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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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"Bang Bang" drops to #2 in Billboard chart, makes gains on others | Revolution Radio's lead single's position at #1 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Songs chart has come to an end this week. "Bang Bang," now at #2, spent a total of four straight weeks in the top position thanks to massive airplay on Mainstream and Active Rock radio stations. Supplanting "Bang Bang" at #1 is Metallica's thrashy song "Hardwired." In Mediabase's Active Rock chart, "Hardwired" has also swapped spots with "Bang Bang" for the #1 spot. However, on Mediabase's Alternative songs chart, the song has moved up from #4 to #3. On other Billboard charts, here is how the song is performing week-over-week: Rock Airplay: #2 (same as last week) | Chart Alternative Songs: #3 (up from #4) | Chart Hot Rock Songs: #14 (back after a week of slipping to #16) | Chart In related news, "Still Breathing" (listen) has entered at #20 on Billboard's Twitter Top Tracks chart, which tracks "this week's most shared and/or mentioned songs on Twitter." It is still unknown at this time if the track has been/will be released as a radio single. mehr...

Concert Review: Revolution Radio Tour kicks off in Columbus, Ohio | After a two-year break from touring, Green Day was clearly itching to get back on the road. And in case anyone doubted it, Billie Joe Armstrong made it known early Monday night at the band?s first promotional show for Revolution Radio, its new album that releases Oct. 7. ?You know what sucks? Taking time off of playing music. It?s hard,? he said, just a few songs into the setlist, gazing out and smiling at the eager, sold-out crowd inside Columbus, Ohio?s Newport Music Hall. ?Look at this fucking place. Look at this. We?re back.? Cheers and applause erupted. Yes, they're back ? in every sense of the word. Despite the hiatus, and after recovering from an illness that led them to postpone tour dates last week, the band thankfully didn?t appear weary or out-of-practice. In about two hours, they ripped through a 25-song setlist with no frills but all the high-energy antics of an arena show. The intimate feeling of seeing the orchestrated chaos just a few feet from your face is almost indescribable. From the second row of the 1,700-person venue, I could see all the tiny details usually only spotted in professionally shot videos: the beads of sweat rolling down their faces; Billie Joe?s quirky starred-and-striped socks; an adorable message, ?Hello Again!?, scribbled in silver marker on the front of Mike Dirnt?s black sleeveless vest. Monday night?s set opened with new singles ?Bang Bang? and ?Revolution Radio? performed live for the first time, in that order. It?s a thrilling one-two punch that?s hard to top. The songs sounded just as good live as in the studio, if not better, as the band fed off the enthusiasm of a crowd that already had the lyrics memorized. The two songs blended in seamlessly with an otherwise greatest-hits-heavy setlist dominated by singles from American Idiot and Dookie. The show mostly followed Green Day?s tried-and-true formula for live shows, peppered with a few pleasant surprises in-between, including the return of ?Scattered? and ?Hitchin? a Ride? from Nimrod and Kerplunk?s ?2000 Light Years Away? and ?Christie Road.? Billie Joe even sang a few lines from the trilogy?s ?Nuclear Family? during the bridge of ?Scattered? and looked quite amused with himself during the seconds-long medley. Many fans, myself included, were initially surprised the setlist wasn?t filled with deep cuts from the past or more new songs from their upcoming album. But as the show continued on, with little deviation from what longtime fans have come to expect from a Green Day concert, I focused less on the songs? rarity and more on enjoying the performance. This show, I realized, wasn?t meant to be like the last club show I attended, at the House of Blues in Cleveland, the night before the band?s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction. It wasn?t a nostalgic trip down memory lane. It was, it seemed, about looking forward to the future and getting back into a groove to prepare for a lengthy world tour that's likely in the works. Photos by @MooreClick From my spot in the pit, in front of Mike, the crowd was nothing like the House of Blues, either. For me, that was a good thing. There were fewer crowd surfers, fewer angsty fans