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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: Billie Joe and Joey Armstrong featured on Matt? Grocott & The ?Shrives' new EP | Today, a UK band called Matt Grocott & The Shrives released a new single, "Turn Me On." The single and its parent album were recorded at Oakland's Jingletown Studios in March of 2014, and mixed by resident engineer Chris Dugan. Billie Joe produced the album and played bass, and his son Joey Armstrong (Emily's Army) played drums. The rest of the album will be released in October, but you can listen to and download "Turn Me On" for free via SoundCloud: If you like, you can also listen to some of Matt Grocott's other demos on SoundCloud, some of which may be appearing in finished form on the EP. This sounds like an awesome project, check back here for further release details later on! Also, follow Matt and the band on Twitter and visit his website for more details. mehr...

Tre Cool as 'Bjorn Roarkson' fliming a music video with Dead Mermaids. EP out mid-October? | Alright, I'm still trying to get my head around this - so bear with me. A couple photos of Tre were recently posted on Instagram with the following caption: "And that's wrap! A fun yesterday with the Icelandic death metal band the #DeadMermaids featuring "Bjorn Roarkson" drums & vocals, the "Halibut" lead guitar & the "Silverfish" on bass is in the can. The video for their single "My Fish" from their self-titled debut EP will be out in mid-October!" Then "Bjorn" showed up at a Yoga class: Someone on GDC pointed out the story of Bjorn Roarkson was actually part of this promotional video for SJC Drums: And final clue I have is that the above video was posted September 18th on the site RoavingRoark.com with the title "BJORN B ROARKSON" and tagged under "Dead Mermaids". Roark appears to be a clothing line with some creativity behind it. Here's part of their "About Us" "The line is derivative of Roark's experiences, consisting of images, thoughts and trinkets collected along the course of his adventures. They are the artifacts of his experience. " So there you go. Now you know everything I do. Feel free to piece your own theories together in the comments below. mehr...

Featured eBay Item: 39/Smooth vinyl test pressing | Prior to mass production of vinyl, test pressings are done to ensure that the record turns out as it should. They are rare to come across, and our featured eBay item certainly fits the bill: a test press of Green Day's first full album, 39/Smooth. Test pressings of early Green Day records have sold for over $1,000 in the past...and this one has only been bid to $82 so far, though the reserve price hasn't been met. Most collectors don't even have test pressings like this. If you're a collector, bid on it while you have the chance! Time Left: mehr...

