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Billie Joe




Green Day all started with members Billie Joe Armstrong (Guitar + Vocals) and Mike Dirnt (Bass guitar + Back-up vocals) who met when they were just 10 years old. In 1987, they formed their first band, called The Sweet Children. The name didn't stick and in 1989 it was changed to Green Day. They added a drummer to the band named John Kiffmeyer, a.k.a. Al Sobrante. Soon after a record deal followed with Lookout! Records. They released their first EP, "1,000 Hours," later that same year.

In 1990, Green Day released their first album, "1,039 Smoothed Out, Slappy Hours". However, not long after its release, John decided to leave the band to go to college and pursue other goals. It didn't take long to find a permanent drummer: Tre Cool (real name Frank Edwin Wright III). The guys spent months on tour and when they finished, they released their second album in 1992, "Kerplunk."

Green Day was getting a large fan base from all the touring they had been doing. They realized that they needed to find another label, so they left Lookout Records and soon after signed with Reprise in April of 1993. They went to work on their third album, which would prove to be one of the most popular rock albums ever - "Dookie." It was released in February of 1994 and sold over a million copies in just a few months. "Welcome to Paradise" and "Basketcase" got tons of radioplay and MTV video promotion, therefore boosting the band's popularity and record sales. However, Former dedicated fans who relished in the punk power glory of Green Day were treated a major let-down with the release of Dookie. They felt their three chord fast-timing songs were being sugar coated therefore leading to their violent outrage towards the band.

That same year, Green Day played both Lollapalooza and Woodstock '94. When Billie Joe told people to throw a little mud onto the stage during Woodstock, possibly one of the largest mudfights ever took place.

In the summer of 1995, the guys recorded "J.A.R. (Jason Andrew Relva)" for the major motion picture "Angus" soundtrack. Later in 1995, their fourth album, "Insomniac," was released. Although it didn't beat "Dookie's" record sales, it still did well. Billie Joe has said that the album is named "Insomniac" due to the fact that he had become a father that year and had many sleepless nights with his son.

The guys took a well deserved break soon after touring to promote "Insomniac." They relaxed by heading back to the studios to write and record for their next album, "Nimrod," released in October of 1997. "Nimrod" was a successful album with its singles "Nice Guys Finish Last" and "Hitchin' a Ride," but it also included possibly one of the most meaningful songs, "Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)". It was used in many tv shows that year, such as the final episode of "Seinfeld" and a few particularly sad episodes of "E.R." where a young boy loved the song and when he passed away from cancer, it was played at his funeral. This hit was also a hommage to the former fans who had previously turned on them - adding insult to injury to those fans. Not only was the single a middle finger salute to them but it also captured the rock world's attention, making the single a #1 radio hit and music video.

Green Day toured to promote "Nimrod," but then practically disappeared from all media for a few years. The guys were hard at work in the studio working on their next album, "Warning:" The album was yet another success for the band. Singles released included, "Minority," "Warning," and "Waiting." The song, "Blood, Sex, and Booze" was also included in the "Freddy Got Fingered" movie starring Tom Green. Again, the guys took about a year's break before the next album was released.

The band then decided to expreiment with something completely new to them, and in 2001 released a greatest hits album.

"International Superhits" included 19 of their best singles and 2 new songs, "Maria" and "Poprocks and Coke." A DVD was also released, "International Supervideos," which includes all their best music videos- a must have for and Green Day fan.

In the spring of 2002, rumors started flying that Green Day would be touring with Blink-182. The rumors proved to be true when both bands called in on TRL one day to confirm that the tour was going down that very summer. 2002 also brought another new release for Green Day, something else they had never done before - an album of B-Sides, Covers, and other never before released songs. The album was entitled "Shenanigans," and was well received by Green Day fans. It included a song entitled, "Espionage," an instrumental number included on the "Austin Powers in : Goldmember" soundtrack.

Green Day fans now anxiously await the release of their next studio album!

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