clobbering each other to get a closer spot and few, if any, moments where I felt overwhelmed, at-risk or exhausted. Due to a strict policy that prohibited cell phone recordings of the show (which some fans, unsurprisingly, disregarded anyway), there were also fewer people blocking others? views to get shots for YouTube. At first, I thought the policy was bogus, but in hindsight, I appreciate it. At my first Green Day show, in Pittsburgh in 2013, I spent more time fending off a violent girl who was desperate for YouTube footage than enjoying the music. Here, everyone seemed more focused on having a good time than anything else. The crowd wasn't dead by any means, but my experience with it was tamer and more controlled this time around. The band was having a blast, too, and that was evident by the smiles that never left Billie Joe and Mike?s faces and their frequent laughter. I couldn?t see Tré Cool much from my spot in the pit, but I did catch him chuckling a few times, too. During ?Minority,? Mike planted a kiss on Billie Joe?s cheek. Billie Joe playfully bantered with the crowd during ?Hitchin? a Ride? and joined saxophone player Jason Freese on a harmonica during ?King for a Day.? The pink bunny made its return in the preshow. The show was filled with good, genuine fun and emotion. Mainly for those reasons, I was really bummed to see Revolution Radio?s third single, "Still Breathing," was listed on Monday?s setlist but not played. The recently released song, which alludes to dealing with addiction, epitomizes the message of moving forward and positivity that Monday?s show seemed to symbolize. Because the band delayed its tour a week, it?s possible the song was scrapped because isn?t ready to be performed live yet, but I hope it?s added to the setlist soon. I could easily see it becoming a crowd favorite and it?s a song full of raw emotion that clearly resonates with the band, too. Given the political nature of Revolution Radio?s titular track, it came as no surprise that Billie Joe devoted a little show time to political talk, too. He joked about the presidential debate occurring that night and encouraged people to vote and "bring sanity back" into political discussions. He also mentioned it was fitting to kick off the tour in Ohio?s capital city, presumably because it?s a swing state that heavily influences elections. Personally, I also found it fitting that the band debuted the song ?Revolution Radio? in Columbus because the city has recently sparked several Black Lives Matter protests, following a fatal police shooting of a 13-year-old black robbery suspect this month. A similar protest in New York inspired Billie Joe to write the song. Just moments before the concert doors opened Monday, a protest formed (unrelated to the concert) and prompted police to shut down a portion of the street adjacent to the concert venue. An eerie coincidence and a powerful reminder of the song's relevance. The show closed with two acoustic songs, ?Ordinary World,? Revolution Radio?s beautiful, but simple closer, and the classic ?Good Riddance (Time of Your Life).? "Ordinary World," written for a namesake movie starring Billie Joe that releases Oct. 14, didn?t receive nearly the same reaction as the fast-paced new songs, but those who were familiar with it, including me, seemed to appreciate hearing it. A friend of mine and longtime Green Day fan attended the show with me, and on our drive home, he mentioned how differently the band, especially Billie Joe, presented itself compared to recordings of shows he?s watched in the past, such as fan videos and Bullet in a Bible. Since, at this point, I?m a bit jaded to the band?s criticism, I assumed he was being critical. The statement that followed surprised me. ?He just seemed? happy. Really aware and appreciative of what was going on.? I think that?s a message any fan who criticized the show?s setlist could learn from. Just appreciating the moment. One such instance that really struck me Monday was during the performance of ?Waiting,? listening to the lyrics referencing the ?dawning of a new era,? while the stage lights faded into a soft white glow around the band. It just seemed so fitting. Revolution Radio releases in just nine days. Its supporting tour, and Green Day?s newest era, is just getting started. If Monday?s show is any indicator of what to expect, I can?t wait to see what it brings us. Thanks to @MooreClick for all great photos from this show. More of her work can be found on her Instagram and in our photos section. mehr...

