Green Day Fun Facts, Quotes and Tweets


1st November 2016

Fact: Green Day will be honoured with the Global Icon Award at the 2016 MTV Europe Music Awards in Rotterdam, Netherlands on Sunday (06Nov16). The trio will also perform at the ceremony, where they'll be joined by G-Eazy, Charli XCX, and Tinie Tempah. Actor and musician Idris Elba will host the event.


11th October 2016

Quote: "We did this wild Christmas card where we made an EP, my wife sang, and I played. It's very Ramones... It's very rare!" Green Day rocker Billie Joe Armstrong once formed a family band with his wife and two sons, called The Boo, as part of a festive gift for friends and family.


31st August 2015

Tweet: "just watched VMAs. seriously @MTV not a single young rock n roll band?" Green Day star Billie Joe Armstrong wasn't impressed by the performances at Sunday's (30Aug15) Video Music Awards.


25th June 2015

Fact: Rocker Billie Joe Armstrong reunited with his FOREVERLY collaborator Norah Jones on Wednesday (24Jun15) to perform a rare concert together in New York City. The Green Day frontman teamed up with Jones for the 2013 album, a revamped collection of tunes inspired by The Everly Brothers' 1958 Americana release Songs Our Daddy Taught Us, and they decided to treat fans by revisiting the tracks for a one-off show at the Bowery Electric venue. No other joint shows have been announced.


18th April 2015

Fact: Punk trio Green Day were joined onstage by Rancid leader Tim Armstrong and their original drummer John Kiffmeyer during a three-hour pre-Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony gig in Cleveland, Ohio on Thursday night (16Apr15). Billie Joe Armstrong and his bandmates will be inducted into the city's fabled museum on Saturday (18Apr15), alongside Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, Bill Withers, Lou Reed and Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, among others.


10th October 2014

Quote: "Wow! Time flies. It's hard to believe it'll be 25 years since we released some of our first music. We are honoured to be considered for inclusion in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, along with many of our heroes." Green Day star Billie Joe Armstrong is thrilled with the group's Hall of Fame nomination alongside Sting, Lou Reed, Kraftwerk and The Smiths.


11th July 2014

Fact: Rockers Green Day have thrown their support behind bassist Mike Dirnt's wife as she prepares for a sponsored trek to raise money for breast cancer care and support. Brittney Cade Dirnt reveals she was diagnosed with breast cancer in April (14) and is now set to take part in the Avon Foundation's Walk For Breast Cancer with her family in September (14).


3rd April 2014

Quote: "The guy just wrote beautiful songs. When someone goes that honestly straight to the core of who they are, what they're feeling, and was able to kind of put it out there... it's amazing. I remember hearing it when Nevermind came out and just thinking, 'We've finally got our Beatles...' and ever since then it's never happened again." Green Day rocker Billie Joe Armstrong pays tribute to Kurt Cobain as the 20th anniversary of his death looms. The Nirvana star took his own life on 5 April, 1994, aged 27.


26th August 2013

Fact: Green Day, Avenged Sevenfold, and Alice In Chains are among the big-name acts signed up for next year's (14) Soundwave Festival in Australia. Other acts on the bill include Megadeth, Rob Zombie, Placebo, and Stone Temple Pilots. The travelling festival takes place across five cities Down Under during February and March (13)


7th March 2013

Quote: "I've never been diagnosed. All I know is I can't sleep very well at night. It takes me a while to get to sleep." Green Day star Billie Joe Armstrong is convinced he has insomnia issues.


5th March 2013

Quote: "I was on heavy medication. I was sober, but I wasn't clear. Seeing how it went down with her - something drew me to write that song." Green Day star Billie Joe Armstrong on writing Amy, his tribute to Amy Winehouse.


4th March 2013

Quote: "I can't go there. That's my last drink, which is good. It's documented. Anytime I feel like drinking, I can think about it." Green Day star Billie Joe Armstrong can't bear the thought of watching his meltdown onstage at the iHeartRadio festival in Las Vegas last year (Sep12). The rocker checked into rehab the following day to tackle substance abuse issues.


