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Green Day (formed 1987) Green Day is an American punk rock band that has had huge global success since it's debut major label release, Dookie in 1994.
Formation: As teenagers, Billie Joe Armstrong and Mike Dirnt started up a band named Sweet Children. The band's first show was in October 1987 in Vallejo, California, at Rod's Hickory Pit, where Mike's mother worked at the time.
The next year, the band began working with John Kiffmeyer who played drums but also booked shows for the band. In 1989, the band changed their name to Green Day and released their debut EP '1,000 Hours' on Lookout! Records.
In 1990, Lookout! Records also released Green Day's debut album, 39/Smooth, as well as two more EPs, 'Slappy' and 'Sweet Children'. The next year, they released 1,039/Smoothed Out Slappy Hours, which was a combination of the debut EP and the debut LP. The drummer at the time, Sobrante, left to attend college and was replaced by Tré Cool.
Green day's second album, Kerplunk sold over 50,000 copies in the USA, which was an impressive amount for an underground punk band at the time.
Hitting The Mainstream: Green day signed to Reprise Records and recorded their major label debut, Dookie, which was released in 1994. The singles, 'Basket Case', 'Longview' and 'When I Come Around' all received heavy MTV airplay and the band was added to the Lollapalooza and Woodstock bills. Dookie won the Grammy Award for Best Alternative Album in 1995.
Insomniac was released in 1995 and spawned the singles 'Geek Stink Breath', 'Brain Stew/Jaded', 'Walking Contradiction' and 'Stuck With Me'. The video for 'Walking Contradiction' won the 'Best Video, Short Form' Grammy Award in 1996. The band cancelled a European tour in 1996, due to exhaustion.
Released in 1997, Nimrod provided more of a diversion from the band's standard punk-pop fare. The album entered the US charts at number 10 and the single 'Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)' earned the band an MTV Award for Best Alternative Video. The song was twice featured in separate episodes of E.R..
Warning was released in 2000. The single 'Minority' was a hit for the band and so, to a lesser degree, was the title track. Warning earned a gold certification, though all of the band's previous albums had achieved at least a double platinum status at this point in their career.
Green Day then released a greatest hits compilation entitled International Superhits! In addition to this, they released a compilation of B-sides entitled Shenanigans and a collection of videos, International Supervideos! From Shenanigans, 'Espionage' was featured on the soundtrack to Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me and was nominated for a 'Best Rock Instrumental Performance' Grammy Award.
In 2003, Green Day collaborated with Iggy Pop on his album Skull Ring. The next year, their American Idiot album debuted at number one in the US album charts. American Idiot won the 2005 Grammy Award for 'Best Rock Album'. Recordings from the supporting tour were released as Bullet in a Bible.
In 2006, 'Boulevard of Broken Dreams' was named 'Record of the Year' at the Grammy Awards.
Side Projects: PINHEAD GUNPOWDER (feat. Billie Joe Armstrong)
THE FRUSTRATORS (feat. Mike Dirnt)
THE NETWORK (it has been reported that all three members of the band are in this band, under assumed names).
FOXBORO HOT TUBS (all three members of Green Day are in this band and played on its debut album Stop, Drop and Roll).
In 2006, Green Day collaborated with U2 and Rick Rubin to record a cover of The Skids' 'The Saints Are Coming', to raise money for the victims of Hurricane Katrina.
Green day's version of The Simpsons' theme tune was released as a single in July 2004.
Donald Trump is no hero in their latest visual.
Green Day have never exactly been quiet about their feelings on Donald Trump, but they've taken their opinion of his upcoming inauguration to the next level with a scornful video for their new song 'Troubled Times', which features a rather unflattering representation of the president-elect.
Green Day trash Donald Trump in their latest video
The lyric video for the politically-charged track - designed by Manu Viqueira and David Rodriguez Simón - strings together a montage of images with references to slavery, racism, Islamophobia, the proposed 'wall', sexism and atomic bombs, while Donald Trump is featured as a flailing figure with razor sharp teeth and his face obscured by a mass of yellow hair under a red 'Make America Great Again' cap.
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The punk trio have added 24 dates from August to September to their Revolution Radio Tour.
Green Day have announced a significant extension to their tour of North America in 2017, adding another 24 dates across the United States and Canada.
The veteran punk act revealed on Monday (January 9th) via their official website and social media that they will play two dozen more shows on the continent, kicking off at Auburn, WA at the White River Amphitheatre on August 1st. The tour will wrap on September 13th, nearly six weeks later, at Chula Vista’s Sleep Train Amphitheatre in California.
Notably, the itinerary includes the band’s first ever visits to Chicago’s Wrigley Field and the Pasadena Rose Bowl. British indie-rock act Catfish & The Bottlemen will be opening for Green Day on all the dates.
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Few bands reach 30 years in the business and fewer still produce output that keeps them from becoming a heritage act, but Green Day have managed just this. 2004's 'American Idiot' reignited their popularity, but 2012's triple-album onslaught was overshadowed by a personal problems and rehabilitation. The band's popularity remains intact though, with a recent set of UK headline shows selling out almost instantly.
Whilst they may be leaders in the punk-rock genre, Green Day's most popular moment arguably remains the melodic 'Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)'. With this in mind, the gentle opening to 'Somewhere Now' shouldn't be so surprising, though the band open up before long. 'Bang Bang', offering a critique of gun culture in the age of social media, proves nearly as thrilling as 'American Idiot' while the title track of the record also blasts along forcefully. In contrast, the plodding 'Say Goodbye' loses momentum, but the power-balladry of 'Outlaws' proves a solid if unspectacular turn.