Why is 'American Idiot' treasured by so many people? | Today marks the 10th anniversary of the United States release of Green Day's 'American Idiot,' the GRAMMY® Award-winning multi-platinum 2004 album. I'm going to attempt to paint a picture of American Idiot, Green Day's now decade-old landmark album, that you won't find amidst the other reviews coming out to mark the anniversary of its release. Rolling Stone, Billboard, and other music news outlets are commemorating the record by showering it with praise, and rightly so. They lovingly detail the album's format, the enigmatic yet mischievous characters of St. Jimmy and Whatsername, and the sheer brilliance of the all-out musical assault that drives each track. Of course, no one will dispute that these aspects of American Idiot do indeed contribute to our devotion. Still, with firsthand knowledge of the undying passion that Green Day fans have for their band, I find yet another facet of the album's success to be the most captivating. I was eight years old (an elementary school student) when American Idiot came out. I remember being hooked in by the radio standards like "Holiday," "Wake Me Up When September Ends," and of course, the kick-drum-fueled first single, "American Idiot." I found my way to a store to buy the album, which was promptly confiscated by my parents. Like so many other protective parents around the world, they were understandably off-put by the black and white "Parental Advisory" sticker plastered onto the front cover of each copy. I took to iTunes and bought the five or six tracks that I had already grown to love. Amongst all of my other peers in the third grade, the album was a smash hit. I distinctly recall the morning after Green Day's tour stop in my city, when at least a third of my class ranted about how great the show was, and I was left wishing I'd been able to attend. When a girl brought the album booklet to school and flaunted her knowledge of some of the more indecent lyrics, I overheard. We spent multiple recess periods loudly chanting the bridge of "Holiday," and became friends... she remains my best friend to this day, after ten years. Mind you, these personal remembrances and anecdotes are not, by any means, meant to convince you of the album's measureless charm. When casual music-listeners are asked what they think of Green Day, many will say something like, "Oh, man, 'American Idiot'...that really takes me back to [insert phase of speaker's life here]." It really is utterly phenomenal when you step back to think about the vast section of the populous that American Idiot not only reached but, ultimately, captivated and touched. An album that, first, gets enough popular attention to reach the masses and, second, is meaningful and deep enough to have an emotional effect on each listener is a bona fide rarity. There are many people who will solemnly reveal that the album saved their lives -- it allowed them to better internalize the unfortunate parts of existence that had previously tormented them, and to empathize with the triumphs and downfalls of Whatsername and the infamous St. Jimmy. The simple point is that American Idiot is undoubtedly far more than the sum of its parts. The thirteen songs that brought Green Day back into the ears of the mainstream made fans out of everyone from soccer moms to lawyers and doctors, and avid devotees out of casual fans. Billie Joe Armstrong has often attested to the fact that, following the release of musical mainstays like Dookie and American Idiot, the album ceases to belong to the band, and is taken in by each fan who embraces it. The songs he wrote are now intertwined within the lives, memories, and minds of the audience. This attribute is what separates good albums from monumental albums, and is the reason that we still sing the praises of American Idiot today. mehr...

Mike's heartfelt Instagram tribute to 'American Idiot' and fans | With this Sunday being the tenth anniversary of one of Green Day's biggest albums, American Idiot, Mike Dirnt posted a photo of a handwritten note with his feelings about the record to his Instagram account. Here's the full text of the note: "This morning I listened to American Idiot for the first time in a few years. As tears ran down my face I reflected on how much this band, this life, my family, and all of you [fans] mean to me. Then I broke a window in my own house and went out for coffee! I don't look backwards very often, and when I do it makes me want to move forward at break neck speed! RAGE & LOVE" He also captioned the photo: "I'm sure you can relate! Lol #iNeededThat! #CantWaitForTomorrow!" We aren't sure if that last hashtag foreshadows something that may be happening tomorrow, or if he mixed up the date of the anniversary to one day earlier than it is. I guess we'll wait and see! Either way, it is definitely great to see that Mike and the rest of the band recognize and appreciate what American Idiot means to fans, and what it is musically. Check back here tomorrow and Sunday for any news developments involving the anniversary, and our thoughts on the album! mehr...

All of Adeline Records' Green Day vinyl discounted for 24 hours | Adeline Records posted on Facebook today that it will be discounting all the Green Day vinyl in its online store for 24 hours. This includes the majority of Green Day's albums, spare a small handful, and a couple of Adeline releases from other bands. Some records are discounted at 25% off or more, so act quickly! Based on the time of Adeline's post, it looks like the sale will end at around 2pm EST tomorrow. Visit the Adeline Records online store to view and purchase vinyl! mehr...

Billie Joe to honor Joan Jett at 'Little Kids Rock' gala in NYC October 23rd | Billie Joe will be part of the Little Kids Rock gala honoring Joan Jett next month in New York City. The annual benefit helps to raise money for the Little Kids Rock charity, which provides music education in public schools across the US. Other musicians listed alongside Billie Joe are: Alice Cooper, Tommy James, Jake Clemons, Darlene Love, Brody Dalle, Glen Hansard, and of the course, the honoree, Joan Jett. The benefit will take place October 23rd at The Manhatten Center in New York City. More info about the charity and this benefit can be found at littlekidsrock.org. Tickets for the charity benefit range from $1,000 to $100,000. mehr...



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