miami tonight, 31 December, from 10:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. ET on NBC. Viewers will also be able to livestream the festivities on Peacock, the network’s streaming service. As previously reported, Saturday Night Live creator Lorne Michaels is executive producer.

It’s been a busy 2021 for Green Day, with the northern California punk band restarting their Hella Mega Tour with Weezer and Fall Out Boy in the US after the pandemic delayed it.

Earlier this month, the band celebrated the 30th anniversary of their second album, Kerplunk!, on social media. Kerplunk! laid the foundations for their breakthrough album, 1994’s Dookie, and was their last for independent label Lookout! Records.

Reflecting on the band’s success, Lookout!’s Larry Livermore wrote: “What made me so sure? Part of it was just a gut instinct, the same sort of feeling that had prompted me to ask Green Day (still Sweet Children at the time, strictly speaking) to do a record within minutes of seeing them play for five teenagers in a candlelit cabin in the middle of a mountain wilderness.”

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