Whereas many records will cram the middle running with filler tracks, here it contains three of the more enjoyable moments. 'Bouncing Off The Wall' has suitably crashing power chords, while the survivalist content of 'Still Breathing' makes for a radio-friendly anthem that was an obvious choice as a single. Similarly energetic is 'Youngblood', a simple and infectious cut, while 'Forever Now' shows they still have the ambition to be progressive, though it is no 'Jesus Of Suburbia'. For many bands a record of this standard would be a career peak; Green Day have done better, but this stands as a fine release.
The show will follow their European tour and latest album release.
Green Day have been announced to headline Barclaycard's British Summer Time Hyde Park in London next Summer, following their European tour at the beginning of 2017. The band are also just about to launch their twelfth studio album 'Revolution Radio' this Fall - so there's plenty to look forward to from these guys over the next few months.
Green Day to headline BST Hyde Park
The punk rock band will hit London's Hyde Park on July 1st 2017, celebrating the festival's fifth anniversary. But if you can't make it to that show, Green Day will also be making appearances at various UK venues in February, promoting their epic new record 'Revolution Radio' featuring the single 'Bang Bang'.
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Green Day announced details of their 12th album, which will be released on October 7th.
After a break of nearly four years, punk rock veterans Green Day have announced details of their 12th studio album, titled Revolution Radio, and shared a stream of a new single called ‘Bang Bang’.
It’s the first new music since the 2012 trilogy of Uno!, Dos! and Tre!, all released in the same year, although the band did share a one-off Christmas single in December last year. ‘Bang Bang’ is the first single to come from the new album, which will be released on October 7th via Reprise.
Told from the point of view of the perpetrator of a mass shooting – the kind that has tragically once again captured America’s national consciousness in the wake of recent events – ‘Bang Bang’ promises to revisit the political territory of Green Day’s 2004 classic American Idiot.
The band were inducted in their first year of eligibility.
This year's inductees into the Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame, Joan Jett and Ringo Starr, definitely fall within the "about time" category. And they aren't the only ones. The 2015 inductees also include the cool kids of rock, Green Day.
Green Day were a bit overwhelmed on the night of their induction.
The Bay area trio also played a pretty intense show on the night of their induction, reminding everyone why they were the band to take punk rock to the masses back in the 1990s. From the opening power chords of American Idiot, Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt and Tre Cool had the crowud at Cleveland's Public Hall up on their feet and dancing along to the tune of 90s nostalgia.
Billie Joe Armstrong's 'These Paper Bullets!' is heading to New York and will be staged by the Atlantic Theatre Company in November.
Billie Joe Armstrong's latest musical is set to appear off Broadway. The 43-year-old Green Day frontman penned These Paper Bullets! last year and it debuted at the Yale Repertory Theatre. These Paper Bullets! will be on at the off-Broadway Atlantic Theatre in November, coinciding with the theatre company's 30th anniversary.
Billie Joe Armstrong's musical is heading to New York and will be produced by an off-Broadway theatre company.
The punk veterans join Bill Withers, Joan Jett and the late Lou Reed in the pantheon of musical greats.
Esteemed musical institution the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced its class of 2015. The six musical acts to be inducted are: Green Day; Bill Withers; Joan Jett & The Blackhearts; Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble; Lou Reed; and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band.
Former Beatle Ringo Starr will be honoured during the ceremony with an award for musical excellence, and ‘50s R&B quintet The “5” Royales will also be recognised for their influence on early pop music.
Green Day are to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, along with five other artists
The 41-year-old musician's type of cancer was fortunately caught early, so doctors are hoping "he should make a full and speedy recovery."
The longtime touring guitarist from punk rock band Green Day, Jason White, has been diagnosed with tonsil cancer, so the group have therefore asked their fans to send him some "positive healing vibes."
Green Day's touring guitarist has been diagnosed with tonsil cancer
White's illness was announced via a Facebook message posted on Friday (Dec 5th), which read, "We have some news to report regarding our brother Jason White, and wanted you to hear it from us before word spread."
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Macaulay Culkin's band were forced off the stage in Nottingham after facing a disgruntled crowd. But which bands in music history have suffered worse fate at the hands of displeased crowds?
Macaulay Culkin and his pizza-themed Velvet Underground cover band, the imaginatively named The Pizza Underground, suffered the chagrin of a disgruntled crown in Nottingham during the city’s annual Dot To Dot festival. Culkin, who was by this point half-way through a European tour, beat a hasty retreat from the stage after being drenched with beer.
Macaulay isn't the first star to feel the audience's ire.
It proved, that in this age of disconnect, where audience members can turn to the comforts of smart phones during lacklustre gigs, music fans are still eager to openly voice their displeasure. Only a few days later, Culkin announced the cancellation of the remaining tour dates. He has not openly cited the event as the primary motivation for such a cancellation, but it seems all too obvious that the hostile reception he received had severely impacted the decision. Macaulay is far from being the first to suffer the wrath of an embittered crowd and few are safe from the ramifications of a poor or ill-judged performance. Here are ten examples of performers receiving a severe dressing down from irate audiences:
Green Day - Adly Syairi Ramly, a self-proclaimed music and LEGO junkie, has transformed the toy brand's famous figures into some of the world's most iconic bands. Legendary acts such as the Beatles, Foo Fighters, Radiohead and Pearl Jam have been given a LEGO makeover and photographed using only an iPhone 5 with no added desktop editing. - Malaysia - Wednesday 19th March 2014
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