2006 and later
Beginning March 7, 2006, Rancid played several acoustic sets as part of Hellcat Records’ Hellcat Nights concert series at The Echo. This was their first time playing together since the hiatus of Armstrong’s side project The Transplants. On April 13, 2006, Rancid announced plans for a worldwide tour beginning in July 2006, and the release of a DVD compiling 31 of their music videos, as well as a tentative release date of Spring 2007 for a new as-of-yet-unamed studio album. 
On August 31, 2006, Frederiksen collapsed on stage on their third Montreal date. He was reportedly taking antibiotics at the time for an upper respiratory infection. The collapse and seizure resulted from a combination of fatigue and a methamphetamine drug reaction. The band had to cancel four shows, but continued the rest of their tour as planned. Rancid has posted the rescheduled concert dates on its official website. 
Like many other bands once on the Lookout! Records roster, in September, 2006 Rancid pulled their self-titled EP from the Lookout! catalog.
On November 3, 2006, Reed left Rancid and was replaced by former Used drummer Branden Steineckert. Recently, there has been some confusion whether Reed has left the band permanently or not. No permanent drummer has been announced and it is unclear if Steineckert will stay in the band to finish their new album.
Armstrong has announced plans for a debut solo album, A Poet’s Life, which was planned to be available for free Internet downloading starting November 7, 2006.
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