Billie Joe Armstrong

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Billie Joe Armstrong (born 17.02.1972)
Billie Joe Armstrong is an American Rock singer best known as the lead singer of punk rock band Green Day.

Billie Joe Armstrong: Childhood
Billie Joe Armstrong was born in Piedmont, California and grew up in Rodeo, California. His parents are jazz musician and truck driver Andrew Armstrong and Rod's Hickory Pit restaurant worker Ollie Jackson.
He attended Hillchest Elementary School in Rodeo where he recorded his first song 'Look for Love' at 5-years-old. He then attended John Swett High School, and later Pinole Valley High School in Pinole, California which he dropped out of.
His father died from esophageal cancer when he was 10 and he and his siblings didn't like their stepfather when their mother remarried.
At 10, he first met Green Day bassist Mike Dirnt.
He father bought him his first guitar which was a Cherry Red Hohner acoustic and his mother bought him his first electric guitar when he was 11, a Fernandes Stratocaster that he called 'Blue'.

Billie Joe Armstrong: Musical career
Billie Joe Armstrong formed his first band when he was 15 in 1987 called Sweet Children. Billie and Mike were on guitar, John Kiffmeyer was on drums and Sean Hughes was on bass. Hughes left the band after only a few performances and Billie Joe renamed the band Green Day after their love of cannabis.
They soon released debut EP '1,000 Hours' on Lookout! Records which they later combined with debut album '39/Smooth' and following EP 'Slappy' into the compilation '1,039/Smoothed Out Slappy Hours in 1991.
Kiffmeyer left to go to college in 1990 and was replaced by Tre Cool. Tim Armstrong from punk band Rancid asked Billie Joe to join his band but he refused.
Green Day became mainstream with their third album 'Dookie' in 1994 and have since sold around 60 million records across the globe.
He has co-written for The Go-Go's, Penelope Houston and Rancid. He has also produced an album for The Riverdales and was part of a side project called The Network which released an album called 'Money Money 2020' on Adeline Records which Armstrong co-owns with his wife Adrienne.
In order to develop fresh ideas, Armstrong stayed in an apartment in New York City for some time. He fell into the wrong crowd of friends who spent most of their time drinking and he winded up getting arrested for driving under the influence on his way home in 2003.
In 2004, Green Day released 'American Idiot' which became a major number one hit selling $15,000,000 copies worldwide and even developing into a Tony winning stage musical in 2009 which Armstrong briefly starred in as drug dealer St. Jimmy.
In 2012, he announced the induction of Guns 'n' Roses into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. In the same year he became a mentor for Christina Aguilera's team on 'The Voice'.

Billie Joe Armstrong: Personal life
Billie Joe Armstrong married Adrienne Nesser in 1994 four years after meeting her at one of his band's shows. They had their first child Joseph Marciano Armstrong in 1995 followed by another, Jakob Danger Armstrong, in 1998. Together they own Adeline Records.
He calls himself bisexual, and has said in the past that people struggled to accept it.
He went to rehab in 2012 for substance abuse after performing at the IHeartRadio music festival in Las Vegas. Towards the end of the band's set, Billie Joe went on an angry rant when he thought their performance had been cut short and subsequently smashed up his guitar before walking off the stage.
In 2011, he was thrown off a Southwest Airlines flight because his pants were too low. The airline later apologised and booked him for another flight.
In 2012, he was rushed to hospital with gastric problems and was forced to cancel his performance at the I-Day Festival in Bologna, Italy.
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Bille Joe i looooooooooooooooooooooooooove ur music and u

9 years 2 months ago
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Well I dont know if it is true But I might be related to him because my cousin Jamie her other cousin Brionna witch is my bff and i didnt even know because we went to school 2gather . but she said that he is her cousin?? And I want that to be true but i dont at the same time because I LOVE HIM!!!!!!!! and not like a fan either like every body else and i dont know how to explain is because I fell so different when I look at him or see him!!!!!

8 years 4 months ago
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I think BJ was totally hotin bullet in a bible?what do you think?

