Day is comprised
of lead singer, Billie Joe Armstrong, (born February 17, 1972
in Rodeo, California) Mike Dirnt (born Michael Pritchard on May
4, 1972 in Berkley, California), and Tré Cool (born Frank
Edwin Wright III on December 9, 1972 in Willits, California).
still in their teens, Armstrong and Dirnt formed the beginnings
of Green Day with a band called The Sweet Children, later assuming
their current name in the late 80's after a song written by the
band (a "green day" is a day spent smoking marijuana).
They were later joined by Tré Cool in 1991 with the departure
of original band member, Al Sobrante, and began to tour nationally
while recording under the punk label, Lookout! Records.
signing with the Reprise label, Green Day released their breakthrough
Dookie in 1994 when MTV began devoting heavy air time to
the album's related hits such as Welcome to Paradise.
same year, the band also made headlines with a live performance
at the '94 Woodstock festival, spawning a genuine moment in the
history of punk rock - a mud-flinging contest between band and
then, Green Day has released several more albums - Insomniac
in 1995, Nimrod in 1997 and Warning in 2000 - but
all never reached the success of their first album until the much-awaited
American Idiot, for which the band won a 2005 Grammy
Award for Best Rock Album.
anti-war anthem Wake Me Up When September Ends later become
a theme associated with Hurricane Katrina fund raising events.
The song was nominated for Best Rock Video at the 2006
MTV Video Music Awards, following a total of seven Green Day VMA
wins the year before.
Their next hit single and video, "Know Your Enemy" was from
their album, 21st
Century Breakdown, an 18-song rock opera released
on May 15, 2009. In
conjuction with the release of their eigth album, the band also
announced a nationwide tour kicking off in Seattle,
Washington in July later heading to UK and European venues.
In March 2011, the band released a compilation DVD, "Awesome As F**k" covering the group's live concert performances of their most recent greatest hits and fan favorites.
In 2012, the band released a trilogy of albums entitled ˇUno!, ˇDos!, and ˇTré!. The first album hit shelves in September, the second in November, and the third in December.
More about Green Day around the Web:
Day - The official site, featuring the latest news and
tour information, video and audio clips, a picture gallery of
live and TV performances, wallpapers, Windows icons, ringtones,
fan club details and related links.
- The Official Fan Site - Huge community offering the
latest postings on live and TV appearances, recent chart positions,
tour schedule info, messageboard and chat room, picture galleries,
video and audio clips, lyrics, band history and biographies, Green
Day factoids and trivia, an online store and related links to
media sitings and magazine articles.
Green Day Authority - Loyal fan base with constant updates,
a comprehensive archive of Green Day facts and trivia, band member
biographies, quotes, picture gallery, awards list, song meanings,
video and audio clips, tour dates and upcoming TV appearances,
Day - Wikipedia - The complete hyperlinked history of
the band with discography, downloadable sample of Basket Case,
and a good collection of related resources.