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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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Chris Dugan interviewed on 'Working Class Audio' podcast about his start with Green Day | Green Day team member Chris Dugan was recently interviewed on the podcast Working Class Audio Session with recording and mixing engineer Matt Boudreau. The Chief Engineer of Jingletown Studios (Green Day's studio) talked with Matt about his start and history in audio, how he got involved with Green Day, and much more. Us fans got to know about Chris starting with Foxboro Hot Tubs' Stop Drop and Roll in 2007 and 2008, continuing on to 21st Century Breakdown and the ¡UNO! ¡DOS! ¡TRÉ! trilogy. However, as Chris explains in the interview, he got his start much earlier with the band. Take a listen to the podcast over on Working Class Audio's website by clicking here - something I highly recommend in addition to reading our overview below. In the early 2000s, Billie Joe had built his own home studio and needed an engineer to help record bands. Billie Joe asked Bill Schneider if he could find him an engineer. Through the band The Influents (Jason White, Bill Schneider, and others), Bill knew Willie Samuels who is a friend and business parter with Chris at Nu-Tone studios in Pittsburg, California; a studio the two started in the mid '90s. Along with recording bands in Billie Joe's basement, Chris became Green Day's "go-to guy" as he started out by recording their demos and eventually progressed into recording their albums, starting with 21st Century Breakdown. Along side his personal history, Chris talks a bit about the history of Jingletown Studios. While at Studio 880 in Oakland during the pre-production and demos phase of 21st Century Breakdown, the band learned that Studio 880 was up for sale and they decided to purchase it. After purchasing, the band turned it into their private spot and home base. While out on the road touring the album in 2009 and 2010, the studio opened up its doors to the public and rented out the recording spaces. While not out on the road with Green Day, Chris explains that he is the Chief Engineer at Jingletown studios, recording various bands that have booked recording time. However, when Green Day needs him, Chris explains that he drops much of what he is doing to work with them. At the time of the recording of the podcast, Chris mentions he is currently away from Jingletown to work on "another project" - hmmm who could that be? mehr...

Consequence of Sound names Green Day the best pop punk band ever | The Consequence of Sound has published a list of their top 100 best pop-punk bands ever. Coming in at number one on the website's list is, obviously, Green Day. "Say what you will about Green Day, but here are the facts: No other punk group since The Clash can reasonably lay claim to being ?The Only Band That Matters,? an honor that necessitates sold-out arenas in Asia, sold-out theaters on Broadway, and a fixed place within the cultural conversation for two decades and counting. Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt, and Tre Cool have morphed into bona fide rock gods whose appeal spans several generations." Other notable bands in their top 10 include Alkaline Trio, Blink-182, Jimmy Eat World, and Jawbreaker, to name a few. Check out the website's complete top 100 here. It's nice to see Green Day mentions starting to ramp up this Summer in anticipation of the band's new album, rumored to be out this fall. This article, plus others from around the music news scene, are certainly reminding people that Green Day is still going strong. mehr...

Tre Cool posts photo with new SJC drum set | Tre Cool just shared this photo on Instagram with his new custom SJC drumset (and some very nice looking hair). Here's hoping we all get to hear these drums very soon ;) NannyNanny Ha Ha... I just got a new SJC kit ?? #sjcdrums #teamremo #zildjian #afaceonlyamothercouldlove A photo posted by Tre' Cool (@trecool) on Jul 14, 2016 at 7:08pm PDT mehr...

Sparrow Sleeps releases lullaby renditions of Green Day songs with 'Hypersomniac' | The popular Sparrow Sleeps duo has released a new album of Green Day lullaby songs titled Hypersomniac. The 10-track album features lullaby renditions of top Green Day songs, including "When I Come Around," "Welcome to Paradise," "Minority," and even "The Grouch." The album is $10 and can be purchased on the Sparrow Sleeps website here. Sparrow Sleeps (@SparrowSleeps) is a team of two midwestern guys with pop-punk music roots. Check out their website and their Facebook page for more music and information. Thanks to Larry for sending this news in mehr...

The incredible "Ultimate Green Day Poster" fan art | A member on our forum, angry_robot, has drawn and shared this incredible Green Day poster filled with references to every song in the band's catalog, plus additional references to artwork, videos, and more Green Day-related items. As she explains below, she has spent over two years drawing this piece of art and she has finally shared it with fans. "I've always enjoyed illustration and though I'm no super-talented artist, almost 2 years ago I decided to do some sort of a Green Day fan art to celebrate my love to my favorite band. It all started as an attempt to recreate band in a cartoon-ish style and ended up being a wall poster with reference to every Green Day album song. 161 songs are somewhere in this picture, some of them are stupid puns I'm quite ashamed of, others are references to single artworks, videos, song lyrics and some are just plain song titles written somewhere because I have no imagination. Pretty sure someone will find something I never intended to reference and also pretty sure that I've forgotten something. There're lots of other Green Day related stuff too, I never really realised how huge the band is and how many things are going on in a Green Day world. I wish I did more though but it's time to stop, it's been almost 2 years since I started! Also forgive my lack of drawing skills, some of the things there should have looked better, but oh well. It was fun anyway! " The artwork is for sale online in a variety of printed forms and materials, perfect for hanging on your wall (i.e.: Green Day shrine) - I just ordered a poster. See the printed options here on Redbubble. Check out the artwork below and let us know what you think in the comments! How many references can you find? mehr...

Green Day takes three spots on Rolling Stone's 'The 10 Best Pop-Punk Albums of All Time' | Green Day landed three spots on Rolling Stone Readers' Poll "Top 10 Best Pop-Punk Albums of All Time", with Dookie, nimrod., and American Idiot. "If the Ramones set the groundwork for what pop-punk would become, Green Day made it a radio reality. The band's third album, 1994's Dookie, served as their major label debut and a launch point for the more absurd, childish rock of the post-grunge Nineties. Their slacker rebellion found a refreshing annex between the speed and grit of early punk with pop accessibility, making songs about masturbation and therapy weirdly anthemic." Check out the full list over at Rolling Stone.com, which includes other artists such as Jimmy Eat Work, Blink 182, The Offspring, and Generation X. mehr...

Billie Joe responds to fan who said "stop with the stupid politics, I followed you for your music!" | Billie Joe recently posted a photo on Instagram after the death of Philando Castile. In the comments of that photo one of his followers posted "STOP WITH THE STUPID POLICS, I FOLLOWED YOU FOR YOUR MUSIC! OKAY BRO?", to which Billie replied "I understand what you're saying...and I WANT this to be about creativity and music .. but this is the craziest time in our lives since 9/11 .. I'm trying to find some justice in this god forsaken era. I hope this helpful" The original post is here A photo posted by Billie Joe Armstrong (@billiejoearmstrong) on Jul 7, 2016 at 4:58pm PDT Thanks to @whatsernameella for giving us a heads up! mehr...



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