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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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American Idiot hits UK Top 25 | Green Day?s politically-charged punk anthem ?American Idiot? has this week hit the UK Top 25 for the first time since its original run in October 2004. The song had been the subject of a social media campaign, which aimed to propel it to the top of the UK singles chart in an effort to protest Donald Trump?s ongoing UK visit. While the campaign failed to achieve its ultimate goal, number 25 is by no means a failure. This is only the song's sixth week in the Top 40, at a time when streaming rules the charts and 14 year-old songs are disadvantaged not only by the nature of streaming itself, but by the algorithm used to calculate official chart positions from it. Add to that the success of the English football team and, as a result, the success of unofficial anthem 'Three Lions', and reaching the Top 25 starts to seem like a rather impressive feat. Indeed, 'American Idiot' was the second most downloaded song of the week, losing out only to the football favourite. The campaign was organized by DJ Jon Morter, a Green Day fan since seeing them in 1994 and the brains behind several similar high-profile campaigns. Speaking to GDA shortly after the charts were announced, Morter told GDA that he had used various British aliases when giving interviews to the mainstream press 'just for a giggle', including the names of English footballers and comedians. When asked how he felt about the final chart position, he told us: "[It feels] Fucking ace to be honest! Look... let's be straight here, on one hand I started this as a bit of a giggle, yet on the other it was part of the 1.8 million British signatures in protest at our weak Prime Minister's offer to Trump of a full UK state visit, something which he clearly hadn't earned. The campaign stayed pretty much under the radar for over a year until the announcement of a date he was coming. Once we had that it was all systems go and the numbers started shooting up. What amused me was the amount of gammon who were commenting how much they hated the campaign, yet they clearly didn't realise how their arguments were only helping our reach even further, so naturally we did all we could to keep them going! Considering we dominated the Amazon Chart (7 slots in the Top 30 including numbers 1 and 2), we topped the Google Chart, and briefly usurped Three Lions on the trending Spotify chart (in fairness we dropped back out of the chart pretty swiftly straight after but that was expected), we're pretty happy. No. 2 on downloads to our unexpected World Cup run is good enough for me!" The song peaked at number three in September 2004, on its initial seven-week stint in the UK Top 100. It then re-entered the charts in summer 2005 for a further eight weeks. This third entry into the Top 100 marks the song's 16th week in the UK charts, though the chances of 'American Idiot' returning for a 17th week remain slim. You can check out Green Day's full UK chart history here. mehr...

UK Fans Campaign to get American Idiot to number 1 in time for Trump?s visit | American President Donald Trump is due to visit the UK on Thursday, something which hasn?t gone unnoticed by those who disagree with his politics. But on top of a giant baby blimp and a massive protest in London, there?s also a campaign to get the appropriately named ?American Idiot? to the top of the UK singles chart. The iconic song, which was released in 2004, peaked at number three in the UK charts, but fans hope it can do two better this time round to really stick it to the US leader. Despite originally being written during the first term of former President George W. Bush, many feel that the song fits even better with Mr Trump and his policies, which include the so-called ?Muslim Ban? and the building of a wall on the USA?s southern border. The idea was first introduced by a Facebook page, which reacted quickly to the news of Mr Trump?s upcoming visit by pointing out that the first full day of his three-and-a-half day trip would coincide perfectly with the Friday announcement of the UK?s top 40 singles. The page suggested that the UK people could use this as a way to show the president just how welcome he really is, an idea which has been enthusiastically received by many. Fans based in the United Kingdom can help get the song to the top of the charts in a number of ways. While we realise that most of you reading GDA will already own the song on at least one format, all versions count towards the chart, so now?s the perfect time to buy the Bullet In a Bible or Awesome As **** live version you've wanted for ages, or the single from the deluxe version of the album, which is only 59p on iTunes right now! And if you already own all of those, you can still contribute to the song's chart position by streaming it on services like Spotify, or by listening on YouTube, though each play on these services has less impact than a single purchase. This week's chart will be calculated from music consumed until 23:59 UK time on Thursday, so all UK streams and purchases between now and then will count. The announcement of the UK Top 40 is then due the following afternoon, and we'll make sure to keep you updated if the song does chart highly. In the meantime, you can keep track of the campaign over in our dedicated forum thread. Do you think the song can make number one? Or is the competition just too tough nowadays? Let us know in the comments! mehr...

Billie Joe and Adrienne share photos celebrating their 24th Anniversary | Happy 24th Anniversary to Billie and Adrienne Armstrong. Married July 2, 1994. Each posted photos on Instagram to mark the anniversary. Happy 24 to this love of mine ?????????? A post shared by Billie Joe Armstrong (@billiejoearmstrong) on Jul 2, 2018 at 9:01am PDT ?always ? A post shared by @ mnnesotagirl on Jul 2, 2018 at 7:08am PDT mehr...

