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Green Day gründeten sich 1986, nannten sich damals allerdings noch "The Sweet Children". 1989 merkte man, dass das wohl ein Fehler gewesen sein musste und benannte sich um. Der Name Green Day leitet sich von einem kalifornischen Slangbegriff für einen Tag (Day) voller Langeweile ab, der mit dem Rauchen von Gras (Green) totzuschlagen versucht wird.

Billie Joe Armstrong (Vocals/Gitarre) gründete die Band als 15jähriger mit seinem Schulfreund Michael Ryan Pritchard, alias Mike Dirnt (Bass) und John Kiffmeyer, alias Al Sobrante (Schlagzeug) in Kalifornien. 1990 verlies Kiffmeyer die Band und sein Nachfolger wurde Frank Edwin Wright III, alias Tré Cool.

Das Debütalbum "1039/Smoothed Out Slappy Hours" stößt auf wenig Resonanz, da Punk tot ist. 1992 ist das jedoch vollkommen anders und die zweite Platte "Kerplunk" verkauft sich 680.000 Mal und erreicht Platin-Status. Mit dem 1994 erschienen Album "Dookie" ist klar: Punk lebt wieder und ist mainstreamfähig, was auch The Offspring eindrucksvoll bewiesen. Elf Millionen Platten, Diamant-Stauts. "Basket Case" und "When I Come Around" werden zu den Hymnen des Neopunks. Die Band tritt auf dem Festival Woodstock II auf. Die Platte "Insomniac" ist mit 1,9 Millionen verkauften Platten in Amerika zwar erfolgreich, kann jedoch an die Erfolge von "Dookie" nicht anknüpfen.

Das 1997 erschienene Album "Nimrod" zeigt einen musikalischen Werdegang an, der viele Fans enttäuscht. U. a. enthält die Platte mehrere Songs, die mit Akustikgitarre eingespielt wurden. "Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)", eine Gitarren-Ballade, wird auch heute noch auf Hochzeiten in Amerika gespielt und wurde bei der letzten Folge von "Seinfeld" gespielt. Dennoch erreicht auch "Nimrod" Doppel-Platin-Status.

Mit der 2000 erschienen "Warning" kommt es zur Abkehr vom Punk. Die Band wendet sich zum Songwriter- und Rock-Bereich. Lediglich eine Millionen verkaufte Platten waren für Green Day schon eher als Flop zu bewerten. Innerhalb der Band kommt es zu Auseinandersetzungen, da keiner mehr mit dem anderen zufrieden war. Sänger Billie Armstrong überlegte, solo weiter zu machen.
Dazu kam es jedoch nicht. Vier Jahre lang gönnte man sich eine kreative Pause um sich mit "American Idiot" zurück zu melden. Die Rockoper verkaufte sich über 14 Millionen Mal und wurde zum erfolgreichsten Album. Bei den MTV Awards räumt die Band sieben Awards ab, darunter der Award für das beste Album und als beste Rockband. In den USA, UK, Österreich und der Schweiz erreicht die Platte Platz eins der Charts. In Deutschland erreicht sie Platz drei. 2007 interpretiert die Band die von Hans Zimmer komponierte Melodie für den Kinofilm "Die Simpsons - Der Film" neu. Ebenso machte man sich für die "Campaign to Save Dafur" an den Song "Working Class Hero" von John Lennon. Der Song wurde auf der CD der Kampagne "Instant Karma: The Amnesty International Campaign to Save Dafur" veröffentlicht.

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Green Day machen auf Darfur aufmerksam | 12.04.2007 | Am 12. Juni wird "Instant Karma" erscheinen, ein Album zugunsten der Amnesty International Kampagne gegen den Völkermord in Darfur. Reichlich geschmacklos meinte Jeff Ayeroff, welcher für die CD zuständig ist "Buy a record, save a life". Weiter meinte er, die Idee sei, Darfur wieder ins Bewußtsein der Leute zu holen und Geld zu sammeln. Auf der CD werden, in der Basisversion, 20 John Lennon Covers enthalten sein, berichtete USA Today am elften März. Green Day werden den Song "Working Class Hero" beitragen, Christina Aguiloera "Mother", die Black Eyed Peas "Power to the People", The Cure "Love", Willie Nelson "Imagine". "Real Love" wird von Regina Spektor und "JealousGuy" von Yousou N'Dour kommen. mehr...