8 years 8 months ago
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hiya i think thats greendays music is brilliant the best music ever,from their old songs to their newer stuff they will always rock ass! i love billie joe armstrong hes amazing i cant belive how gorgeous he is,i recently bought their fantastic dvd bullet in a bible its brilliant,hope they carry on making fab music for years to come,i listen to them everyday and i own every album n dvd n pictures n calenders they have made i love them.

8 years 10 months ago
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i absolutley love green day, i went to see them at milton keynes national bowl yesterday (19/06/05)and they were awesome. they r most definatley the best band ever, they put on such a great show and billie joe armstrong sure knows how to crowd-wow!i dont understand how people cant like green day, everyone should love them. i love billie joe armstrong, tre cool and mike dirnt because they are individual and arent afraid to show their feeling through music.plz add a comment if u agree with me!luv loz xxx

9 years 5 months ago
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I just love Billie Joe. Whoever said about Billie Joes wedding Ring, about it shuld come off,.......f**k off. Billie Joe loves his wife with all his heart. When you get married, you are supose to wear your wedding ring, it shows that you are married. I admit, I LOVE BILLIE JOE, HES SO HOTT AND SEXY. But you know that he will always be with Adrienne, thats his love of his live. If I was married, I would love my husband too. But right now, I'm not Married. Billie Joe, I am so proud of you, that you love your wife, thats how it should be. You have beautiful kids and all, you have a beautifulwife, your whole family is beautiful. Keep making music, and don't stop being you. Billie Joe, you are amazing. I love your music, you hae a beautiful voice too. And Mike is the best at bass, and Tre is the best at drums. You guys have great talent. Keep up the good work. Love you Billie Joe.Your biggest fanStephanie

8 years 6 months ago
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Now this what I have to say. Billie Joe Armstrong is really HOT. He is like an atomic fire ball! LOL. I went to his concert in Las Vegas during the month of October and it was off the hook. I started crying so bad cause I saw the whole band and it was like a dream come true cause I thought that would never see them. And by the way, all of you stupid girls that are all over him go jump on a donkey cause he's all mine. For my birthday (Dec.9) I am going to meet him in person. SO HA HA!!!! Anyways i don't want to talk just about Billie Joe. Have you guys seen Tre Cool? He is hilarious!!! So is Mike Dirnt! You will only find them funny if you see their Bullet In A Bible DVD. Well, that is all I have to say. SO TA TA.Love Always/ Alex (girl)

8 years 12 months ago
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heyy kacy u r so rite about that hollow head jane mc watever i dont evan wanna no shes stupid oh and jane everybody thinks that especially that jessics girl that dried u up sooo badly go jessica u rok.everybody who thinks billie is hot and cute ya u ppl hav good taste but it would be btr if u understood him and his music jane and what u ppl r so stupid and mean anyway hi again kc

8 years 10 months ago
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heyomg ok i first wanna say that i am the bigggest gren day fan ever and i know u think u r but i so amok everyone has been going off at this jane chick or watever becuase of the wedding ring but i think wat she was trying to say is that they make it so bovious that b.j.a is married in all the posters and stuff, in bullet in a bible they zoom in on it all the time and it does get annoying but of course he shouldn't take it off for fans like us, omg omg i spoke to billie joe on msn omg so cool if ya wanna ask me about it email me at chuckelberry_10@hotmail.com adn someone else said in a comment that we should stop just coming on her to say billie joe is hot and to listen to there music once in a while but do u honestly think they don't listen to the music, the reason billie joe is so hot is beacuse he is so talented and the music he producers, so im sure those people do listen to the music because only true billie joe fans listen to his music,kk lateromg billie joe is so hot and ive sene him on web cam!I HAVE ALL THEIR ALBUMS AND I LOVE THEM LATER

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I LLLLLLOOOOOOOOOVVVVVEEEEEEEE BILLIE JOE ARMSTRONG!!!I luv him ssssssssssooooooo much dat i dont talk 2 ppl who donno him or make fun of his name!!!! ;p I really wanna meet him!!!i wanna meet him sssssooooo badly.... MAn his not a man his GOD 4 ma !!! Evry 1 thinks i mad after billie joe but i know i luv him!:)YA i even luv da band coz dis band got da rok wich no 1 else got..... rok on GREeN DAy nd luv ya BJ!!!

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