Green Day

Biography

Out of all the post-Nirvana alternative bands to break into the pop mainstream, Green Day were second only to Pearl Jam in terms of influence. At their core, Green Day were simply punk revivalists who recharged the energy of speedy, catchy three-chord punk-pop songs. Though their music wasn't particularly innovative, they brought the sound of late-'70s punk to a new, younger generation with Dookie, their 1994 major-label debut. Dookie sold over ten million copies, paving the way for a string of multi-platinum releases that opened the doors for a flood of American neo-punk, punk metal, and third wave ska revivalists. More than a decade later, as many of their former contemporaries settled into retirement, Green Day remained at the forefront of popular music with albums like the Grammy-winning American Idiot.
Green Day arose from the Northern California underground punk scene. Childhood friends Billie Joe Armstrong (guitar, vocals) and Mike Dirnt (bass; born Mike Pritchard) formed their first band, Sweet Children, in Rodeo, California when they were 14 years old. By 1989, the group had added drummer Al Sobrante and changed its name to Green Day. That same year, the band independently released its first EP, 1000 Hours, which was well received in the California hardcore punk scene. Soon, the group had signed a contract with local independent label Lookout. Green Day's first full album, 1,039/Smoothed Out Slappy Hour, was released later that year. Shortly after its release, the band replaced Sobrante with Tre Cool (born Frank Edwin Wright III), who became the band's permanent drummer.
Throughout the early '90s, Green Day continued to cultivate a cult following, which only gained strength with the release of their second album, 1992's Kerplunk. The underground success of Kerplunk led to a wave of interest from major record labels, and the band eventually decided to sign with Reprise. Dookie, Green Day's major-label debut, was released in the spring of 1994. Thanks to MTV support for the initial single, "Longview," Dookie became a major hit. The album continued to gain momentum throughout the summer, with the second single, "Basket Case," spending five weeks on top of the American modern rock charts. At the end of the summer, the band stole the show at Woodstock '94, which helped the sales of Dookie increase. By the time the fourth single, "When I Come Around," began its seven-week stay at number one on the modern rock charts in early 1995, Dookie had sold over five million copies in the U.S. alone; it would eventually top ten million in America, selling over 15 million copies internationally. Dookie also won the 1994 Grammy for Best Alternative Music Performance.
Green Day quickly followed Dookie with Insomniac in the fall of 1995; during the summer, they hit number one again on the modern rock charts with "J.A.R.," their contribution to the Angus soundtrack. Insomniac performed well initially, entering the U.S. charts at number two and selling over two-million copies by the spring of 1996, yet none of its singles — including the radio favorite "Brain Stew/Jaded" — was as popular as those from Dookie. In the spring of 1996, Green Day abruptly canceled a European tour, claiming exhaustion. Following the cancellation, the band spent the rest of the year resting and writing new material before issuing Nimrod in late 1997. Three years later, their long-awaited follow-up, a refreshingly poppy record titled Warning, was released. Another long wait preceded 2004's American Idiot, an aggressive rock opera that became a surprise success — a chart-topper around the world, a multi-platinum Grammy winner, and easily the best-reviewed album of their career. Green Day reveled in the album's success, hitting numerous award shows and performing as part of Live 8 in July 2005. That fall brought the release of Bullet in a Bible, a concert album that documented the trio's expansive Idiot live show.
With their popularity and commercial viability restored, Green Day took on several small projects before returning to the studio. They contributed a cover of John Lennon's "Working Class Hero" to the charity album Instant Karma, appeared in The Simpsons Movie, and recorded an entire album of '60s-styled rock & roll under the alias of Foxboro Hot Tubs. While presenting an award at the Grammys in early 2009, the band announced the impending release of Green Day's eighth album, 21st Century Breakdown, which had been recorded with veteran producer Butch Vig. In May of 2009, 21st Century Breakdown was released, picking up where American Idiot left off, as another ambitious punk rock opera. The album was a commercial success, selling over 215,000 copies in its first three days of sales. In 2009, American Idiot was adapted for the stage, and the following year, Green Day lent their talents to the original cast recording, combining a driving score with Broadway vocal arrangements. The band released the live Awesome as F**k in 2011.
During the summer of 2012, Green Day unveiled their ambitious plans for the fall and winter: they would release not one but three new albums. The records — ¡Uno!, ¡Dos!, ¡Tré! — would appear in September 2012, November 2012, and January 2013, respectively, with each individual bandmember gracing one of the album covers on his own. The first, appropriately called ¡Uno!, was preceded by the disco-rock single "Kill the DJ" and the anthemic arena rocker "Oh Love." ¡Uno! was set for a splashy release in September 2012, but the weekend prior to its release Billie Joe Armstrong had an on-stage breakdown during a set Green Day played at the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas. Days later, it was announced that Armstrong entered rehab for undisclosed substance abuse; not long afterward the band's touring plans for 2013 were canceled. ¡Dos! arrived as scheduled in November 2012 and ¡Tré! was moved up to a December release. Demolicious, a collection of 18 demos recorded during the making of their ¡Uno! ¡Dos! ¡Tré! trilogy, showed up in time for 2014's Record Store Day release schedule.
In 2015, Green Day were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Following their induction, producer Rob Cavallo announced that he had started work on a new album with the trio. As they labored on the new record, Green Day released a single called "Xmas Time of the Year" for the 2015 holiday. The raucous "Bang Bang" was the first taste of the new record, Revolution Radio, which arrived in October 2016.