1st March 2013

Quote: "Billie apologised to me from the bottom of his heart. It was just two old friends on a park bench. I hope to be on a park bench with him when I'm old, feeding f**king birds and having conversations." Green Day star Mike Dirnt on his chance meeting with bandmate Billie Joe Armstrong in a coffee shop just days after he left rehab for alcoholism and prescription pill abuse. Dirnt and bandmate Tre Cool were forced to announce the cancellation of a string of Green Day dates after their frontman checked in for treatment last year (12).


1st March 2013

Quote: "I never want to be the kind of guy who talks about addiction. The last thing I want is sympathy from anybody. I don't want a pity party." Green Day star Billie Joe Armstrong refuses to become a poster child for the post-rehab recovery following his substance abuse meltdown last year (12).


23rd January 2013

Fact: Green Day's new documentary ¡Quatro! will premiere at the Winter X Games in Aspen, Colorado this weekend (26Jan13). The film chronicles the trio's efforts to complete work on their 2012 album trilogy ¡Uno!, ¡Dos! and ¡Tre!


15th October 2012

Quote: "I'd been singing about hate and setting things on fire for so long, I guess it was about time I wrote about this." Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong on the band's new love song Oh Love.


26th September 2012

Fact: Alanis Morissette replaced Green Day on U.S. late night show Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Tuesday (25Sep12) and performed a cover of the punk trio's hit Basket Case. The band pulled out of promotional appearances this week (begs24Sep12) after frontman Billie Joe Armstrong suffered a meltdown at a concert in Las Vegas and checked into rehab for substance abuse issues over the weekend (22-23Sep12).


16th September 2012

Quote: "My wife and I watched it every night. It was this guilty pleasure." Green Day star Billie Joe Armstrong insists he's a fan of U.S. TV talent show The Voice. The punk rocker has signed on as a mentor for Christina Aguilera's team of wannabes on the third season of the show.


16th September 2012

Quote: "Tom Cruise and Katie (came) when they were still together. Lady Gaga came and saw it... but I was pretty stoked about Michelle Pfeiffer. I had a crush on her when I was younger." Green Day star Billie Joe Armstrong on the celebrities who stopped by to say hello while he was on Broadway last year (11) in hit musical American Idiot.


14th September 2012

Fact: Ne-YO, Green Day, Justin Bieber and Big Sean were among the acts who performed on the season finale of America's Got Talent on Thursday (14Sep12). The episode marked judge Sharon Osbourne's last appearance on the series after announcing her decision to quit earlier this year (12).


7th September 2012

Quote: "Always speak your mind and always tell the truth, no matter what the cost, and I think they're paying a price for it and they shouldn't be. That's why I said something onstage." Green Day star Billie Joe Armstrong on his support for jailed Russian punks Pussy Riot, who are serving a two-year sentence for a protest gig at a Russian church.


7th September 2012

Quote: "I'm doing better. It was a little rough... I've always had a parasite inside my body and this time he decided to dance a little bit more." Green Day star Billie Joe Armstrong on the virus that struck him down and forced the band to scrap a show in Italy on Sunday night (02Sep12). The rocker was treated for dehydration in hospital, but bounced back for the group's scheduled performance at the MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles on Thursday (06Sep12).


21st May 2012

Fact: Green Day star Billie Joe Armstrong performed at Facebook.com founder Mark Zuckerberg's backyard wedding in Palo Alto, California on Saturday (19May12). The punk rocker is a longtime friend of the hi-tech businessman and offered to perform as a wedding gift to Zuckerberg and his new wife Priscilla Chan.


26th April 2011

Fact: Green Day brought their Broadway show American Idiot to a close in true rock style on Sunday (24Apr11) after taking the stage and performing their hits for nearly an hour.


18th April 2011

Quote: "It’s a f**king balancing act, man. You don’t want to always write about politics just for the sake of writing about politics. I don’t want to become Rage Against the MAChine." Green Day star Billie Joe Armstrong on his efforts to be a rock star and activist.