Win a vinyl test pressing of the "Turn It Around: The Story of East Bay Punk" soundtrack | 1-2-3-4 Go! Records are holding a contest for the chance to win a rare vinyl test pressing of the Turn It Around: The Story of East Bay Punk All you have to do is post a photo or video of yourself with a copy of the Turn It Around: The Story of East Bay Punk 2xLP, Blu-ray or tape & tag @1234gorecords & @ebpunxmovie on Twitter by July 15th for the chance to win! 1-2-3-4 Go! Records will also be placing 2 test presses in random orders, so if you haven't ordered yet be sure to order soon for the chance to find one in your package. They are sold out of the cassettes and Mega Combo packs but the vinyl and Blu-Ray/DVD are still available online at 1-2-3-4 Go! Records mehr...

The Longshot "Love Is For Losers" 7" now available at 1-2-3-4 GO! Records | We have some great news for those fans who were not able to attend any of The Longshot shows or those who could only catch the Canadian dates. The Longshot Love Is For Losers 7" picture disc featuring the songs ?Love Is For Losers? and "Taxi Driver," is now available to order online at 1-2-3-4 Go! Records for $9.99 and will begin shipping around July 6th. Before 1-2-3-4 Go! Records stepped in to help the fans the Vinyl had previously only been available to purchase at The Longshot shows (with the exception of the Canadian dates) or if you wanted to spend waaaay too much money and pick up a copy on eBay. If you have not yet picked up a copy of Turn It Around: The Story of East Bay now is a great time to order both and save on shipping. mehr...

Preorder "Turn It Around: The Story of East Bay Punk" | This week, it was announced that the Green Day co-produced documentary Turn It Around: The Story of East Bay Punk will be released on Blu Ray and DVD on June 22nd 2018. The film, which made its debut in theatres across North America last summer, is narrated by Iggy Pop and tells the story of the San Francisco Bay Area punk music scene of the 1970s, '80s and '90s. In addition to the full-length theatrical cut of the film, the Blu Ray+DVD combo pack will feature five deleted scenes 'and more'. You can read more about the release on the 1-2-3-4 Go! Records site. A 90 minute soundtrack is set to be released alongside the documentary. Available on both vinyl and cassette, the compilation features 35 rare, unreleased or out-of-print tracks from bands including Green Day, Sweet Children, Rancid and Pinhead Gunpowder. The limited edition double LP will be pressed on yellow gold vinyl, while the 2x cassette version - which is limited to just 600 copies - features the first official repressing of Aaron Cometbus's Lest We Forget, featuring rare demos, rehearsal and live tapes, which was originally released on his BBT Tapes label in 1991. The documentary and its soundtrack are available to preorder now from 1-2-3-4 Go! Records, either individually or in a variety of bundles. You can even get your hands on everything being released for less than $50! Proceeds from sales of the soundtrack will be donated to the Women's Daytime Drop-In Center, a non-profit program in Berkeley, CA providing services and support to homeless women and children. For more information, full track lists and to preorder, head to http://1234gorecords.com/news/2018/6/5/turn-it-around-the-story-of-east-bay-punk. Will you be ordering the film, are you more excited about the soundtrack, or will you be getting the full bundle? Let us know in the comments, and head to our forum to discuss the release with other fans. mehr...

Additional Longshot/Billie Joe demos, covers now available at music stores, streaming services | A few weeks ago, Billie Joe released 11 previously unheard demos and covers that spanned several projects including The Longshot, These Paper Bullets, and Ordinary World. Since their release, the songs have been a SoundCloud-exclusive. Today, however, the tracks are available in digital stores and on streaming services. Under the Longshot moniker, there are three singles and EPs: Return to Sender, Razor Baby, and Bullets. Return to Sender (covers) 1. So Sad About Us (The Who) 2. Can't Make It On Time (Ramones) 3. As Tears Go By (Rolling Stones) 4. Million Miles Away (Plimsouls) 5. I Am A Rock (Paul Simon) Razor Baby (mostly originals) 1. Fever Blister 2. Razor Baby 3. I've Got Problems 4. Southern Girls (Cheap Trick cover) Bullets (recorded for These Paper Bullets musical) 1. Give It All To You 2. Keep Me Satisfied The purchase or stream the songs, visit The Longshot artist page on iTunes/Apple Music, Google Play, and JunoDownload. The songs are slowly rolling out on Spotify and are not yet available through Amazon. Also recently available for purchase and streaming is the song "Devil's Kind", originally from Ordinary World. That can be purchased/stream from iTunes/Apple Music, Google Play, Spotify, Amazon, JunoDownload. We recently put up a poll asking our visitors what their favorite song from The Longshot's album Love Is for Losers is. The top three are "Love is for Losers", "The Last time", and "Turn Me Loose". mehr...



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