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|Allstate Arena in Rosemont, IL|
|Molson Park in Barrie, ON|
|HSBC Arena in Buffalo, NY|
|E. J. Nutter Center in Dayton, OH|
|Gaylord Entertainment Center in Nashville, TN|
|Ford Center Oklahoma City in Oklahoma City, OK|
|Toyota Center in Houston, TX|
|American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX|
|SBC Center in San Antonio, TX|
|Philips Arena in Atlanta, GA|
|RBC Center in Raleigh, NC|
|Office Depot Center in Sunrise, FL|
|Merriweather Post Pavillion in Columbia, MD|
|Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ|
|Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, MA|
|Parc Jean-Drapeau in Montreal, PQ|
|Corel Centre in Kanata, ON|
|Wachovia Center (formerly First Union Center) in Philadelphia, PA|
|Hartford Civic Center in Hartford, CT|
|Palace of Auburn Hills in Auburn Hills, MI|
|Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, IN|
|Mark of the Quad Cities in Moline, IL|
|Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, MN|
|Wells Fargo Arena (Des Moines) in Des Moines, IA|
|Pepsi Center in Denver, CO|
|Delta Center in Salt Lake City, UT|
|SBC Park in San Francisco, CA|
|Tacoma Dome in Tacoma, WA|
|General Motors Place in Vancouver, BC|
|Portland Memorial Coliseum in Portland, OR|
|Arco Arena in Sacramento, CA|
|Save Mart Center in Fresno, CA|
|Coors Amphitheatre -CA in Chula Vista, CA|
|Journal Pavilion in Albuquerque, NM|
|America West Arena in Phoenix, AZ|
|Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, NV|
|Home Depot Center (LA) in Carson, CA|
|Home Depot Center (LA) in Carson, CA|
Green Day is a pop punk band consisting of Billie Joe Armstrong (lead vocals, guitar), Mike Dirnt (bass) (born Michael Ryan Pritchard), and Tre Cool (drummer) (born Frank Edwin Wright III). Along with other bands on the Lookout label, they are credited as being the pioneers of the pop punk genre popularizing the genre
to the mainstream with 1994's smash album Dookie. Dookie has been certified
diamond (10 million copies shipped) in the US since its release.
The Biography of Green Day
At the age of 12, Tre Cool became a member of the band The Lookouts.
Their album attracted some attention, and Tre began performing at an early age at the Berkeley, California punk club 924
Gilman Street. In 1988, Billie Joe Armstrong (16 years old) and Mike Dirnt (born
Michael Ryan Pritchard, also 16 years old) formed Sweet Children, with
Armstrong on lead vocals and guitar, Dirnt, on bass and backing vocals, and John Kiffmeyer (a.k.a. Al
Sobrante), on drums.
Their first show was in 1988 at Rod's Hickory Pit in Rodeo, California. A couple months later, they played a high school party with the Lookouts in a remote mountain location near Willits, California, where Tre and Kain Kong of the Lookouts lived and attended school. Only five
kids showed up for the party, and there was no electricity in the house, so Sweet Children had to play using a generator and
candlelight, but they played, as Lookouts singer/guitarist Larry
Livermore put it, "As if they were the Beatles at Shea Stadium."
Livermore, who also ran the Berkeley independent label Lookout!
Records, immediately offered Sweet Children a deal, and in early 1989 they recorded
their first EP, "1,000 Hours," and then decided, weeks before the EP
release, to change their name to Green Day, slang for a day spent smoking marijuana. The band were joint-smokers since
puberty and Billie Joe got his nickname, "Two Dollar Bill," from selling joints at that price at his high school. It is widely
reported that when the boys went to their high school principal to say that they were dropping out to become a full-time band the
principal observed that there "would be a green day in hell" before they amounted to anything. The record came out, with the
cover changed at the last minute to reflect the new name, in April 1989.
One year later, in April 1990, Green Day released their first EP 39/Smooth, and
that summer set out in a van on their first national tour. Before leaving, they recorded another four-song EP called "Slappy,"
and while in Minneapolis-St. Paul they recorded a four-song
EP of some of their old songs for the local label Skene Records, and called it "Sweet Children". (In 1991, 1,039 Smoothed Out
Slappy Hours was released which re-issued on CD 39/Smooth with 9 additional tracks
from "Slappy" and "1,000 Hours".)