2nd September 2010

Quote: "I’m running for Governor of California!" Green Day star Billie Joe Armstrong jokes about joining the upcoming political race and taking on JERRY BROWN and MEG WHITMAN for his home state's top office during the band's Verizon Wireless Amphitheater show in Irvine, California on Tuesday night (31Aug10).


30th August 2010

Fact: Jimmy Fallon paid bizarre tributes to SIR Elton John, Greenday frontman Billie Joe Armstrong and R&B group Boyz II Men during his hosting duties at the 2010 Primetime Emmy Awards. The comedian dressed up as the singers while crooning their hits in a farewell montage to defunct U.S. TV series 24, Law & Order and Lost.


28th May 2010

Quote: "Courtney is an audiophile; she's a big fan of music. I'll text her with things that I've heard that I think she'll like. Whatever is in her past is in her past but I've always had a really good solid relationship with her." Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong defends his friendship with Courtney Love.


27th April 2010

Quote: "I saw AMERICAN IDIOT yesterday and I loved it. I totally loved it. I wanted to be on my feet the whole time." Desperate Housewives actress Dana Delany loved letting loose during Green Day's new Broadway musical.


13th April 2010

Quote: "We were trying to be the Cheech & Chong of punk rock for a while." Billie Joe Armstrong on Green Day's drug-related early days, which inspired the band's name.


25th March 2010

Quote: "When I hit 35, I was like, 'I'm 15 years from 50.' I was a terrible math student, but when it comes to age, I'll count the days." Green Day star Billie Joe Armstrong, now 38, fears becoming an old punk.


22nd March 2010

Quote: "One of the interns let us in and sneak around. We hung out on the roof and got in trouble." Green Day star MIKE DIRNT on the band's first visit to the fabled Abbey Road studios in London.


18th March 2010

Quote: "The first time we ever played that song was during an encore in New Jersey. I had to pound a beer backstage to get up the courage. I knew we were gonna take a tomato to the face." Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong was nervous about debuting the band's latest hit track GOOD RIDDANCE.


1st February 2010

Fact: Green Day debuted their acclaimed AMERICAN IDIOT musical at Sunday night's (31Jan10) Grammy awards - when the band joined castmembers from the Broadway-bound show for a performance of 21 Guns.


11th December 2009

Quote: "I was staying at the Sunset Marquis hotel in Los Angeles last year. My wife told me that I got up and walked over to the closet and went to the bathroom in there. Then I 'flushed' one of the hangers." Green Day frontman BILLE JOE ARMSTRONG pees in strange places.


20th November 2009

Fact: Green Day are to re-record their 21 GUNS hit with the cast of their AMERICAN IDIOT musical. The song will be available to download at the end of November (09).


29th October 2009

Quote: "It's much easier to Google free porn... I like Googling Megan Fox, it's much more interesting than Green Day." GREEN DAY frontman Billie Joe Armstrong admits he has better things to do than search for stories about the band online.


1st October 2009

Fact: Katy Perry is to host this year's MTV Europe Music Awards for the second consecutive year - the first star to present the show two years in a row. The I KISSED A GIRL hitmaker will host the bash in Berlin, Germany on 5 November (09). Green Day and Leona Lewis are slated to perform at the event.


14th September 2009

Quote: "There I am sitting behind Joey Ramone and then I look up and there's Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley kissing onstage. It was a trip." Green Day star Billie Joe Armstrong on his memories from the 1995 MTV Video Music Awards.


28th August 2009

Fact: Beyonce Knowles will perform at the MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) next month (Sept09). The star, who has received nine VMA nominations, is set to play single SWEET DREAMS. She will join Green Day, Muse, Pink and JAY-Z who are also signed up to sing at the event on September 13 (09).


23rd August 2009

Quote: "Acid. I don't regret doing it, but I sure as f**k wouldn't do it now. I'm way too neurotic. I'd be, like, sitting in the corner sucking my thumb for nine hours." Green Day rocker Billie Joe Armstrong has vowed never to take psychedelic drugs ever again.