Green Day im Simpsons Trailer | 07.03.2007 | Bands und Gastauftritte bei den Simpsons, das ist ja so eine Sache, die kommt einer Adelung durch die Queen gleich (müsste man mal Paul McCartney fragen). Ein Ereignis, dem viele Bands entgegen fiebern, wie Meg White (White Stripes) mit Ihrem Ausspruch: "Ein Gast-Auftritt wäre wunderbar". Am 27. Juli wird weltweit "The Simpsons Movie" herauskommen. Der Trailer kann jetzt schon gesehen werden. Ein Gastauftritt hier wäre nicht nur eine Adelung; Hier wird der Kaiser ausgerufen. mehr...

Green Day im Studio / Gibson-Gitarre wird nach Armstrong benannt | 12.09.2006 | Seit September dieses Jahres sind Green Day wieder im Studio um das Nachfolgealbum zu "American Idiot", eines der erfolgreichsten Rockalben aller Zeiten, aufzunehmen. Die letzte Platte hatte vier Jahre gebraucht, bis sie fertig wurde. Anscheinend wollen Green Day mit dem nächsten Album nicht so lange auf sich warten lassen. mehr...

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Billie Joe to be a guest on 'The Tonight Show' this Friday | NBC has announced that Billie Joe will be a guest on an upcoming episode of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. On the Tonight Show's page on NBC.com, the episode guest list has Billie Joe listed last, the place usually reserved for musical guests. Might Billie Joe be there just for a solo musical performance? Back in December, Billie Joe performed "Ordinary World" solo on Conan. The episode will air this coming Friday, September 22nd, at 11:35pm ET on NBC in the US. For those who can't watch, we'll be sure to have a video of it up as soon as possible. Green Day was last on The Tonight Show last October (almost a year, my goodness) when they performed "Bang Bang" for the first time on national television. Since then, they've appeared on numerous shows including Conan, Ellen, The Late Show, and many more. Check out all of them with our "On TV" news tag. Thanks to @GDLoT for posting about this. mehr...

Year of RevRad, Part 5: "Outlaws" | 'Outlaws', the focus of this edition of our Year of RevRad, is the fifth track on Revolution Radio, and a noticeable step down in pace and vigor compared to the preceding songs. Rolling Stone labelled it 'a swelling, wistful tune that looks back at the trio's teenage punk days', with Billie telling the magazine: "I was feeling nostalgic, thinking about when me and Mike would break into cars and steal tapes and lighters and shit like that." The song opens with bow guitar - a playing technique Billie Joe has used for the first time during this album's recording process - before giving way to quiet, rhythmic music with softly spoken lyrics, in which Armstrong nostalgically recalls the events of his youth. The chorus sees a rise in volume, before the swell subsides to give way to another quiet verse. There are very subtle changes in tempo throughout the track, until it slows down significantly as the song closes with: "I found a knife by the railroad track You took a train and you can't go back Forever now Forever now You'll roam" The 'railroad track' mentioned here is likely the same location as the 'tracks at Christie Road' referred to on the band's 1991 album, Kerplunk. However, while 'Christie Road' was a narration of then-current events, 'Outlaws' is clearly a reminiscence of them. This has led to many fans, and the band themselves, calling 'Outlaws' a sequel to the earlier song, written from a reflective, nostalgic point of view. The track has split opinion amongst fans, with many praising the slower pace and heartfelt lyrics, while others have called it 'boring'. Here's what some of our staff had to say about the song: Jack "The first time I heard this song, I remember being surprised by the slow tempo ? very slow, by Green Day's standards. That said, it isn't tedious to listen to. Billie Joe's lyrics about young, reckless love save this one, I think. I'm always struck by the somber outro, which is one of the most powerful moments on the entire album." Matt ""Outlaws" is a bit of a love song from Billie Joe. Not to his wife but to Mike and Tré. Looking at just the lyrics, you'd picture it as a peaceful and beautiful reminder of the past. However, when paired with the music, it gives those lyrics a depressing tone and gives me the "days gone by" sense that implies they miss the good ol' days. That could be true, but you'd never know it in 2017. This is the section of the album I typically skip over because it, along with "Say Goodbye" and "Bouncing Off the Wall", don't do anything for me. However, I do like one part of the song: the ending. No, not because it's over, but I love Billie Joe and piano, especially with the deep lyrical content. It kind of reminds me of his Everly Brothers recordings. I'd love to hear a stripped down version of this song with just piano and acoustic guitar." The song hasn't yet been played live, nor has it been given an official music or lyric video by the band. However, it has inspired Italian company Luna Video to produce their own fan-made project, serving as an unofficial music video for the song. You can head over to our song page for full lyrics as well as more details about 'Outlaws', and you can discuss the song with other fans in our forum topic for the track. What do you think of 'Outlaws'? Is it too slow, or does the nostalgia hit the right spot? Let us know in the comments! mehr...

