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.
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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| Over the month of June, Schroom Custom Guitar Works in Northern California has been working on a guitar project for Billie Joe.
The custom work guitar shop, owned by Tony Schroom, took in a 1954 Les Paul Junior from Billie Joe with the intent to strip down and refinish the guitar with a sparkly gold and sunburst color scheme. Let's just say Tony delivered. Check out the awesome finish job in the Instagram post below.
"This junior is done! Billie wanted a heavy relic, but we all decided it looked so good I went very moderate with it. Some chips, dings a little arm wear but well cared for 54 junior. Lots of finish checking though. This guitar sounds great, sustain for days."
A photo posted by Tony Schroom (@schroomcustomguitarworks) on Jun 27, 2016 at 5:23pm PDT
In a post earlier this month (since deleted), Schroom mentioned that Billie Joe wanted (read: needed) the guitar by the "end of June," sparking a discussion on our community forum as to why. Having the guitar by the end of June lines up nicely with the rumor going around that Green Day wants to start rehearsals in July for an upcoming tour in Fall.
See more photos from Schroom's Instagram account below for a timeline of the progress on the guitar's finish.
A photo posted by Tony Schroom (@schroomcustomguitarworks) on Jun 27, 2016 at 5:38pm PDT
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| Billboard recently speculated about whether or not a new album from Green Day could go on to be a big success. The author also highlighted what they'd like to see from the band.
"Billie Joe Armstrong welcomed 2016 by saying he wanted to ?destroy the phrase ?pop-punk? forever." Green Day has been hinting a new studio album is in the works for several months -- but is this the right time for a complete remodel of the 30-year-old band?
The band is at a career crossroads. It?s tough enough following up one underperforming album, but across 2012?s last four months, Green Day hit us with three LPs, all of which sold well below the band?s usual standard. ¡Uno! dropped that September and its punchy, back-to-basics singles ?Oh Love? and ?Let Yourself Go? were greeted with cautiously warm reviews and solid airplay on both rock and alternative radio. It all seemed like a polite return to form following the bombast of 2009?s 21st Century Breakdown. But it hardly seemed the masses were clamoring for 25 more Green Day songs, which is exactly what the band gave them over the rest of that calendar year. To date, ¡Uno!, ¡Dos! and ¡Tré! have sold 667,000 copies combined, a far cry from 21st Century Breakdown?s 1.1 million. "
I'm not sure if any other place has listed album sales for the trilogy to date. I'm surprised how low they are for the three albums. We all knew they didn't do well, but still, damn.
"After issuing a hits collection, a b-sides collection, and having a set of new recordings stolen, they finally composed American Idiot, which went on to give their career a massive second wind. That iconic 2004 album turned a whole new group of younger listeners onto the veteran band; on paper, a repeat performance of the American Idiot revival seems like the mark to shoot for.
But could the music industry in 2016 support another American Idiot? Twelve years ago, Green Day might have been flailing, but hits from Blink-182, Simple Plan and Yellowcard made sure pop-punk guitars were a frequent guest on top 40 radio. On today?s dial -- despite 5 Seconds of Summer?s best efforts -- this sound is almost completely gone. Green Day could deliver what sounds like another classic, but it?s hard to imagine mainstream culture coming up with the space to hold it.
They?ve dodged the ?legacy act? burden once before and to do it again, they?ll have to craft a different sort of album. Shooting for the stars with another American Idiot is likely to land them somewhere near ¡Tré! territory, and as odious as Trump is, the Rock Against Bush look has aged about as well our memories of John Kerry?s campaign. Billie Joe could look inward, and find inspiration in his struggle for sobriety, which dogged him throughout the trilogy rollout and led to a stint in rehab. A grittier pop-punk sound that still maintains Green Day?s syrupy hooks would do them well.
Billie Joe won?t need to destroy pop-punk, but he will need to make it sound meaningful."
This is something I've thought about as well. You don't hear nearly the same amount of rock music on the radio as you did 10 years ago. At least, not alongside the largest pop hits in the mainstream. But I'm not one to write the genre off. And I do honestly believe that if anyone can make people pay attention to good rock music again it's Green Day.
