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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 to release 'Woodstock 1994' live album for Record Store Day | Woodstock 1994 album coverThis week the entire list of special releases for Record Store Day was revealed and Green Day is once again back in the mix for the 2019 version of the great, annual tradition. The band will release an album of live recordings from their famous set at Woodstock 1994 which took place in New York. The tracklist has yet to be revealed but we'd have to assume it will be all nine songs the band played that day: Welcome to ParadiseOne of My LiesChumpLongviewBasket CaseWhen I Come AroundBurnoutF.O.D.Paper Lanterns The album will be released on a black 140g 12" vinyl record and will be limited to 6800 copies. The Record Store Day website lists this release as a "RSD First" release, which implies that the album will be more widely available at some point after Record Store Day, which is on April 13th. To find a Record Store Day-participating record store near you, check out the list. mehr...

GDA Celebrates 25 Years of Dookie: 924 Gilman Street 1992 | Here we are at the end of our ten-day countdown. Our final release is a soundboard recording from a private show that Green Day performed for their friend at 924 Gilman Street on November 18th, 1992. This show marks the first known performances of "Having a Blast", "Burnout", "Basket Case", "J.A.R. (Jason Andrew Relva)", "In the End", and "When It's Time". That?s right, ?When It?s Time? was performed live at 924 Gilman 18 years before it was released! Out of all the shows we?ve posted this past week, this is the must-have download. Happy 25th birthday, Dookie! Setlist: 01 - Having a Blast 02 - When I Come Around 03 ? Burnout 04 - Basket Case 05 - 16 (Tease) 06 ? Longview 07 - J.A.R. (Jason Andrew Relva) 08 - In the End 09 - Who Wrote Holden Caulfield? 10 - Little Wing (Jimi Hendrix Cover) [Tease] 11 - Welcome to Paradise 12 ? Haushinka 13 - When It's Time 14 - Christie Road 15 - You Shook Me All Night Long/Highway to Hell (AC/DC Medley) 16 - Crazy Train (Ozzy Osbourne Cover) 17 - The Last In Line/One (Dio/Metallica Medley) 18 - Johnny B. Goode (Chuck Berry Cover) 19 - Going to Pasalacqua (Partial) 20 - Disappearing Boy (Aborted) 21 - Unknown Metal Song 22 - Lullaby (Blatz Cover) 23 - Master of Puppets (Metallica Cover) [Tease] 24 - Holidays in the Sun (Sex Pistols Cover) [Partial] 25 - Paper Lanterns (Partial) 26 - Witchcraft (Frank Sinatra Cover) [Partial] MP3 | FLAC Visit the forum here to discuss this recording mehr...

A quarter-century of 'Dookie' | "Beavis and Butt-head have started a band: it?s called Green Day," announced a spring 1994 Rolling Stone magazine article. Dookie, released on Feb. 1 of that year, isn't Green Day's most dynamic work. It may not even be their most-adored, either ? both of those titles could arguably go to American Idiot, depending on who you ask. What Dookie does do is resonate in a way which very few albums manage: it encapsulates the teenage angst felt by a generation coming of age in the mid-nineties. As a band, Green Day are better than most at turning their own experiences into songs that relate to the masses. It's probably true that this is the ultimate goal of music in general. One could know nothing about punk music and hear that the band behind Dookie weren't trying to be anything other than the obnoxious twenty-somethings they were. If you can listen to "Longview" without relating to the dog days of summer ? that struggle between wondering into the scorching outside in search of amusement, and never, ever wanting to leave the couch ? you were never a teenager... and I know you were a teenager. That's exactly why Dookie struck a chord with millions upon millions and will continue to do so. ?That?s all I wanted ? people to be affected by it, with as much passion as I put into it,? Billie Joe Armstrong told Rolling Stone of the album. The entire thing was recorded in only three weeks. ?The guys had been performing many of the songs live, so they were very familiar with them when they entered the studio and they had supreme confidence in them. They knew they were hot shit, they knew the material was terrific and it was just a case of us getting it right,? said Neill King, the album's lead engineer. Dookie was refreshingly different from the detached, dissonant grunge that was emanating from the Northeast at the time. People latched onto Pearl Jam and Nirvana, as they still do, but Green Day were definitely not trying to jump on that bandwagon. Their brand of catchy punk was something else: in your face, unapologetic and snarky. Essentially, it was the Bay Area punk they'd grown up with ? Operation Ivy, Crimpshrine, Rancid, Jawbreaker and others ? haphazardly tossed into a blender with radio-friendly classics like Van Halen, The Beatles and Black Sabbath. The community that spawned Green Day responded by defiantly throwing their pop-punk smoothie back in their faces. They'd "sold out," in the eyes of the hardcore punks, by signing their souls to Warner Brothers' Reprise Records. They were banned from playing at 924 Gilman Street, their childhood stomping ground. They were outcasts who became more detestable with every cassette and CD sold. At that point, this had to be a bitter pill to swallow: "That time period will always be a moment of confusion for me,? Billie Joe told VH1. Billie Joe recounted one particular time, between the releases of Dookie and Insomniac, when he was able to sneak back into Gilman for a show. He took a trip to the 'loo and discovered "Billie Joe Must Die" graffiti scrawled onto a stall wall. It turned out to be ironic, though, that Dookie would do more to inspire and recruit the next generation of punks than almost anything had before it. It took over shopping malls and suburban schools. It commandeered the late-night TV airwaves of "Saturday Night Live" and "The Late Show with David Letterman." It whipped crowds at the Woodstock '94 festival into an angsty, violent, mud-catapulting frenzy. Every tattered corner of Dookie hides ear-catching tidbits of pop sensibility: the playfully-triumphant guitar intro that kicks off "Welcome to Paradise"; the way the drums in "Longview" lazily bounce through their beats; the tightly-wound harmonies in the chorus of "She." If Green Day really didn't know anything about writing radio hits at that stage, they sure took a damn good guess. In terms of messages, it doesn't ask the listener to do much deciphering. Billie Joe is in your face, eyes bloodshot and bulging, sneering exactly what he thinks. He's frustrated with the status quo and kicking around feeling of loneliness and horny-ness. His uncertain, frantic world isn't a place to settle down in, but it's worth the 38-minute trip. In the years that have followed its release, Dookie hasn't slipped down the wall onto which Green Day had thrown it ? it stuck. Sum 41, Fall Out Boy, Blink-182, My Chemical Romance and countless other bands have since capitalized on the niche Green Day chiseled out in 1994. Dookie holds its own as one of the single most influential albums of the nineties alongside hallowed staples like Nirvana's Nevermind and Radiohead's OK Computer. An album exactly like Dookie will never be made again ? it's a fact that's as much unfortunate as it is fitting. mehr...

