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Green Day

Green Day

Green Day brought punk rock crashing into the mainstream, after nearly two decades spent exiled to the fringes of the very pop culture establishment it was meant to disrupt and destroy. Indeed, one could safely say that the punk rock intelligentsia responsible for nurturing the movement from day one has never forgiven Green Day for this crime. But, for Green Day, which was formed in 1986, near Oakland, California by vocalist/guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong and bassist Mike Dirnt (later joined by drummer Tre Cool), their fundamental dream of playing music was never that complicated or calculated. By the turn of the decade they’d signed with independent Lookout! Records and proceeded to released a spate of albums and EPs which slowly grew their following and led to a major deal with Reprise for the release of 1994’s breakthrough smash, ‘Dookie,’ which has since sold an estimated 20 million copies. Coming just a few months after the universal bummer of Kurt Cobain’s suicide, Green Day’s comparatively upbeat power chord punk anthems connected with a slew of orphaned alternative rock kids, who obviously took the still rather negative lyrics behind hit singles like ‘Basket Case’ and ‘Longview’ with a hefty grain of salt. This formula continued to serve Green Day well over subsequent, multi-million sellers like ‘Insomniac’ (1995), ‘Nimrod’ (1997) and ‘Warning’ (2000), but no one expected 2004’s full-fledged rock opera, ‘American Idiot,’ to rocket the group almost all the way back to the dizzy heights of ‘Dookie.’ With its 15 million copies sold thus far, the album even spawned a Broadway production and, more recently, appears to be bound for a major motion picture. Meanwhile, 2009’s similarly ambitious ‘21st Century Breakdown’ brought the band back down to earth, somewhat; and a few years later, leader Billie Joe would land in rehab after a baffling on-stage meltdown — possibly explained by the stress of preparing 2012’s three-album extravaganza ‘¡Uno!,’ ‘¡Dos!’ and ‘¡Tré!’ — a bona fide pop punk trilogy that in many ways served to celebrate Green Day’s amazing career and consistent success.

  • Selected Discography: ‘Dookie’ (1994), ‘Insomniac’ (1995), ’American idiot’ (2004)
  • Related Artists: Pinhead Gunpowder, The Frustrators, The Network, Rancid
  • Further Reading: Top 10 Hard Rock Smackdowns
 
Kevin Winter (3), Getty Images
Kevin Winter (3), Getty Images

Green Day, Guns N’ Roses, Against Me Members + More Sign Open Letter to President Obama Concerning Standing Rock Protest

Billie Joe Armstrong, Duff McKagan and members of Against Me! are among those who signed an open letter asking for intervention in the Standing Rock protest.

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Spencer Kaufman, Loudwire
Spencer Kaufman, Loudwire

Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong: Anti-Trump Chant Good Start to Challenge ‘Ignorant Policies and Racism’

Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong discussed the band's anti-Trump chant from the American Music Awards while guesting on 'The Late Late Show.'

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YouTube: Jimmy Kimmel Live
YouTube: Jimmy Kimmel Live

Watch Green Day Perform on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’

Green Day performed 'Bang Bang' and 'Revolution Radio' on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!' Watch footage of both songs inside.

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ABC

Green Day Chant ‘No Trump, No KKK, No Fascist USA’ During American Music Awards

While performing 'Bang Bang,' Green Day took inspiration from Millions of Dead Cops (MDC) and the hardcore band’s anthem 'Born to Die.'

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Michael Loccisano, Getty Images

Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong: ‘American Idiot’ Film ‘Might Offend People, Which Is Good’

Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong discusses the progress of the 'American Idiot' film and says it may have some moments that offend.

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Spencer Kaufman, Loudwire
Spencer Kaufman, Loudwire

Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong Bemoans Phone Usage at Shows, Talks Trump Election Aftermath

Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong is not a fan of cell phones at shows, wishing for a more human experience. He's also spoken on the Trump election aftermath.

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Spencer Kaufman, Loudwire
Spencer Kaufman, Loudwire

Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong on President-Elect Donald Trump: ‘Our Social Progress Got Punched in the Face’

Green Day frontman has always voiced his political opinion, this time expressing how social progress has taken a hit with Donald Trump as President-elect.

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YouTube

Green Day Break Free of the Melancholy in Video for ‘Still Breathing’

It's a listless Green Day in their 'Still Breathing' video, but the band is ready to break free of the melancholy.

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Michael Buckner, Getty Images / Liz Ramanand, Loudwire

Green Day vs. Linkin Park – Rocktober Rumble, Semifinals

Vote Green Day's 'Boulevard of Broken Dreams' or Linkin Park's 'In the End' as Best 21st Century Hard Rock Hit in the Rocktober Rumble Semifinals.

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Kathy Flynn, WickedGoddessPhotography.com / Michael Buckner, Getty Images

Foo Fighters vs. Green Day – Rocktober Rumble, Quarterfinals

Vote for Foo Fighters' 'Best of You' or Green Day's 'Boulevard of Broken Dreams' for Best 21st Century Hard Rock Hit in this Rocktober Rumble pairing.

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