Green Day releases lyric video for "Too Dumb to Die" | As was hinted at yesterday on Green Day's Twitter and Instagram accounts, the band today has released a lyric video for the Revolution Radio track "Too Dumb to Die". Check out the video below and let us know what you think in the comments! mehr...

Watch: Green Day play intimate Facebook Live set to raise money for Hurricane Harvey relief | Before going on stage in Florida yesterday, Green Day took to Facebook Live in a bid to raise money for US charity Americares. The band played a 30 minute set of 'old school' Green Day songs, with the proceeds going towards relief for those affected by Hurricane Harvey. You can watch the full video below, with the band coming on at 25:12. The performance featured Billie Joe, Mike and Tre without the support of the regular touring band members, and took place in what could only be called a tiny room backstage. While the audio quality was far from perfect, the 'garagey' sound, as Billie Joe put it, suited the content of the setlist perfectly. After a delayed start, which now seems customary for Green Day's live streams, and a short cameo from the drunk bunny, the band opened the set with 'Paper Lanterns', from their 1990 EP Slappy. The set that followed exclusively featured songs written in and prior to the Dookie era, including the first performance of 'Coming Clean' since 2013, as well as renditions of rarely played songs 'Only of You' and 'One of My Lies'. The full setlist is available over on our tour page. While it was clear that the band hadn't put the same rehearsal time into this performance as they would for their regular live shows, the set flowed smoothly from start to finish and the chemistry between the three members was clear, with only occasional small signals from Billie Joe required to keep everything on track. Even in spite of the confined space, the trio played with energy and passion from start to finish. Viewers could even be forgiven for forgetting the real reason why Green Day were playing - though not for long. In the breaks between songs, Billie Joe regularly reminded fans to donate to Americares to help with the Hurricane Harvey relief effort. The storm hit Texas two weeks ago, causing catastrophic flooding and killing 65 people, displacing many more from their homes. The band encouraged fans in all countries to donate using the button in the original Facebook post, while those in the US are also able to donate $25 by texting HERO to 20222. Green Day kick-started the donating by putting in $100,000 of their own. At the time of writing, the performance has been viewed over 3 million times and has raised almost $150,000 for the charity, a number which we hope will continue to rise. The video has even managed to get a 'like' from Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg. The video will be available to view for a week, according to a Facebook post made by the band today. The post read: "Thanks to everyone who watched our Facebook live performance earlier to support Americares. The money raised will go towards the relief of those affected by Hurricane Harvey. If you missed out, you can still watch it for the next week http://bit.ly/2x7W4X0 Donations can still be made via the button below the video, or by visiting http://www.americares.org/" The performance was summed up by Tre Cool, who said on finishing playing J.A.R.: "While I'm young and while I'm able all I wanna do is... DONATE TO AMERICARES" mehr...

