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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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The Coverups, a cover band featuring Green Day members, played Monday night | A newly-formed band called "The Coverups" played their debut show last night in Albany, California to a small crowd. The Coverups features many Green Day members including Billie Joe on vocals and guitar, Mike Dirnt on guitar and vocals, and Jason White on guitar and vocals. Also in the band on bass is long-time Green Day tech and manager Bill Schneider. Finally, on drums is Green Day's audio engineer Chris Dugan. The band ripped through over a dozen covers of popular songs from the mid-to-late 1900s such as "Dancing With Myself", "I Fought the Law", "Ziggy Stardust", and many more. Check out "I Fought the Law" below and be sure to check out this YouTube channel for more videos from the show. Many details about The Coverups is unknown at this time but they do have an Instagram account you can follow. mehr...

Green Day tour stops rated some of 2017's best | Green Day's Revolution Radio Tour is now complete. Billie Joe reflected on 2017 and this era of the band on Instagram: Before any resolutions a gratitude list is in order for 2017. From Hyde park to Wrigley .. From rough trade records to Argentina. From 1987 to 2017. I?m so happy to play with my best friends. I?m so grateful for my family and friends. Here?s to one of the best years ever for Green Day.. and 2018 Idiot Nation forever!! #siamoancoravivi !!#stillbreathing !! A post shared by Billie Joe Armstrong (@billiejoearmstrong) on Jan 1, 2018 at 2:08pm PST Since it began in September 2016, Green Day have played seven tour legs all over the world, covering North America, Europe, Australia/New Zealand and most recently, South America. Over 100 dates included some amazing shows that were rated as some of the top concerts of the year. Many local publications in different areas shared rave reviews of Green Day's tour stops: Tampa Bay, FL: "How it's taken me more than 20 years to finally see Green Day, I couldn't possibly tell you. But I was not expecting anything close to the epic, career-spanning spectacle of a show they delivered." ? Jay Cridlin, Tampa Bay Times Cleveland, OH: "I personally have never seen a bad Green Day show, and I?ve seen a LOT of them... The fellas combine energy, catchy songs and top-notch musicianship at a level most artists can only dream of achieving." ? Chuck Yarborough, Cleveland.com Atlanta, GA: "Playing Atlanta for the first time since 2010, the trio of Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt and Tre Cool slashed through 2 ½-hours of kinetic rock splashed with a still-relevant punky attitude and more melodies than might have been expected." ? Melissa Ruggieri, Atlanta Journal-Constitution Pittsburgh, PA: "Still proudly waving the punk-rock banner, the Bay Area band consistently puts on as entertaining a show as anybody... Armstrong refreshingly encouraged fans to focus on the positive, not divisive politics, and insisted they take a break from snapping selfies or shaky-handed concert videos to truly watch the show." ? Scott Tady, Beaver County Times Omaha, NE: "Every other touring band should get tickets to see Green Day, watch the show and take notes. That's how you do a rock show. It can be tough to get the energy going in a cavernous arena, but frontman Billie Joe Armstrong whipped the place up with his first smoking guitar chords." ? Kevin Coffey, Omaha World-Herald I went to that Omaha show back in August, as did J'net, who some readers may know from Green Day Community or her various event recaps on our site. The show itself did not disappoint whatsoever, but the interview J'net did with the band for GDA prior to the show was even cooler. Check it out here. Lastly, Billboard.com presented some ridiculous statistics about the business performance of the Revolution Radio Tour. The most recent leg that included dates all over South America grossed $6.2 million and boasted 90,000 individual ticket sales. As for the entire 14-month tour: "The tour included over 100 headlining dates at both indoor and outdoor venues, along with a host of festival appearances primarily in Europe this past summer. About 65% of the shows worldwide were reported to Billboard Boxscore by promoters and venues, so based on show averages from reported concerts, the estimated overall gross for the tour falls in the $70 million range from about 1.2 million sold tickets." Wow. What a great couple of years for Green Day, right? Thanks to jengd for sharing some of these links in the Green Day Community. mehr...