GDA Celebrates 25 Years of Dookie: KROQ?s Loveline | The ninth installment of our Dookie celebration is not a performance (Surprise!) but a radio appearance! For almost a decade, this recording was thought to be lost. Here it is, back from the dead, an hour and a half of Green Day on KROQ?s Loveline from February 24th, 1994. FLAC Visit the forum here to discuss this recording mehr...

GDA Celebrates 25 Years of Dookie: End It Benefit | The eighth installment of our ten-day release is an audience recording from the Seattle Center in Seattle, Washington on September 11th, 1994. Green Day headlined End It, a benefit for Artists for a Hate Free America, sponsored by Seattle?s 107.7 The End. Green Day played alongside Hole (Courtney Love?s first show since Kurt Cobain?s death), Weezer, Rancid, 311, and Seaweed. This is the second known performance of ?Armatage Shanks?, which the band debuted three days prior at the MTV Video Music Awards in New York. Setlist: 01 - Going to Pasalacqua 02 - Chump 03 - Longview 04 - When I Come Around 05 - Welcome to Paradise 06 - Knowledge (Operation Ivy Cover) 07 - Basket Case 08 - Only of You 09 - Disappearing Boy/I Don't Know/Sweet Home Alabama (Ozzy Osbourne/Lynyrd Skynyrd Medley) 10 - Eye of the Tiger/My Way/Micky Mouse March (Survivor/Frank Sinatra/Jimmie Dodd Medley) 11 - Paper Lanterns/We're Not Gonna Take It (Twisted Sister Medley) 12 - F.O.D. 13 - Armatage Shanks 14 - Christie Road MP3 | WAV Visit the forum here to discuss this recording mehr...

GDA Celebrates 25 Years of Dookie: Slim's San Francisco | The seventh installment of our celebration release is an audience recording from Slim?s in San Francisco, California on July 5th, 1994. This was the first show of the second leg of the North American tour. In the three-week break before this show, Billie Joe got married and found out he was going to be a father, while Mike recorded an album with Screeching Weasel. It seems that the band didn?t plan very well for the setlist because the songs are played out of their usual order and a few covers were thrown in as well. Setlist: 01 - 2,000 Light Years Away 02 - Basket Case 03 - One of My Lies 04 - F.O.D. 05 - When I Come Around 06 - Burnout 07 - Chump 08 - Longview 09 - Knowledge (Operation Ivy Cover) 10 - Welcome to Paradise 11 - All By Myself 12 - Dominated Love Slave 13 - Surrender (Cheap Trick Cover) [Partial] 14 - Johnny B. Goode (Chuck Berry Cover) [Tease] 15 - Christie Road 16 - Going to Pasalacqua 17 - Paper Lanterns/Another One Bites the Dust/Together On the Sand/Take Warning (Queen/NOFX/Operation Ivy Medley) 18 - Only of You 19 - Rape Me (Nirvana Cover) [Tease] 20 - My Generation (The Who Cover) MP3 | WAV Visit the forum here to discuss this recording mehr...

GDA Celebrates 25 Years of Dookie: Blind Mellon | The sixth installment of our ten-day celebration release is an audience recording from Blind Mellon?s in Buffalo, New York. The sound is pretty rough, but it?s a small living remnant of another no-longer existing venue. Setlist: 01 - Welcome to Paradise 02 - One of My Lies 03 ? Chump 04 ? Longview 05 - Basket Case 06 - When I Come Around 07 ? Burnout 08 ? 2,000 Light Years Away 09 - Going to Pasalacqua 10 - F.O.D. 11 ? Knowledge 12 - Paper Lanterns/My Way/Metal Health/Rock You Like a Hurricane/We?re Not Gonna Take It/Eye of the Tiger/Jeremy/Even Flow/Black Hole Sun/Master of Puppets 13 - All By Myself 14 - Dominated Love Slave/Crazy Train 15 - Christie Road 16 - She MP3 | WAV Visit the forum here to discuss this recording mehr...



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