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Green Day

Green Day

American alternative rock band

Green Day is an American rock band formed in the East Bay of California in 1987 by lead vocalist and guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong and bassist and backing vocalist Mike Dirnt. For much of the band's career, they have been a trio with drummer Tré Cool, who replaced John Kiffmeyer in 1990 before the recording of the band's second studio album, Kerplunk (1991). Touring guitarist Jason White became a full-time member in 2012, but returned to his touring role in 2016. Green Day was originally part of the late-'80s/early-'90s Bay Area punk scene that emerged from the 924 Gilman Street club in Berkeley, California. The band's early releases were with the independent record label Lookout! Records. In 1994, their major-label debut Dookie, released through Reprise Records, became a breakout success and eventually shipped over 10 million copies in the U.S. Green Day is credited alongside fellow California punk bands Bad Religion, the Offspring, Rancid and Social Distortion, with popularizing mainstream interest in punk rock in the U.S.

Though the albums Insomniac (1995), Nimrod (1997), and Warning (2000) did not match the success of Dookie, they were still successful with the former two reaching double platinum status while the latter achieved gold. Green Day's seventh album, a rock opera called American Idiot (2004), found popularity with a younger generation, selling six million copies in the U.S. Their next album, 21st Century Breakdown, was released in 2009 and achieved the band's best chart performance. It was followed by a trilogy of albums, ¡Uno!, ¡Dos!, and ¡Tré!, released in September, November, and December 2012, respectively. The trilogy did not perform as well as expected commercially in comparison to their previous albums largely due to lack of promotion and Armstrong entering rehab. Their twelfth studio album, Revolution Radio, was released in October 2016 and became their third to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. The band's thirteenth studio album, Father of All Motherfuckers, was released on February 7, 2020.

Green Day has sold more than 75 million records worldwide.[1] The group has been nominated for 20 Grammy awards and has won five of them with Best Alternative Album for Dookie, Best Rock Album for American Idiot and 21st Century Breakdown, Record of the Year for "Boulevard of Broken Dreams", and Best Musical Show Album for American Idiot: The Original Broadway Cast Recording.

In 2010, a stage adaptation of American Idiot debuted on Broadway. The musical was nominated for three Tony Awards: Best Musical, Best Scenic Design, and Best Lighting Design, winning the latter two. The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2015, their first year of eligibility. Members of the band have also collaborated on the side projects Pinhead Gunpowder, The Network, Foxboro Hot Tubs, The Longshot, The Coverups, and have worked on solo careers.

Timeline

September 16, 2009
The Berkeley Repertoire Theatre debuts the stage production of Green Day’s “American Idol.”
August 18, 2009
The group’s major North American arena tour in support of “21st Century, touches down at HP Pavilion in San Jose
May 15, 2009
Green Day finally delivers its “American Idiot” follow-up, “21st Century Breakdown,” which goes to No. 1 in countries around the globe.
April 2009
The band does a string of special “surprise” shows at comparatively intimate Bay Area venues, including the Independent in SF and the Fox in Oakland, where they debut the material from “21st Century Breakdown.”
2008
Green Day makes some noise with its alter-ego band, Foxboro Hot Tubs. The group releases the CD “Stop Drop and Roll!!!” and plays such small venues as the Stork Club in Oakland and Toot’s Tavern in Crockett.
2007
An animated version of the band appears at the start of “The Simpsons Movie,” performing the show’s famed theme song. The version would also be released as a single.
2006
“Boulevard of Broken Dreams” wins the Grammy for Record of the Year
2005
“American Idiot” wins the Grammy for Best Rock Album
2004
Green Day bounces back to the top of the charts with the ambitious punk-rock-opera “American Idiot.” The record, the band’s first-ever No. 1, would produce the hits “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” and “Wake Me Up When September Ends.”
2002
The group’s popularity among fans was clearly slipping by this point, to the point where the near-unthinkable occurs: Green Day opens shows Blink-182.

Further Resources

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Date

Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day - A New England

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July 10, 2020

Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day - That's Rock 'n' Roll (No Fun Mondays Cover)

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May 18, 2020

Broadway Idiot - Full documentary

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March 30, 2021

Green Day - Pollyanna (Lyric Video)

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May 17, 2021

Green Day: The Early Years (2017)

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November 29, 2020

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