Green Day is punk rock band led by Billie Joe Armstrong on vocals and Mike Dirnt on bass. The band had several drummers throughout their career including Tre Cool and John Kiffmeyer. Jason White was another addition, joining the band in 2012 as guitarist.
GREEN DAY’S ORIGINS
Billie Joe Armstrong and Mike Dirnt first started making music together when they formed the band Sweet Children in 1986. They first performed at Rod’s Hickory Pit in Vallejo, California in 1987. John Kiffmeyer joined them in 1988. That same year, Larry Livermore spotted them during a performance and he signed the band up with his label. Before they released 1,000 Hours, the band changed their name into Green Day.
GREEN DAY’S CAREER
The album 39/Smooth came out in 1990. The extended plays Sweet Children and Slappy also came out afterwards. 39/Smooth was also re-released using the title 1,039/Smoothed Out Slappy Hours in 1991 and included some songs from their previous Eps. When Kiffmeyer went to Humboldt State University, he was gradually replaced by Tre Cool.
The release of Kerplunk marked the start of the band’s success. Not long after, the band signed a contract with Reprise records and started recording songs for Dookie.
In 1994, the album Dookie achieved huge success in the music industry. The songs Longview, Basket Case, and When I Came Around became so popular that they snagged the first spot on the Modern Rock Track charts. Their fame was marked by a number of performances on various festivals like the Lollapalooza and Woodstock ’94. Dookie also received the Grammy Award for Best Alternative Album while Green Day was nominated in various categories in the MTV Video Music Awards.
The album Insomniac was released in 1995 preceded by the single J.A.R. which was included as one of Angus’s soundtrack. The album received positive reviews even though it showcased a darker and heavier music compared to the previous album. Insomniac included some popular songs like Geek Stink Breath, Stuck With Me, Brain Stew/Jaded, and Walking Contradiction. Release of the album led to some nominations in the 1996 American Music Awards which included the categories, Favorite Artist, Favorite Hard Rock Artist, and Favorite Alternative Artist.
The band took a short break in 1996 before starting to record for their new album in 1997. The album Nimrod came out the October of that year, showcasing a variety of musical genre. The song Good Riddance was a huge hit and was awarded the MTV Video Award for Best Alternative Video. Nimrod also included the songs Nice Guys Finish Last, Hitchin’ a Ride, and Redundant.
After doing some tours for the album Nimrod, Jason White started playing with the band as rhythm guitarist.
In 2000, the album Warning came out in record stores. Though the songs Minority and Warning became popular, the album received mixed reviews from music critics.
The band’s next album, American Idiot, was released in 2004 with the single American Idiot. The album received a Grammy award for Best Rock Album. After the release of the album, Green Day went on tour on various countries including Japan, Australia, South America and the United Kingdom. They also filmed a couple of these concerts and released the live CD/DVD album Bullet in a Bible. American Idiot was also adapted into a musical play in 2009.
After five years since the release of their last album, Green Day released 21st Century Breakdown. It was positively received and reached gold and platinum status in various countries.
¡Uno!, ¡Dos!, and ¡Tré! was a trilogy of albums slated to come out in 2012. The album also initiated Jason White as the Green Day’s fourth member.
Demolicious included a compilation of other versions of songs from ¡Uno!, ¡Dos!, and ¡Tré! and some previously unreleased ones.
At present, Green Day is working on their twelfth album. They also released a Christmas song in 2015 entitled Xmas Time of the Year.