13th August 2009

Fact: JAY-Z and Lady GaGa are the latest stars announced to sing at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards in New York on 13 September (09). The show will also feature performances from Green Day, Taylor Swift, Pink and Muse.


13th July 2009

Quote: "My wife just tattooed my name inside of her lip. Fair is fair. Why not? I'll one-up her. I'll tattoo my eye (with her name)." Green Day bassist MIKE DIRNT is ready to declare his love to new wife BRITTNEY CADE with ink, four months after the pair exchanged vows (14Mar09).


11th June 2009

Fact: Green Day star Billie Joe Armstrong's son played his first live show at the Gilman in Berkeley, California on the same day dad's new album, 21st Century Breakdown, was released. Ironically, Green Day played one of their first shows at the venue. Armstrong says, "I was in New York, so I missed it."


19th May 2009

Fact: Green Day star Billie Joe Armstrong is a Little League baseball assistant coach in his native California.


19th May 2009

Quote: "(He's) a mean sleeper. Anything for Mike in the morning is a drag. Nobody wants to wake him up. You have to poke him with a long stick and still know where the door is." Green Day drummer TRE COOL on bandmate MIKE DIRNT's morning moods


18th May 2009

Fact: Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong and his wife ADRIENNE co-own an organic clothing and furniture store in Oakland, California, called Atomic Garden.


10th May 2009

Fact: British rockers the Kaiser Chiefs will share their support slot on Green Day's upcoming U.S summer tour with fellow Brits Franz Ferdinand. The Kaiser Chiefs will join Green Day from 27 July (09) at New Yorks Madison Square Garden to 7 August (09), with Scots Franz Ferdinand taking over until the tours finale in Los Angeles on 25 August (09).


3rd May 2009

Fact: British rockers Kaiser Chiefs will support Green Day on their U.S tour this summer (09). The North American trek kicks off on 27 July (09) in Madison Square Gardens in New York.


21st April 2009

Fact: Green Day has announced they will embark on a 38 date tour this summer (09) - their first in over three years. The North American jaunt will kick off in Seattle on 3 July.


13th April 2008

Quote: "It's from a place we used to sneak booze and chicks into late at night." Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong on the name of the punk trio's spin-off group the FOXBORO HOT TUBS.


28th February 2008

Fact: Green Day star Billie Joe Armstrong, Mia, Common and Joan Jett are among the musicians who appear alongside the likenesses of late icons Ian Curtis and Sid Vicious in a new advertising campaign celebrating shoe manufacturer Converse's 100th birthday.


9th November 2007

Quote: "There are times where I'll walk upstairs after the show, and my mom will be sitting on the couch with Billie Joe Armstrong from Green Day, drinking a pint of beer. She's totally cool." Foo Fighters rocker Dave Grohl likes having his mother on tour with the band.


18th August 2007

Quote: "After Kurt died, I really resented everybody getting into Green Day. I was like, 'A f**king legend just passed, and you guys are listening to Green Day...' I was really passionate about it." Interpol frontman PAUL BANKS found GREEN DAY's success in the wake of Nirvana star Kurt Cobain's 1994 suicide intensely irritating.


25th May 2007

Fact: Pop punk trio Green Day have recorded The Simpsons theme for the upcoming movie release of the cult cartoon show. The group's animated likenesses will also appear in the film.


23rd May 2006

Quote: "People think that we're just good-looking guys with big d**ks that play hot rock + roll. But we have feelings, too." Green Day drummer TRE COOL.


1st November 2005

Fact: <p>American rockers Green Day will set a record for the longest performance on British music show TOPS OF THE POPS on Sunday (06NOV05). The punk trio will play the nine-minute version of JESUS OF SUBURBIA from their best-selling album AMERICAN IDIOT. </p>


4th September 2005

Fact: <p>Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong was given the nickname TWO DOLLAR BILL during high-school years because he sold ready-rolled joints to his fellow classmates for two dollars each. </p>


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