Birth Date: 1988

Origin: Berkeley, CA

Genre: Alternative 

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

    Albums

    No albums available

    Concerts

    1

    Talking Stick Resort Arena

    Wednesday, March 1, 2017

    Start: Friday, October 14, 2016

    Ends: Wednesday, March 1, 2017

    Phoenix, AZ

    Artists: Green Day and Against Me!


    2

    El Paso County Coliseum

    Thursday, March 2, 2017

    Start: Friday, October 14, 2016

    Ends: Thursday, March 2, 2017

    El Paso, TX

    Artists: Green Day and Against Me!


    4

    American Airlines Center

    Saturday, March 4, 2017

    Start: Friday, October 14, 2016

    Ends: Saturday, March 4, 2017

    Dallas, TX

    Artists: Green Day and Against Me!


    5

    Toyota Center

    Sunday, March 5, 2017

    Start: Friday, September 11, 2009

    Ends: Sunday, March 5, 2017

    Houston, TX

    Artists: Green Day and Against Me!


    7

    BOK Center

    Tuesday, March 7, 2017

    Start: Friday, October 14, 2016

    Ends: Tuesday, March 7, 2017

    Tulsa, OK

    Artists: Green Day and Against Me!


    8

    Verizon Arena

    Wednesday, March 8, 2017

    Start: Friday, October 14, 2016

    Ends: Wednesday, March 8, 2017

    North Little Rock, AR

    Artists: Green Day and Against Me!


    13

    Verizon Center

    Monday, March 13, 2017

    Start: Friday, October 14, 2016

    Ends: Monday, March 13, 2017

    Washington, DC

    Artists: Green Day and Against Me!


    15

    Barclays Center

    Wednesday, March 15, 2017

    Start: Friday, October 14, 2016

    Ends: Wednesday, March 15, 2017

    Brooklyn, NY

    Artists: Green Day and Against Me!


    17

    DCU Center

    Friday, March 17, 2017

    Start: Friday, October 14, 2016

    Ends: Friday, March 17, 2017

    Worcester, MA

    Artists: Green Day and Against Me!


    19

    Budweiser Gardens

    Sunday, March 19, 2017

    Start: Friday, September 11, 2009

    Ends: Sunday, March 19, 2017

    London, ON

    Artists: Green Day and Against Me!


    20

    FirstOntario Centre

    Monday, March 20, 2017

    Start: Friday, October 14, 2016

    Ends: Monday, March 20, 2017

    Hamilton, ON

    Artists: Green Day and Against Me!


    22

    Centre Bell Centre

    Wednesday, March 22, 2017

    Start: Friday, October 14, 2016

    Ends: Wednesday, March 22, 2017

    Montreal, QC

    Artists: Green Day and Against Me!


    23

    Centre Videotron

    Thursday, March 23, 2017

    Start: Friday, October 14, 2016

    Ends: Thursday, March 23, 2017

    Québec, QC

    Artists: Green Day and Against Me!


    25

    Petersen Events Center

    Saturday, March 25, 2017

    Start: Friday, October 14, 2016

    Ends: Saturday, March 25, 2017

    Pittsburgh, PA

    Artists: Green Day and Against Me!


    27

    Joe Louis Arena

    Monday, March 27, 2017

    Start: Friday, October 14, 2016

    Ends: Monday, March 27, 2017

    Detroit, MI

    Artists: Green Day and Against Me!


    28

    State Farm Center

    Tuesday, March 28, 2017

    Start: Friday, September 11, 2009

    Ends: Tuesday, March 28, 2017

    Champaign, IL

    Artists: Green Day and Against Me!


    1

    Xcel Energy Center

    Saturday, April 1, 2017

    Start: Friday, October 14, 2016

    Ends: Saturday, April 1, 2017

    Saint Paul, MN

    Artists: Green Day and Against Me!


    7

    MGM Grand Garden Arena

    Friday, April 7, 2017

    Start: Friday, October 14, 2016

    Ends: Friday, April 7, 2017

    Las Vegas, NV

    Artists: Green Day and Against Me!


    8

    Valley View Casino Center

    Saturday, April 8, 2017

    Start: Friday, October 14, 2016

    Ends: Saturday, April 8, 2017

    San Diego, CA

    Artists: Green Day and Against Me!


