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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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Listen to Sweet Children's 1988 'Stay' Demo | Recently, a demo version of Sweet Children's "Stay" was uploaded on YouTube by Todd Pritchard. According to the description, the song was recorded at Gilman Street sometime in October/November 1988 during the band's first recording session, the same session that the "Sweet Children" demo featured on the Turn It Around soundtrack is from. Listen to the track below. What do you think about the demo? Join the discussion on the Green Day Community forum. mehr...

Green Day to appear on Kevin & Bean's Last Breakfast on October 25 | Green Day will be appearing on Kevin & Bean's Last Breakfast at the HD Sound Space in Los Angeles on October 25. It will be Bean's last show. Fans in the US can win tickets by listening to KROQ this week. Get an extra chance to win on KROQ.com. Winning is the only way to attend. The Last Breakfast is KROQ-FM's morning show and sees Kevin & Bean interview guests. Other musicians interviewed include Foo Fighters, Jack White, Muse and Against Me. Last time we saw the band at the Sound Space was in 2016, during promotional appearances for Revolution Radio. You can watch the 2016 interview here. Check out the thread on GDC to chat about this with other fans. mehr...

Green Day to perform at MTV World Stage in Seville on November 2 | MTV España have announced that Green Day will headline the MTV World Stage at Plaza de España in Seville, Spain on November 2, 2019. There will be a Green Day presale at 11am CET on Tuesday, October 15. To access the presale, sign up to their mailing list here. General sale begins on Thursday, October 17 at 11am CET on El Corte Inglés. Tickets are ?10. The set will be televised and will air on November 3, 2019. Green Day last played the MTV World Stage in 2013 at Rock am Ring Festival in Germany. You can watch the full set here. Their 2009 set in Munich, which was eventually shown in cinemas, can also be watched here. Head to our forum to discuss the show with other fans! Thanks to Digoco on GDC for reporting this. mehr...

Watch Green Day's Performance on 'The Howard Stern Show' | Green Day made an appearance on The Howard Stern Show on Wednesday (Oct. 9). During a lengthy interview with Stern, they talk about the new album, their future with Warner Records, and the Hella Mega tour. They also performed "American Idiot," "Wake Me Up When September Ends" and "Father Of All..." in studio. So far only the "Father Of All..." performance has been uploaded on Howard Stern's YouTube page. Watch it below. If you want to see the entire performance along with the full interview, make sure to visit our Downloads section on the Green Day Community forum. mehr...

Insomniac turns 24 today! | Insomniac, released 24 years ago today, was a marked departure from the breakthrough Dookie. It was darker, harder and went from Dookie?s iconic apathy of ?I declare I don?t care anymore? to rage, fuelling lines like ?I must insist on being a pessimist.? Though there was a mixed reaction from fans surprised by its harshness, most critics reacted positively. Rolling Stone praised it, saying: "?The beauty of classic punk rock lies in its utter simplicity: Crude rhythms, rude attitude, pumping adrenaline and a loudly pronounced point of view are key. Once you get sucked in by that formula, any punk band sounds good at first ? because the musical rush is so basic, familiar and overwhelming. That?s also the reason most punk bands ? and records ? ultimately turn out to be crap. In punk the good stuff actually unfolds and gains meaning as you listen without sacrificing any of its electric, haywire immediacy. And Green Day are as good as this stuff gets.?" The album's name was a homage to cover artist, Winston Smith. Billie Joe asked how he managed to put together the cover art, 'God Told Me To Skin You Alive,' in 38 hours. He responded ?it?s easy for me. I?m an insomniac.? Billie has since said he wishes they?d stuck with the original title, ?Jesus Christ Supermarket,? though. Following Dookie, this era predictably saw many memorable moments. On February 25, 1996, Jay Leno?s green room was found in a mess, with peanut butter spread over couches and an Elmo doll hanging from a noose ? which, of course, was Green Day?s doing. On November 21, 1996, Billie Joe was infamously arrested for indecent exposure after mooning a crowd at the Mecca Auditorium in Milwaukee. Green Day were nominated for Best Alternative Rock at the 1996 American Music Awards, but lost to Pearl Jam. They lost Best Artist to Garth Brooks, who refused to accept it. The Insomniac Tour was the first time Green Day invited a fan onstage, with Billie saying: "?The first time we did it was on the Insomniac tour. We were having a kind of weird show, the crowd wasn?t really involved. So I was like, screw it, I don?t wanna play, does anyone else wanna play the song? So some kid came up and did it, and it completely changed the show. It?s like you?re bringing the whole crowd on stage every time you do it.?" Four music videos were released: Geek Stink Breath, Stuck With Me, Brain Stew/Jaded and Walking Contradiction. Insomniac also, of course, prompted the angry mother?s letter that inspired Reject. What's your favourite track from Insomniac? Do you have any Insomniac era memories? Head to the Insomniac thread on our forum to discuss it with other fans. mehr...

New single 'Fire, Ready, Aim' now available worldwide! | As we found out last week when Green Day announced their NHL partnership, more new music is upon us! The brand-new single, "Fire, Ready, Aim," was released tonight in conjunction with its first appearance as the intro tune for Wednesday Night Hockey. Here's what Green Day had to say about the song: "How many trolls does it take to screw in a lightbulb? The answer is Fire Ready Aim! A new tune for the loons! This song is about our daily outrage. Attack without thought.. hyperbole. Anyway stick a hammer in your mouth. Shut up and dance!" mehr...

Happy Birthday! Revolution Radio turns 3 today. | 3 years ago today Green Day?s 12th studio album ?Revolution Radio? was officially unleashed upon the world. The album saw the band return to its roots, with a dozen powerful tunes showcasing a more mature side of the band while still encasing the punk attitude that they are known for. As Rolling Stone stated ?'Revolution Radio? is vibrant punk rock, uncluttered by outsize grandiosity or conceptual overthink. It sets the tone with its Clash-like police-siren guitar, Tré Cool's combustible drum tumult and Billie Joe Armstrong snarling about cherry bombs and gasoline as if he's looking around his garage for stuff that might set the world on fire". As much as the album was a reflection of the state of the world in 2016 with songs such as the title track "Revolution Radio" and "Troubled Times", it was also an album that saw self-reflection in songs like ?Somewhere Now? and ?Outlaws?. The general consensus from fans and critics alike was that the album was a hit. As exciting as it was to have finally have new music from Green Day, perhaps the most thrilling part of the new album to fans worldwide was the exciting era it brought with it. Green Day fans were along for the ride from the first hints something was coming in June 2017, right until the final show of the RevRad Tour, and we would be lying if we said it wasn?t an exciting era. The era saw a string of successful sold-out club shows across the USA and a massive multi-leg worldwide tour that saw a reenergized band living up to the title of 'best live band in the world'. It saw an engagement at a signing, the birth of the ?Green Day Puppets?, an awkward first attempt at Facebook live, the discovery of Instagram live, some of the best lyric videos we could ask for, a fabulous David Hasselhoff impression on on Good Morning America, an appearance on the AMAs, singing ?no Trump, no KKK, no fascist USA?, and how can we forget that ?Revolution Radio? plane. The beginning of each era brings the fans back together like we are all attending a Green Day family reunion. The ?Revolution Radio? Era was no exception, it brought old fans back together and welcomed new fans into the family. Check out the thread on our forum to chat about the anniversary. What were your favorite memories from the RevRad era? mehr...



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