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Green Day is an American punk rock band formed in 1987 by lead vocalist and guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong and bassist and backing vocalist Mike Dirnt. For much of their career the band has been a trio with drummer Tre Cool. In 2012 guitarist and backing vocalist Jason White became a full member after playing in the band as a session and touring guitarist for 13 years. Cool replaced former drummer John Kiffmeyer in 1990, prior to the recording of the band's second studio album, Kerplunk (1992).

Green Day was originally part of the punk scene at the DIY 924 Gilman Street club in Berkeley, California. The band's early releases were from the independent record label Lookout! Records. In 1994, its major label debut Dookie released through Reprise Records became a breakout success and eventually sold over 10 million copies in the U.S. Green Day was widely credited, alongside fellow California punk bands Sublime, Bad Religion, The Offspring and Rancid, with popularizing and reviving mainstream interest in punk rock in the United States.

Green Day's three follow-up albums, Insomniac (1995), Nimrod (1997), and Warning (2000) did not achieve the massive success of Dookie, though they were still successful, with Insomniac and Nimrod reaching double platinum and Warning reaching gold status. The band's rock opera, American Idiot (2004), reignited the band's popularity with a younger generation, selling five million copies in the United States. The band's eighth studio album, 21st Century Breakdown, was released in 2009 which achieved the band's best chart performance to date. 21st Century Breakdown was followed up by a trilogy of albums called ?Uno!, ?Dos!, and ?Tre! released in September, November and December 2012 respectively.

They are one of the world's best-selling groups of all time, having sold more than 75 million albums and singles worldwide. The group has won five Grammy Awards: Best Alternative Album for Dookie, Best Rock Album for American Idiot, Record of the Year for "Boulevard of Broken Dreams", Best Rock Album for the second time for 21st Century Breakdown and Best Musical Show Album for American Idiot: The Original Broadway Cast Recording. In 2010, a stage adaptation of American Idiot debuted on Broadway. The musical was nominated for three Tony Awards: Best Musical, Best Scenic Design and Best Lighting Design, losing only the first. Also in 2010, Green Day were ranked number 91 in the VH1 list of the "100 Greatest Artists of All Time".

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Green Day News

Green Day bassist Mike Dirnt to produce indie film

Green Day bassist Mike Dirnt to produce indie film

Dirnt will help bring 'Crickets' to life

  • Jul 10, 2014

Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong plays gig with son Joey

'Two And A Half Men' played a host of Green Day songs in Oakland, California

  • Jun 13, 2014

Green Day to offer unreleased track for Record Store Day

Band will release 18 demos from ¡Uno!, ¡Dos! and ¡Tré! sessions on April 19

  • Feb 25, 2014

Green Day play tiny gig in Australian pub – watch

US punk trio played Captain Cook Hotel in Sydney last night (February 20)

  • Feb 21, 2014

Billie Joe Armstrong and Norah Jones pay tribute to Phil Everly

Green Day singer and Jones recently release an Everly Brothers covers album

  • Jan 5, 2014

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When I Come Around (Live In Japan) [Video]

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Green Day Reviews

Green Day - '¡Tré!'

Green Day - '¡Tré!'

Veteran punks complete their filler-filled trilogy, and stagger across the finish line looking badly in need of a lie-down

  • Dec 7, 2012

Green Day – ‘¡Dos!’

They tried to make Billie-Joe go to rehab – and he went. Now for part two of the Cali pop-punks’ troubled trilogy

  • Nov 9, 2012

Green Day - '¡Uno!'

The first part of this ambitious trilogy, ‘¡Uno!’ fails to thrill

  • Sep 21, 2012

Green Day - 'Oh Love'

They're back! With a whimper, not a bang

  • Jul 16, 2012

Live Review: Green Day

It might not be as high-brow as they’d like, but when they’re not trying to be deep it’s a riot. The 02, London, Friday, October 23

  • Nov 3, 2009

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