Green Day announces rescheduled dates for St. Louis, Chicago, and Detroit | Green Day has announced the rescheduled dates that had to be postponed last week. Chicago - October 23rd (originally Sept. 21st) Detroit - October 24th (originally Sept. 24th) St. Louis - October 26th (originally Sept. 20th) Tickets for the original dates will be honored at these new dates. If you are unable to make the new date, please call Ticketmaster at 1.800.653.8000 to request a refund. Source: Consequence Of Sound mehr...

Green Day kicks off the Revolution Radio tour in Ohio tonight! | After several years of fans not-so-patiently waiting, the day is finally here - Green Day is going back on the road! The tour is starting tonight in Columbus, Ohio at the Newport Music Hall. Fans are already lining up at the venue, including our news editor @alissagoesrawr (follow her account for updates). Don't forget the official Green Day Instagram account is posting hints for a scavenger hunt for fans to get tickets tonight. I know fans are disappointed that last week's shows had to be postponed because of illness, but we're glad the guys took the time to get better so they can put on the best show possible, and you know, not feel like shit while doing so. We'll have the setlist, photos, and more details right here about the show tonight after the show. Go to this topic on our forum to talk about the show. It looks like band members are excited to hit the road too. Here's some of their recent posts. Can't sleep. Thinking about the first show...?????????? We can't wait for this tour to start. #revolutionradiotour #greenday #insomniac #ohio A photo posted by Tre' Cool (@trecool) on Sep 25, 2016 at 11:59pm PDT Nice view on the way to Ohio! ? A photo posted by Mike Dirnt (@mikedirnt) on Sep 25, 2016 at 7:55pm PDT It's time. #RevRad pic.twitter.com/zH2DCpOSWR— Jeff Matika (@jeffmatika) September 25, 2016 see you soon!! #revolutionradiotour A photo posted by Tre' Cool (@trecool) on Sep 23, 2016 at 8:11pm PDT mehr...

Green Day announces ticket scavenger hunts for each US show | The band's official Facebook page has just announced a very exciting contest. Fans who weren't able to score tickets through the official sales will have a chance after all! On the day of each US club tour show, fans will be able to follow clues given by Green Day's Instagram page. The first to use the clues to arrive at the "secret location" for their city will receive: 1) a pair of tickets for that night's show, 2) a Bluetooth boombox and 3) a copy of Revolution Radio on vinyl! The contest will begin with tomorrow's show in Columbus, Ohio. Keep an eye on Instagram, be safe and good luck! mehr...

Billie Joe's 'Drunk History' appearance to air October 4th | As we reported earlier this year, Billie Joe is set to appear on an upcoming episode of Drunk History. Comedy Central, the network that produces the show, has revealed more details about the upcoming season, which premieres this Tuesday, September 27th. The episode with Billie Joe will air on Tuesday, October 4th at 10:30pm ET. "Sam Patch becomes America?s first daredevil, Marilyn Monroe and Ella Fitzgerald form a lasting friendship, and Buster Keaton takes his talents to the big screen. Featuring Kyle Mooney, Tony Hale, Billie Joe Armstrong, Juno Temple and Gabourey Sidibe." Judging by the above episode synopsis and a photo posted to Instagram earlier this year, Billie Joe's portrayal of Charlie Chaplin will have some type of involvement in a story where Buster Keaton, played by Tony Hale, pursues an acting career. regram @mrtonyhale #busterkeaton and me #charliechaplin on #drunkhistory A photo posted by Billie Joe Armstrong (@billiejoearmstrong) on May 5, 2016 at 11:57am PDT mehr...

Green Day masks from "Bang Bang" video now available | The band's official store now has masks for sale from our favourite band. You may recognise these masks from the "Bang Bang" music video when the three robbers wore them to rob the bank and frame Green Day for the act. Masks for all three members of the band have been made available and are make out of PVC. You can either buy the individual mask for which ever member you want for $44.99 or you can buy all three for $119.99 and receive free shipping. The masks may look creepy as hell but it's definitely something any big Green Day fan wants to add to their collection. The masks are available from the band's web store and will be shipping on October 7th. mehr...



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