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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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Kerrang! names 'American Idiot' the best album of the 2000s | Kerrang! Magazine has released their list of the top 50 albums of the 2000s and Green Day's American Idiot has topped the list at number one. This comes as no surprise as the UK-based music magazine has always been very pro-Green Day and includes something on the band in just about every issue. Seriously, you should check out our forum topics as there seems to be a new one opened every week concerning Green Day's inclusion in the latest release of the magazine. Other albums in the top 10 include My Chemical Romance's Black Parade, Linkin Park's Hybrid Theory, and System of a Down's Toxicity to name a few. What are your thoughts? Is it the best rock album of the 2000s? There are certainly quite a few contenders in my mind. Let us know in the comments. Thanks to Ken Wahab for sending this news in mehr...

New details on the 'Tune In, Tokyo' Black Friday RSD release | As we announced Tuesday, Green Day's 2001 live EP Tune In Tokyo will be released on blue vinyl for Black Friday Record Store Day on November 28th. On Wednesday, Planet Stereo, an online music blog, has un-earthed more details on the release, stating that the EP will be pressed on clear-blue vinyl and will be limited to just 5,000 copies. As we reported Tuesday, Wax Poetic is stating the vinyl will come with a digital download option. We aren't yet sure whether the digital download will be available separately from the vinyl purchase, such as an iTunes/Google Play/Spotify release. On Black Friday, a smaller-scale Record Store Day is celebrated across the US and Canada with local record stores receiving stock of limited and exclusive vinyl releases, much like April's Record Store Day. Black Friday is the day after Thanksgiving in the US, which puts the day on November 28th this year. Tune In, Tokyo is a live EP released in October of 2001, available for sale only in Japan. The EP contains seven tracks, six of which are from Warning. The original CD copy of the album can be purchased as an import via Amazon by clicking here. There hasn't been any official word yet from the band but I'm sure something will be announced sooner than later as the release date is quickly approaching. mehr...

'Nimrod' was released 17 years ago today | Green Day's 5th studio album, Nimrod, was released 17 years ago today - October 14, 1997. The album was Green Day's third major label release and saw huge success with the single "Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)", which went on sale over 2 million copies on its own. Other singles from the album include "Hitchin' a Ride", "Redundant", and "Nice Guys Finish Last". To date Nimrod has sold over 10 million copies worldwide. Watch the music videos that came from this album below, and take 50 minutes out of your day to listen Nimrod. mehr...

'Tune in, Tokyo' to see vinyl and digital download release on Black Friday Record Store Day | According to Wax Poetic, Green Day's 2001 EP Tune In, Tokyo will be re-released for the upcoming Black Friday Record Store Day. Tune In, Tokyo is a Japan-only release that features seven live tracks from Green Day's Japanese tour in support of Warning from the Spring of 2001. The album was previously released only in Japan in October of 2001 but it seems it will be getting a U.S. and Canada release in late November. Wax Poetic states the EP will be released on blue vinyl and will come with a digital download. Black Friday Record Store Day is next month on November 28, the same day as Black Friday in the U.S. and Canada and is similar to the regular Record Store Day event in April. All the details about Black Friday Record Store Day can be found here. Wax Poetic is a trusted source as they accurately post updates for all Record Store Day releases as well as special vinyl releases throughout the year. Earlier this year, they posted about Green Day's Record Store Day 2014 release, Demolicious, prior to its official announcement. mehr...

Tre Cool and Sara Rose got married this weekend | A huge congrats to Tre Cool and Sara Rose who got married this weekend. The happy couple tied the knot October 11th. They got engaged back in January. Tre posted the below photo on Instagram with the following comment: "I'm very happy to have married my best friend Sara on Saturday 10/11/14 Thanks for all the well wishes and support." Mr. and Mrs. Cool gave out custom Converse to their guests that had their names on them. Billie Joe, Mike and Jason White were all in attendance at the wedding. If any other photos come around we'll put them in this post. More photos mehr...

'Insomniac' was released 19 years ago today | 19 years ago today Green Day released their 4th album (second major label album), Insomniac. It was the very anticipated follow up to Dookie which was released only one year earlier. Insomniac would go on to sell over 10 million copies - Green Day's 3rd best selling album to date (behind Dookie and American Idiot). The album got a huge push by its popular singles "Geek Stink Breath", "Brain Stew/Jaded", and "Walking Contradiction". The album peaked at #2 in 1995 on the Billboard 200, with "Geek Stink Breath" and "Brain Stew / Jaded" both making it to #3 in the US. Take 33 minutes out of your day to listen to listen to Insomniac today. Share with others in the comments below your thoughts on this album and your favorite song. mehr...

Green Day nominated for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame | This morning, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame released the nominees for its class of 2015 and Green Day has made the list. This is Green Day's first period of eligibility as 2014 marks 25 years since they released their first EP, 1,000 Hours. Joining Green Day as contenders are Nine Inch Nails, N.W.A, the Smiths, Lou Reed, Sting, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Kraftwerk, Chic, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, the Marvelettes, the Spinners, Stevie Ray Vaughan, War and Bill Withers. Pretty good company to be in. This year's 15 nominees will be included on the voting ballot sent to the large international voting body. The voting body must submit their ballots before the end of the year when the Rock Hall will announce 2015's induction class. From the Rock Hall's website regarding the induction process: "The Foundation's nominating committee selects nominees each year in the Performer category. Ballots are then sent to an international voting body of more than 600 artists, historians and members of the music industry. Those performers who receive the highest number of votes are inducted. The Foundation generally inducts five to seven performers each year." Beginning in 2012, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame opened Nominee voting to fans around the world. The Top Five Nominees as voted by the fans count for one ballot entry, which is weighted the same as individual ballot entries submitted by members of the international voting body. Voting is open through December 9th on the Hall's website by clicking here. Don't miss the little "Submit" button at the bottom of the page. Green Day is no stranger to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as they have performed several times at induction ceremonies, most recently in 2012 when they inducted Guns 'n Roses into the Hall. They also performed a tribute to the Ramones in 2002. The 2015 induction ceremony takes place April 18th in Cleveland, Ohio. The 2015 class will be announced towards the end of this year. Until then, go vote! Don't miss the little "Submit" button at the bottom of the page. mehr...



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