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Green Day
(L–R): Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt, and Tré Cool performing in June 2022
(L–R): Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt, and Tré Cool performing in June 2022
Background information
Also known as
  • Blood Rage (1987)[1]
  • Sweet Children (1987–1989, 2015)
  • Blair Hess (1993)[2]
OriginRodeo, California[3]
Genres
  • Punk rock
  • pop-punk
  • alternative rock
  • skate punk
  • power pop
Discography
  • Discography
  • songs
Years active1987–present
Labels
  • Lookout
  • Reprise
  • Epitaph[4]
  • Warner
Spinoffs
  • Pinhead Gunpowder
  • The Network
  • Foxboro Hot Tubs
  • The Coverups
  • The Longshot
Members
  • Billie Joe Armstrong
  • Mike Dirnt
  • Tré Cool
Past members
  • Raj Punjabi
  • Sean Hughes
  • John Kiffmeyer
Websitegreenday.com

Green Day is an American rock band formed in Rodeo, California in 1987 by lead vocalist and guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong and bassist and backing vocalist Mike Dirnt, with drummer Tré Cool joining in 1990. In 1994, their major-label debut Dookie, released through Reprise Records, became a breakout success and eventually shipped over 10 million copies in the U.S. Alongside fellow California punk bands Bad Religion, the Offspring, Rancid, NOFX, Pennywise and Social Distortion, Green Day is credited with popularizing mainstream interest in punk rock in the U.S.

Before taking its current name in 1989, the band was named Blood Rage, then Sweet Children. They were part of the late 1980s/early 1990s Bay Area punk scene that emerged from the 924 Gilman Street club in Berkeley, California. The band's early releases were with the independent record label Lookout! Records including their first album, 39/Smooth (1990). For most of the band's career, they have been a power trio[5] with Cool, who replaced John Kiffmeyer in 1990 before the recording of the band's second studio album, Kerplunk (1991). Though the albums Insomniac (1995), Nimrod (1997) and Warning (2000) did not match the success of Dookie, they were still successful, with Insomniac and Nimrod reaching double platinum status, while Warning achieved gold. Green Day's seventh album, a rock opera called American Idiot (2004), found popularity with a younger generation, selling six million copies in the U.S. Their next album, 21st Century Breakdown, was released in 2009 and achieved the band's best chart performance. It was followed by a trilogy of albums, ¡Uno!, ¡Dos!, and ¡Tré!, released in September, November, and December 2012, respectively. The trilogy did not perform as well as expected commercially, in comparison to their previous albums, largely due to a lack of promotion and Armstrong entering rehab. They were followed by Revolution Radio (2016), which became their third to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, Father of All Motherfuckers (2020) and Saviors (2024).

In 2010, a stage adaptation of American Idiot debuted on Broadway. The musical was nominated for three Tony Awards: Best Musical, Best Scenic Design and Best Lighting Design, winning the latter two. The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2015, their first year of eligibility. Members of the band have collaborated on the side projects Pinhead Gunpowder, The Network, Foxboro Hot Tubs, The Longshot and The Coverups. They have also worked on solo careers.

Green Day has sold roughly 75 million records worldwide as of 2024,[6] making them one of the best-selling music artists. The group has been nominated for 20 Grammy Awards and won five of them, with Best Alternative Album for Dookie, Best Rock Album for American Idiot and 21st Century Breakdown, Record of the Year for "Boulevard of Broken Dreams", and Best Musical Show Album for American Idiot: The Original Broadway Cast Recording.

  1. ^ "YouTube". YouTube. September 21, 2023. Retrieved September 26, 2023.
  2. ^ Ozzi, Dan (2021). Sellout: The Major-Label Feeding Frenzy That Swept Punk, Emo, and Hardcore (1994-2007). HarperCollins Publishers. p. 19. ISBN 9780358244301. Archived from the original on April 4, 2023. Retrieved December 29, 2022.
  3. ^ Dookie 30th Anniversary Color Vinyl Box Set (liner notes). Green Day. Los Angeles, California: Reprise Records. 2023. 093624862789. Childhood friends Billie Joe Armstrong and Mike Dirnt (née Pritchard) started what would become Green Day in 1987 in Rodeo, a small refinery town in Northern California's Contra Costa County.{{cite AV media notes}}: CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
  4. ^ "Green Day - Kerplunk!". Epitaph Records. Archived from the original on September 16, 2008. Retrieved January 26, 2023.
  5. ^ Waldman, Scott (March 8, 2021). "21 Northern Californian artists who have influenced AFI's Hunter Burgan". Alternative Press. Archived from the original on July 5, 2022. Retrieved July 3, 2022.
  6. ^ Cite error: The named reference Green_Day_Biggest_Hits_2024 was invoked but never defined (see the help page).

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