Green Day guitarist Jason White has been diagnosed with tonsil cancer.
The band has asked fans to send “love and positive healing vibes” to the guitarist, who joined Green Day full-time in 2012.
The band said in a statement on their official website, “We have some news to report regarding our brother Jason White, and wanted you to hear it from us before word spread. Jason recently underwent a routine tonsillectomy, and his doctors discovered a treatable form of tonsil cancer. Thankfully they caught it early and he should make a full and speedy recovery. Please join us in sending him love and positive healing vibes during this time.”
Jason previously performed with Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong’s side project Pinhead Gunpowder in the early 1990s and became touring guitarist for the Warning rockers in 1999.
He continued to perform with the group on the road at every subsequent tour, and was named a full time member in 2012 when they released their trio of albums Uno, Dos and Tre.
This is not the first time a member of Green Day has battled with their health.
In 2012 and 2013, the band were forced to cancel a string of gigs when Billie Joe Armstrong entered rehab for drug addiction.
Armstrong told Rolling Stone at the time, “I couldn’t predict where I was going to end up at the end of the night. I’d wake up in a strange house on a couch. I wouldn’t remember how. It was a complete blackout.”
Billie Joe recently sparked rumors the band may be releasing new material, after posting a Twitter image reading “Green Day 15”.
Green Day, which is also made up of Tre Cool and Mike Dirnt, are set to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April 2015.
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