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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.
The band were branded as callous for continuing their set, but they didn't even know anything had happened.
Music shows are supposed to be spectacular and memorable events, and for Green Day's audience at Mad Cool Festival in Spain this weekend it was certainly a night they will never forget. The concert was a disaster from the start when witnesses saw an acrobat performer tragically fall to his death.
Green Day performing at BST Hyde Park this year
Green Day were headlining the event in Madrid on Saturday night (July 8th 2017) in front of 35,000 people when an acrobatic artist - who has now been identified as 42-year-old Pedro Aunion Monroy - dropped at least 100 feet to the ground only minutes before the band were due to go on stage, dying almost instantly from his injuries.
Green Day need little to no introduction, but just in case, here's a quick recap. Being arguably the most key band to pop-punk with their 90's records 'Dookie', 'Insomniac' and 'Nimrod' they became instant legends and one of the biggest bands on the planet. These records were defined by spunky scrappiness in Tre Cool (drums) and Mike Drint's (bass) rhythms, in frontman Billie Joe Armstrong's riffs, being married with the strongest knack for melody and catchiness as well as silly lyrics about getting wasted and other youthful activity. There's also always being an outsider spirit to Green Day which continued into their reinvention with their bold 'American Idiot' concept album in 2004, which saw the band mature with style, having more of a political consciousness and reshoot them to the top. They visit Sheffield tonight and deliver a show which matches their legacy.
Firstly, tonight though, we have Rancid who are a classic band in their own right. Like tonight's headliners Rancid have many a punk anthem under their belts with gritty spirit and instant danceability that get a good chunk of this huge crowd going early on. The band themselves rev-it-up with frontman Tim Armstrong often galloping around the stage as well as ending their set in the crowd and you can feel Matt Freeman's insane bass skills from a distance with rapid, animated fretwork.
Green Day have no problem following legends as they themselves are. From start to finish this is just a delight. This band have so many iconic tracks in their arsenal, that much of the 13,000 people will be singing along to every word across the two-and-a-half-hours Green Day play tonight. Whether it be the politically charged 'Holiday' or the ska-punk masterclass 'King For A Day', what most Green Day songs have in common is hooks that stick in your head like gum and a lot of heart to connect with.
Continue reading: Green Day - Sheffield Arena, 03.07.17 Live Review
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."
Continue reading: Green Day Guitarist Jason White Diagnosed With Tonsil Cancer
Organiser confirms big-name act to play secret set at festival.
Every year, festival campsites buzz with rumours of ‘favourite bands playing secret slots’ and unlikely artists playing impromptu performances. As an event with a rich history of putting on secret shows, this month’s Reading and Leeds festival proves to be no exception.
Last week, one Reading and Leeds organiser revealed he’d been approached by several artists (some of whom he described as ‘arena acts’) all wanting to play at the festival. To the delight and frustration of many fans, he confirmed that one big-name act has since been confirmed to perform a secret slot - but wouldn’t reveal who.
Continue reading: So, Who's Playing ‘Secret Sets’ At Reading And Leeds 2014?
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:
Kerrang! is releasing a Green Day tribute compilation on June 11. What are some of the best pop-punk covers done in recent years?
Popular UK rock magazine Kerrang! has been known for the occasional covermount CD packaged with one of their issues, and they’ll be adding to that list next month. On June 11, Kerrang! will be releasing a tribute album for Green Day’s iconic record, American Idiot, to celebrate its ten year anniversary. According to a flyer tweeted out by Kerrang! editor James McMahon, the track listing is set to feature bands like You Me at Six, Falling In Reverse, Frank Iero, and 5 Seconds of Summer. Additionally, extra covers from Green Day’s Dookie will be included as well. No confirmed tracks have been announced yet, but the thought of 5 Seconds of Summer possibly covering “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” while You Me at Six takes on “Jesus of Suburbia” is enough to have us anticipate the release immensely.
Kerrang! will release their 'American Idiot' tribute on June 11
In the meantime, which covers from pop-punk bands have been the best? You’ve got labels like Fearless Records releasing cover compilations every year, and bands have even made their own cover full-lengths. If anything’s for certain, there’s never a shortage of a band’s rendition of the current hit pop song or a classic oldie, but no matter the genre, they’re always looking to put their own spin on it to make it theirs. In some cases, the covers actually turn out better than the original.
Continue reading: Kerrang! Releasing 'American Idiot' Tribute Album
What, someone made The Smiths and The Beatles as Lego?
Is there no end to what can be achieved with Lego? It doesn't seem so, as the latest ingenious Lego creation is, well all of our favorite bands!
Foo Fighters as Lego!
Adly Syairi Ramly loves Lego and he also has pretty good taste in music too. After collecting Lego since 2011 he came up with the fantastic idea of combining his two major passions as the results are pretty epic. Nothing else was used to create the models, it’s just simple Lego figures given a rock and roll makeover. The pictures were taken on an iPhone 5 with no desktop editing. Pretty impressive indeed.
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