One of Green Day's greatest strengths is Billie Joe's songwriting. It can be catchy but still meaningful. It can be personal and relatable. I feel like a lot of those qualities were missing in the trilogy, but just as people were willing to write Green Day off before American Idiot, it's easy for people to do that now. I'm really excited too see what direction they go in next, and I have my fingers crossed that it's something that blows the doors off expectations.
Go read the full article over on Billboard.com mehr...
| Not every song by every great band can be amazing, and About.com's Rock Music section listed the "occasional misstep" by 10 'Great Rock Artists' and in there included Green Day's "Warning"
"Green Day's title track and first single from 2000's Warning album marks the band's first steps towards politically charged lyrics which were used to better affect on their American Idiot album. ?Warning? repeats the same 4 chord riff throughout the entire song. The song sounds like it was written and recorded in about 20 minutes, which isn?t always a good thing. The song "Warning" did not crack the Billboard Hot 100 chart but neither did any of Green Day's first 20 singles until "American Idiot" hit No. 61 in 2004. "
Of all Green Day songs they picked "Warning"? For gods sake there's always "Last Ride In". Even if the music itself on "Warning" is simplistic, many great Green Day songs are, and the lyrics aren't trite. Either way, you can check out the full list on About.com where they also included songs like the Red Hot Chili Peppers "Warped" and Weezer's "Beverly Hills".
Plus, the "Warning" video is pretty good.
Triple M, an Australian rock music radio station, has posted an article on their website stating that Billie Joe has began work with a new band.
The station is basing their belief on a recent Instagram post by Billie Joe in which he writes "#mynewband keep rocking."
"Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong has revealed his working with a new band in a very subtle way. The punk singer, who has fronted Green Day since the 90s took to his personal instagram and announced he is working with a new band simply by hash tagging #newband in this latest post."
Now, if you've been following Billie Joe's posts recently, you'll know that this is far from the truth and he's actually encouraging others to start a band and be heard with their music. See his original post here.
Triple M goes on to question Green Day's future, even though all they had to do was look at his other recent posts to get a context of what he was talking about.
"After a series of rehab visits, strange antics on-stage and cancelled events, Green Day fans have been left in the dark as to the future of the beloved punk band. Now the question is who is Bille Joe working with? He was once asked to join American punk band Rancid, now they?re constantly touring again has he finally said yes? Keep your eyes peeled."
You can read the full article here.
Our in house Aussie (Liam) swears the station is a reputable news source, so it's a little concerning to see Billie Joe's words twisted this way.
Triple M: We can assure you that Billie Joe is very much still with Green Day and you can look for them coming soon, according to rumors.
That is all for this month's WTF article. Carry on with your day. mehr...
| Art Director and Graphic Designer Doug Dean has started up a #30GreenDays campaign in which the artist is creating a visual representation of 30 Green Day songs every day this month.
Doug is using the campaign as a creative pitch to Green Day themselves with the goal to design the band's next album artwork.
Check out Doug's first eight creations in the image below and be sure to follow his posts on his website 30GreenDays.com. You can also check out the artwork on his Instagram page and by using the hashtag #30GreenDays.
Doug has posted a message on our forum, Green Day Community, thanking everyone for the support and a little more information about the project. Check out the post here.
What do you think of the artwork so far? Let us know in the comments and be sure to share on social networks if you like it.
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1. a social media tag used by the members of Green Day that could (or could not) mean one of the following:
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| Hi Speed Horns, a company that helps artists add horned instruments to their music projects, has posted a photo on their Facebook page with the caption "Recording for the new Green Day album!"
The photo shows Ronnie Blake, founder of Hi Speed Horns, playing a trumpet in what appears to be a recording room. Ronnie is a former touring musician with Green Day and was with the band during their American Idiot world tour. You can find Ronnie in Bullet in a Bible during "King for a Day," among other tracks.
Check out the photo below or on the their Facebook page here.
As we've stated previously, the band is currently recording (if not near the end of recording) their next studio album, which is anticipated to be released this fall. Everything we know about the new album can be found here.
Thanks to Megan Rumbaugh for sending this news in mehr...
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