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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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Green Day releases 25th anniversary 'Kerplunk' t-shirt | With Kerplunk's 25th anniversary today, Green Day has released a special 25th anniversary edition Kerplunk T-shirt that's available to order now from Green Day.com. The shirt features the kerplunk logo with 25th anniversary written below the logo you can also pick up the shirt with a CD or vinyl. The CD bundle cost $29.99 and the vinyl bundle costs $34,99. Check out the bundle over at store.greenday.com. For the 25th Anniversary of Kerplunk! we had this commemorative tshirt made. Head to the store to get yours now https://t.co/W0If4tVLNt pic.twitter.com/axvO11nBIX— Green Day (@GreenDay) January 17, 2017 mehr...

Green Day shares "Troubled Times" lyric video | In celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. day here in the US, Green Day has shared a new lyric video for their song "Troubled Times." The song itself is already a very sociopolitical one, but this lyric video further exemplifies the meaning. Check out the lyric video below, which was directed and animated by Manu Viquiera, with the help of David Rodriguez Simón for typography and other art. mehr...

Contest: Design your own "Revolution Radio" Inspired Shirt | Have the lyrics of Revolution Radio inspired you? Inspired you enough to wear a shirt inspired by them? Well this is the contest for you! GDA is giving one lucky member the chance to design their own shirt inspired by Revolution Radio and have it available through the GDA Store for the whole world to buy! The team will choose the best 5 designs and then it's up to the public to vote for their favorite design. The lucky winner will receive a free shirt and Revolution Radio on vinyl. Send your submission to LiamGDC@gmail.com or via personal message on GDC. Submission Deadline: January 29th, 2017 at 11:59pm PST. Contest Rules: (please read before entering) - The shirt cannot contain "Green Day", "Revolution Radio", or any official logos used by the band. - The design must be your own original work. Plagiarizing will result in immediate disqualification. - One entry per person. - Designs must be sent in either PNG or AI only. Good luck and happy designing! mehr...

Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong Once Again Proves the Power Chord is King - Interview with Guitar Player | GuitarPlayer.com interviewed Billie Joe recently and they cover a lot of ground in the interview and some very nice technical insight to Billie Joe and his style of playing guitar. It is one of it is my favorite interviews done so far this round. It's a very good read that's definitely worth your time. "GP: I do a bit of teaching at Musicians Institute, and I can?t believe how many young, dedicated guitarists come in and want to play and sing Green Day. How do you feel when you walk in a room and see some 19-year-old who doesn?t even know you?re there playing ?Basket Case,? or one of your other songs? Billie Joe: It?s the ultimate form of flattery. In fact, sometimes it goes beyond flattery, because it?s one thing to sit at home in your bedroom and learn how to play a band?s songs, but I run into a lot of people who say, ?The first song my friends and I learned together was ?Basket Case,? and now we have a band and write our own songs and have records out.? Hearing that is an amazing feeling. You can?t trade that in. What I do on guitar is not always easy, but it is always simple, and I think that simplicity has encouraged a lot of young people to play. Back when I was a kid, the big rock bands?the dinosaurs, if you will?were doing things that made you feel like, ?Wow, that?s impossible.? But I think when people see Green Day and the way I play, they see it as something that is possible. What was your go-to guitar and amp recipe for the overdriven sounds on Revolution Radio? It was a combination of different things. For starters, I often had my ?56 Les Paul Junior plugged into an old Park head that has been totally rebuilt. Another underlying thing on a lot of parts is a Rickenbacker 360?like the ones Peter Case and Peter Buck use?through a Divided By 13 head. Those guitars are so punchy. I was going for something that was in between Paul Weller, Steve Jones, and Johnny Thunders, while still trying to find my own sound. And then, for a bigger, more heavy sound, I?d run a Les Paul through one of my Marshalls. So most parts were triple tracked? Oh god, I mean, sometimes I would quadruple track. The setup on every song is a little different. There was some stuff where to get a really big tone, we?d just plug a guitar through a Boss Blues Driver and mess around with different echoes and delays. And on a couple of songs?like ?Say Goodbye? and ?Forever Now??I took out a bow and just Jimmy Page-ed that motherf**ker. That was really fun. Does your famous blue Fernandes make any appearances on the album? No. But I do use baby Blue on stage every night when we play the old stuff." Read the full interview over at GuitarPlayer.com. Thanks to @GreenDayMind for sharing this. mehr...

An interview with Mike Dirnt | Mike Dirnt was recently interviewed by blickamabend.ch out of Switzerland . They talk about his favorite past times and what it's like to be in Green Day after so many years. Check out a couple quotes from the article below. The translated version can be found over at Green Day Community. "BLICK: Why is it still cool to be in a rock band at 44? Mike Dirnt: Because at any age, it's cool to make music. Music can not be physically touched but touched by it. It can make us laugh or cry. It can euphorize us, but also can be tuned deeply ... Music comes closest to magic. They have been rocking for almost thirty years. Surprised that you have been so long? Quitting was never an option. It is the same as when someone asks you how long you intend to run. No idea, you just make it simple. And is glad that it still works. What is different today than in the 80s? In the digital age everyone has a huge selection. What makes music interchangeable. Before, we had to sit for hours on the radio to listen to a song we liked. This gave you a much closer relationship with songs. What is better: Facebook or Twitter? Instagram! A picture is worth as much as a thousand words. I have no time for too many words. Was there never a plan B in your life? I come from the bottom. It could only get better in my life. My mother had problems with drugs. I was released for adoption. At 15, I went away from home, then worked on the construction, cook was in a sea fish restaurant and have been shipped for UPS packages. Survival was never a problem for me, hard not to work either. Had it not worked with Green Day, I would have done differently." Source: Blickamabend.ch Thanks to desertrose for sharing this on our forum. mehr...

Photos and video of Green Day meeting fans in Italy | A day before their concert, Green Day took some time to meet with some fans waiting around and sign some autographs. meant to post these several days ago but yet here we are nonetheless I think it's pretty awesome to see Green Day meeting some fans in Italy and definitely worth sharing. About to start the greatest Green Day tour ever!!! Our fans are the craziest, coolest, best looking, most passionate people on the planet! A photo posted by Mike Dirnt (@mikedirnt) on Jan 9, 2017 at 1:20pm PST I grew up with them and today they were just in front of me ???? #greenday #love #torino #italy #italia #italian #igersitalia @greenday A video posted by Pisu ?? (@alessiocariddi) on Jan 9, 2017 at 11:05am PST A photo posted by Federica Repetto (@federica_repetto) on Jan 9, 2017 at 7:18am PST I grew up with them and today they were just in front of me ???? #greenday #love #torino #italy #italia #italian #igersitalia @greenday A video posted by Pisu ?? (@alessiocariddi) on Jan 9, 2017 at 11:05am PST A photo posted by Giorgia Pesenti (@giorgia_pesenti) on Jan 9, 2017 at 11:00am PST A photo posted by Giorgia Pesenti (@giorgia_pesenti) on Jan 9, 2017 at 6:23am PST A photo posted by Vera (@vveraustralia) on Jan 9, 2017 at 6:54am PST Thanks to desertrose for sharing these photos on our forum. mehr...

Guy sings "Time Of Your Life" everytime his roommate starts playing guitar | The following video hit the front page of Reddit a couple days ago. Which means now it's ok if we post it. Uploaded by Chris Melberger. I mean, there are worst songs to be interrupted by. Thanks to 409 to sending the video in. mehr...



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