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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 Invites Disabled Fan to Play Guitar Onstage in London

Watch as Billie Joe Armstrong puts out the call to the audience for a guitarist and invites a disabled fan to play on a song with the band.

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Reprise
Reprise

23 Years Ago: Green Day Bring Punk Rock to the Masses With ‘Dookie’

On Feb. 1, 1994, Green Day saw their popularity skyrocket with the release of their 'Dookie' album.

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Spencer Kaufman, Loudwire

Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong: President Trump Does Not Grasp American Dream

Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong is calling for American unity and compassion after President Trump's recent string of executive orders.

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Lookout Records
Lookout Records

25 Years Ago: Green Day Release ‘Kerplunk’ Album

On Jan. 17, 1992, Green Day took a major step toward future success with the release of their 'Kerplunk' album.

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Green Day Make Powerful Martin Luther King Jr. Day Statement With ‘Troubled Times’ Lyric Video

Green Day have made a powerful Martin Luther King Jr. Day statement with their lyric video for their 'Troubled Times.'

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Spencer Kaufman, Loudwire

Green Day to Play Wrigley Field in Chicago for First Time

For the first time in their historic career, Green Day will be performing at the legendary Wrigley Field in Chicago.

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Green Day
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Green Day Announce 2017 Summer North American Tour Dates

The pop-punk legends will hit North America for a string of tour dates with Catfish and the Bottlemen this summer.

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Green Day
Photo by Frank Maddocks

Green Day Light Show to Debut at Las Vegas’ Fremont Street Experience on New Year’s Eve

There will be a new Green Day-themed light show that will be part of the festivities for Las Vegas' Fremont Street Experience on New Year's Eve.

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YouTube: Team Coco

Billie Joe Armstrong Gives Solo Performance of Green Day’s ‘Ordinary World’ on ‘Conan’

Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong performed the band's folk-tinged 'Ordinary World' on the television program 'Conan.'

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Reprise / Photo by Frank Maddocks
Reprise / Photo by Frank Maddocks

Green Day Pay Tribute to Bay Area’s Ghost Ship Victims, Take Part in Punk Documentary

Green Day have offered both social media and concert tributes to those who lost their lives in the Ghost Ship fire.

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