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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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Michael Loccisano, Getty Images

Green Day Make Live Return to 924 Gilman Street

Green Day returned to the venue where they honed their chops in the early days.

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Kevin Winter / Frazer Harrison / Mike Coppola, Getty Images

System of a Down, Pantera + Green Day Featured on ‘Guitar Hero Live’ Play List

Tracks from System of a Down, Pantera, Green Day and more have been confirmed for the upcoming 'Guitar Hero Live' game.

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Green Day, Joan Jett + More Featured in Trailer for HBO’s Rock Hall Induction Special

Green Day, Joan Jett and many more are featured in the newly released trailer for HBO's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony special.

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Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong: We Have ‘Four or Five Songs Right Now’ for New Album

After Green Day took last year off, fans will be happy to know that the band is revitalized and working on a new album.

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Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong Expresses Gratitude to Fans After Rock Hall Induction

Green Day are now Rock and Roll Hall of Famers, but it wouldn't have happened without the fans.

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Mike Coppola, Getty Images

Green Day Rock ‘American Idiot’ + ‘Dookie’ Hits at Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

Green Day dug into their two best-known albums as they celebrated induction tonight into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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Mike Coppola, Getty Images

Green Day Accept Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Honor With Eyes on the Future

Green Day talked about their indie roots, while accepting induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame tonight, but made clear they aren't done yet.

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Mike Coppola, Getty Images

Joan Jett Thanks Nirvana, Fellow Inductees Green Day in Hall of Fame Acceptance Speech

Joan Jett insisted that she didn't intend to become emotional in accepting her Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction with the Blackhearts tonight – but it wasn't so easy.

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Green Day to Return to the Concert Stage in Cleveland

After taking the last year off, Green Day will return to the concert stage April 16 in Cleveland.

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Green Day Jam Together for the First Time in a Year

For the first time in a year, Green Day got together for a jam session, and to celebrate the occasion the band posted a picture of the gathering on their Instagram account.

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