    1

    White River Amphitheatre

    Tuesday, August 1, 2017

    Start: Friday, January 13, 2017

    Ends: Tuesday, August 1, 2017

    Auburn, WA

    Artists: Green Day


    2

    Moda Center

    Wednesday, August 2, 2017

    Start: Friday, January 13, 2017

    Ends: Wednesday, August 2, 2017

    Portland, OR

    Artists: Green Day


    5

    Oakland Alameda County Coliseum

    Saturday, August 5, 2017

    Start: Friday, January 13, 2017

    Ends: Saturday, August 5, 2017

    Oakland, CA

    Artists: Green Day


    7

    USANA Amphitheatre

    Monday, August 7, 2017

    Start: Friday, January 13, 2017

    Ends: Monday, August 7, 2017

    West Valley City, UT

    Artists: Green Day


    11

    Sprint Center

    Friday, August 11, 2017

    Start: Friday, January 13, 2017

    Ends: Friday, August 11, 2017

    Kansas City, MO

    Artists: Green Day


    12

    CenturyLink Center Omaha

    Saturday, August 12, 2017

    Start: Friday, January 13, 2017

    Ends: Saturday, August 12, 2017

    Omaha, NE

    Artists: Green Day


    14

    Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre - St. Louis, MO

    Monday, August 14, 2017

    Start: Friday, January 13, 2017

    Ends: Monday, August 14, 2017

    Maryland Heights, MO

    Artists: Green Day


    16

    Klipsch Music Center

    Wednesday, August 16, 2017

    Start: Friday, January 13, 2017

    Ends: Wednesday, August 16, 2017

    Noblesville, IN

    Artists: Green Day


    18

    Budweiser Stage

    Friday, August 18, 2017

    Start: Friday, January 13, 2017

    Ends: Friday, August 18, 2017

    Toronto, ON

    Artists: Green Day


    20

    Riverbend Music Center

    Sunday, August 20, 2017

    Start: Friday, January 13, 2017

    Ends: Sunday, August 20, 2017

    Cincinnati, OH

    Artists: Green Day


    21

    Blossom Music Center

    Monday, August 21, 2017

    Start: Friday, January 13, 2017

    Ends: Monday, August 21, 2017

    Cuyahoga Falls, OH

    Artists: Green Day


    24

    Wrigley Field

    Thursday, August 24, 2017

    Start: Tuesday, January 17, 2017

    Ends: Thursday, August 24, 2017

    Chicago, IL

    Artists: Green Day


    26

    Darien Lake Performing Arts Center

    Saturday, August 26, 2017

    Start: Friday, January 13, 2017

    Ends: Saturday, August 26, 2017

    Darien Center, NY

    Artists: Green Day


    28

    Xfinity Center

    Monday, August 28, 2017

    Start: Friday, January 13, 2017

    Ends: Monday, August 28, 2017

    Mansfield, MA

    Artists: Green Day


    29

    XFINITY Theatre

    Tuesday, August 29, 2017

    Start: Friday, January 13, 2017

    Ends: Tuesday, August 29, 2017

    Hartford, CT

    Artists: Green Day


    31

    BB&T Pavilion (Formerly Susquehanna)

    Thursday, August 31, 2017

    Start: Friday, January 13, 2017

    Ends: Thursday, August 31, 2017

    Camden, NJ

    Artists: Green Day


    1

    Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek

    Friday, September 1, 2017

    Start: Friday, January 13, 2017

    Ends: Friday, September 1, 2017

    Raleigh, NC

    Artists: Green Day


    3

    Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre at the S. Florida Fairgrounds

    Sunday, September 3, 2017

    Start: Friday, January 13, 2017

    Ends: Sunday, September 3, 2017

    West Palm Beach, FL

    Artists: Green Day


    5

    MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre at the FL State Fairgrounds

    Tuesday, September 5, 2017

    Start: Friday, January 13, 2017

    Ends: Tuesday, September 5, 2017

    Tampa, FL

    Artists: Green Day


    6

    The Wharf Amphitheater

    Wednesday, September 6, 2017

    Start: Friday, January 13, 2017

    Ends: Wednesday, September 6, 2017

    Orange Beach, AL

    Artists: Green Day


    8

    Austin360 Amphitheater

    Friday, September 8, 2017

    Start: Friday, January 13, 2017

    Ends: Friday, September 8, 2017

    Austin, TX

    Artists: Green Day


    9

    AT&T Center

    Saturday, September 9, 2017

    Start: Friday, January 13, 2017

    Ends: Saturday, September 9, 2017

    San Antonio, TX

    Artists: Green Day


    11

    Isleta Amphitheater

    Monday, September 11, 2017

    Start: Friday, January 13, 2017

    Ends: Monday, September 11, 2017

    Albuquerque, NM

    Artists: Green Day


    13

    Sleep Train Amphitheatre in Chula Vista

    Wednesday, September 13, 2017

    Start: Friday, January 13, 2017

    Ends: Wednesday, September 13, 2017

    Chula Vista, CA

    Artists: Green Day


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