GDA's Exclusive Interview with Green Day ? Part 4 | This is the fourth and final installment of our interview with Green Day. In part three, we talked to the band about their past goals, and the musical roots of each of the guys. I have also included some things that were not part of the interview itself, or our recording. At the beginning of the transcription below, I knew our time was running out ? and during the recording, we were packing up. I was throwing on my ?Still Breathing? shirt, as I call it, for my photo with the band. But I just kept talking and asking questions the whole time to make the most of every second. Your browser doesn't support streaming audio. "J?net: So, I have one more quick question, and this is just my own personal thing that I?ve always wondered ? when Mike sang the second half of 'American Eulogy,' did you [Billie] write it with that in mind, did it just happen, I mean ? was it something personal to Mike, because the way [Mike] sang it and kind of spit those lyrics out, it sounds like it?s very ? something [deciding to stop rambling on with this never ending question and let someone answer] ? Billie: I mean, I just wrote it and asked him if he wanted to sing it. [laughs] Mike: I think you need to sing to what the lyrics are calling for. I tend to sing ... like a little girl sometimes. [laughs] J?net: Not in THAT song. Mike: Yeah, but I was conscious that, 'This song isn't for singing like a little girl.' Or if it is, it's a little girl with attitude. Billie: If you think about 'Outsider' by the Ramones, and how DeeDee sang the bridge to it, it just kind of makes more sense. It just kind of comes from the band. And what else? 'I Was There' ? Mike sang the bridge on that. J'net: Yeah. Well, you [Mike] sing that 'American Eulogy' like it was written just for you. Just made me wonder ? Mike: [Hamming it up] Why, thank you! A friend of mine wrote that just for me! ? 'Hey Billie, I got an idea! We can go ahead and take five.' J'net: So, I'm getting a sense that it's time for you [Tre] to have your pizza that you've never had before. Any last things you guys want to say to the readers of Green Day Authority? Mike: Just that we appreciate them and that they should be good to each other and look out for one another online and offline. But, we appreciate the hell out of them, cause that's our community. They're fuckin' rad. We'll see [them] on tour. Billie: I think for me as a musician, it's always important to be a fan first. Because I'm obviously a big fan of the people I like to listen to and stuff like that. So with that said, [we're] like-minded and kindred-spirits. Tre: In the words of the wild stallions, 'Be excellent to each other!'" Thus ended the interview proper, though there was more conversation, as I asked the guys to take a quick photo with me (the first time I've ever asked for a photo with any of them ... the wait was so worth it given how the photo turned out). Then, touring sound engineer and photographer Chris Dugan reminded me that I had a t-shirt to show the band. It was from Jack Yates, Omaha-based editor extraordinaire for GDA, who has been taking all my scribblings and making them look beautiful on the site. His vintage shirt was from Green Day's first tour ? the band had screen printed it by hand back in the day. He thought they might like to see it, and maybe even sign it for him (which they graciously did). Tre sarcastically joked that it was really only six months old. Mike laughed, and said he still has the original screen print stencil for that shirt. mehr...

Green Day will perform today on Facebook Live to support hurricane victims | Since Hurricane Harvey hit Texas recently, Billie Joe has been using Twitter to share information about how people can help the victims. Houston needs your help. Houston necesita tu ayuda pic.twitter.com/TgB9B0Ctym? Billie Joe Armstrong (@billiejoe) August 29, 2017 jimthiebaud's photo https://t.co/HboQURBpjq please donate to Houston!? Billie Joe Armstrong (@billiejoe) August 29, 2017 Now, Green Day are taking action. They've announced a live performance via Facebook, and viewers will be able to donate to hurricane victims right from the stream. The video will begin at 4pm ET this afternoon. It's time to band together and help those affected by Hurricane Harvey. Tomorrow at 4pm EST we'll be doing a performance on Facebook Live (Facebook.com/GreenDay) to raise money for @Americares to support their Harvey relief efforts to help survivors. Donate through the button, or text HERO to 20222 to give $25 to Americares. Go to americares.org to learn more about the health-focused relief and development organization. A post shared by Green Day (@greenday) on Sep 4, 2017 at 7:59pm PDT They didn't specify whether this will be a full band performance or an acoustic one. Either way, we'll be tuning in, and you should too. mehr...

Ernie Ball's 'String Theory' series profiles Mike Dirnt | Guitar and bass string-making company Ernie Ball has released the latest installment of their String Theory series, profiling Green Day bassist Mike Dirnt. The profile features an interview with Mike about his music origins, his love of playing, and, of course, his Ernie Ball strings. Check out the great video below. String Theory is a web series from Ernie Ball that explores the sonic origins of some of music's most innovative players. mehr...



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