Billie Joe tells Trump-supporting followers to "fuck off" | News outlets are reporting on Billie Joe's comments he made to some Instagram followers about Donald Trump. It started when Billie Joe posted on instagram with #impeachtrump "This isn?t funny. This is our president acting like a madman drunk on power THREATENING to kill innocent starving people by way of nuclear war. The 25th amendment needs to be enforced. This man is sick and unfit for office. I don?t care if your liberal or conservative.. this has to stop . Please share #impeachtrump" Some people thought that was a good time to tell Billie Joe that it's ok for some people to support him. Billie Joe, understandbly, didn't reply in-kind. "go fuck yourself you fucking keyboard coward. You don't know what the fuck you're talking about. No one is coming for you you paranoid fool. This is your president making threats of mass destruction. Wake up or get the fuck off my Instagram" "well then go fuck your self you stupid piece of shit. If that's the way you feel about mass destruction and murder then fuck off. Stay the fuck off my Instagram and don't come back. Don't listen to my fucking records. I have no problem telling ignorant fucks like you to go to hell. That goes for any other stupid fucks that thinks this behavior should be normalized. Get the fuck out!"" Mike posted a tweet echoing Billie Joe's original comments on Trump WTF...I can kill more innocent people than you!What a dickless piece of shit!#TakeAwayDonsTwitter pic.twitter.com/G1ww0kcHOK? Mike Dirnt (@MikeDirnt) January 3, 2018 In case anyone forgot, this was in their performance at the AMAs right after Trump's election. Original story from Billboard.com. Thanks to our community members for the screenshots who shared them on the Green Day Community forum. mehr...

Behind the Scenes Video of Billie Joe with Kat Von D | Kat Von D and Billie Joe teamed up to release their own brand of eyeliner, called Basket Case. It comes out this Friday, January 5th. It was announced back in November. Check out this behind the scenes video that talks more about the product. mehr...

Billie Joe's New Year Message | Billie Joe posted the below message on Instagram to celebrate the New Year "Before any resolutions a gratitude list is in order for 2017. From Hyde park to Wrigley .. From rough trade records to Argentina. From 1987 to 2017. I?m so happy to play with my best friends. I?m so grateful for my family and friends. Here?s to one of the best years ever for Green Day.. and 2018 Idiot Nation forever!! #siamoancoravivi !!#stillbreathing !!" Before any resolutions a gratitude list is in order for 2017. From Hyde park to Wrigley .. From rough trade records to Argentina. From 1987 to 2017. I?m so happy to play with my best friends. I?m so grateful for my family and friends. Here?s to one of the best years ever for Green Day.. and 2018 Idiot Nation forever!! #siamoancoravivi !!#stillbreathing !! A post shared by Billie Joe Armstrong (@billiejoearmstrong) on Jan 1, 2018 at 2:08pm PST mehr...

Billie Joe's message to "young rock n rollers" | Dear young rock n rollers. Be brave. Be tough. Spit your anger. Piss people off. Don?t be normal. Don?t be trendy. Be loud. Live out loud. Cuss . Swear. Be offensive. Tell the truth. YOUR truth. Fuck authority. Spray paint the walls with your song titles. Be dirty. Smash glass. Make a statement. Don?t be a wimp. Don?t be a follower. Unhinged. We need more young rebel heroes with loud guitars. #andywarholmuseum A post shared by Billie Joe Armstrong (@billiejoearmstrong) on Dec 28, 2017 at 3:12pm PST "Eear young rock n rollers. Be brave. Be tough. Spit your anger. Piss people off. Don?t be normal. Don?t be trendy. Be loud. Live out loud. Cuss . Swear. Be offensive. Tell the truth. YOUR truth. Fuck authority. Spray paint the walls with your song titles. Be dirty. Smash glass. Make a statement. Don?t be a wimp. Don?t be a follower. Unhinged. We need more young rebel heroes with loud guitars. #andywarholmuseum" mehr...



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