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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
 
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Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong Surrounded by Chaos in ‘Troubled Times’ Video

Green Day have released a new video for 'Troubled Times' featuring some of the chaotic news of recent months.

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Raymond Ahner, Loudwire
Raymond Ahner, Loudwire

Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong Condemns Charlottesville White Nationalists: ‘I F–king Hate Racism More Than Anything’

The Virginia protests turned tragic after a car driven by an alleged white supremacist plowed into a group, killing one and injuring 19 others.

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Raymond Ahner, Loudwire
Raymond Ahner, Loudwire

Green Day Play Triumphant Hometown Show at Oakland Coliseum [Exclusive Photos]

See our exclusive photos from Green Day's hometown show Aug. 5 at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum.

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Johnny Perilla, Loudwire
Johnny Perilla, Loudwire

Green Day to Head Up 2017 Global Citizen Festival in New York’s Central Park

Green Day will join Stevie Wonder, the Killers and more at the 2017 Global Citizen Festival in New York's Central Park.

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Photo by Frank Maddocks
Photo by Frank Maddocks

Green Day Launch Pop-Up Store for Hometown Oakland Show Plus News on Linkin Park + More

Get the latest news on a Green Day pop-up store, a pair of Linkin Park tribute covers, a Black Country Communion album + more in Wire-to-Wire.

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Photos by Brantley Gutierrez / Frank Maddocks
Photos by Brantley Gutierrez / Frank Maddocks

Foo Fighters vs. Green Day – Cage Match

Vote for either Foo Fighters' 'Run' or Green Day's 'Revolution Radio' in this Loudwire Cage Match.

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Theo Wargo / Mauricio Santana, Getty Images

Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong + Rancid’s Tim Armstrong Form The Armstrongs, Issue Benefit Single

Meet the Armstrongs -- Billie Joe, Tim, Joey and Rey -- on the new benefit single 'If There Was Ever a Time.'

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Wire-to-Wire: Nine Inch Nails Announce First Show Since 2014, Plus News on Green Day + More

 In addition to the big stories we covered today, here are some other rock and metal news items from July 13, 2017:

- Nine Inch Nails have announced their first show since 2014...

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Photo by Frank Maddocks

Acrobat Falls to His Death Before Green Day’s Performance at Spain’s Mad Cool Festival [Update]

Green Day and the Mad Cool Festival have responded to the tragic death of an aerial performer who fatally fell on the second night of the event.

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Johnny Perilla, Loudwire
Johnny Perilla, Loudwire

Fans Sing to Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong Outside Hotel After Show Cancellation

Watch Green Day fans serenade singer Billie Joe Armstrong after the band's show in Glasgow was canceled.

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