After this tour, at the end of the summer of 1990, Al Sobrante left the band on what was
supposed to be a temporary basis to attend college in Arcata,
California. By this time the Lookouts had become mostly inactive, and Tre Cool, now 17 and living in Berkeley, began playing
with Green Day as a temporary replacement. The combination worked out so well that he soon became Green Day's permanent
During 1991, the band toured and played locally, building up a large following, and also
wrote and recorded their second album, Kerplunk!, released on Lookout Records in January 1992. The CD version also included the four tracks from the "Sweet Children" EP. They continued to tour through
1992 and 1993, ranging as far afield as the United Kingdom, Germany, Spain, Italy, Holland, Poland, and Czechoslovakia (now the Czech Republic) When the
tour came through the UK, it was notable for a famous appearance at a Wigan social club
called The Den. The gig would have been a standard stop on an independent punk band's minor UK tour, were it not for one small
fact: the band decided to use their set to stage their own version of the Nativity, featuring Billie Joe as all three
schizophrenic Three Wise Punks, Mike as Santa Claus and a bad-taste version of the Virgin Birth featuring Tre as Mary, a roadie
as Jesus and a bag of rice pudding and tomato ketchup as the Holy Placenta. This sort of theatrical show would become common
practice for the band ten years later, only on a much larger scale.
By 1993, Green Day had sold about 55,000 copies of each of their first albums, a huge
amount for the independent punk scene in those days, and attracted a great deal of attention from the major labels. Eventually
they decided to sign a deal with Reprise Records, leaving Lookout on
friendly terms, and spent the greater part of the year recording their major label debut, Dookie, which proved to be an
almost instant sensation, helped by extensive MTV airplay for the videos "Longview" and
In 1994, Green Day embarked on a nationwide tour and chose queercore band Pansy Division as their opening
act. At the time this was regarded as quite controversial; nonetheless, the tour was a success. Green Day had made their audience
aware that they were not just another 'pop' band with a couple of hit singles. The band joined the lineups of both the Lollapalooza Festival and Woodstock 1994. Green Day's Woodstock gig included a gigantic mud fight between the band and the audience,
leading to a melee in which Dirnt lost his front teeth.
They recorded a single called "J.A.R." in 1995, and followed it up with the album Insomniac in fall 1995. It was a response to the poppy simplicity of Dookie with the album
darker than their previous one. Though the album didn't approach the success of Dookie, it still sold two million copies
in the U.S. After that the band abruptly canceled a European tour, claiming exhaustion. Following the cancellation, the band
spent the next year-and-half resting in reclusion and writing new material, issuing their Nimrod in October 1997 with a more artistic and conceptual
approach. It reached #10 at home and went double platinum on the strength of the surprise crossover hit "Good Riddance (Time Of
Your Life)". After that the band took some time out of the spotlight, issuing the poppy Kinksesque Warning:, another Top 5 hit, three years later in
fall 2000. In 2002 the band issued their first b-side
Album Shenanigans, which was received warmly by fans and included the
song "Ha Ha You're Dead", written by Mike Dirnt and recorded exclusively for this album.
In 2003, during time spent in the studio, a New Wave band appeared on the scene, known
as The Network. This 5 piece band, at first look/listen appears to be Green
Day. The front man "Fink" bears a striking resemblance, visually and vocally to Wilhelm Fink (Billie Joe Armstrong's pseudonym).
John Roecker, director of 'Live Freaky Die Freaky', starring Green Day and other East Bay punk alumni, and Green Day's DVD
Documentary "Heart Like A Hand Grenade", has spoken of various projects recorded at Studio 880, including a New Wave album and a
christmas album, during the American Idiot sessions. Studio 880 is the credited studio in The Networks Money Money 2020 album and
Green Day's American Idiot.
Fighting burnout after Warning:, the band went into the studio to write and record new material for an album. After
completing 20 tracks — an impressive album according to those few who heard it — the master tapes were stolen from
the studio. The band chose not to try and re-create the stolen album but instead started over with a vow to be even more
The resulting 2004 album, American Idiot, is being billed as a "punk rock
opera", or more accurately a concept album, telling the story of
characters such as St. Jimmy, Jesus of Suburbia (probably each the same person,) and Whatsername. Two of the tracks, "Jesus of
Suburbia" and "Homecoming", composed in 5 different parts, are multi-movement suites that are both more than nine minutes long.
In Armstrong's words, "One day Mike was at the studio and he wrote a thirty-second song. I don't know, I liked it so I wanted to
do one too. The one that I did, I connected to his and then Tre did one and he connected it to mine and so on and so forth until
we had about ten minutes. It was just purely out of having a good time." The song "American Idiot" has been described by the band
as their public statement in reaction to the confusing and warped scene that is American pop culture since 9/11. Armstrong has
said that they chose to write this way because the band has obtained respect and sway in the music world, and that this social
commentary is part of their natural evolution as a band.
Some songs on the American Idiot CD come in pairs. Their album American Idiot won a Grammy in 2005 for Best Rock Album along with 5 other Grammy nominations. The
song "American Idiot" was featured in the video game NFL Madden 2005. The band at the moment are touring, promoting the album
with a largely successful dates, continuing the theatrics of the shows from the "Warning", "International Superhits!" and
"Shenanigans" tours by featuring a horn section dressed as a pink rabbit and a bumblebee, Billie Joe donning a crown and silk
cape for the song "King For A Day" and drawn-out performances of certain songs, where Billie Joe uses the instrumental sections
to interact with the crowd.
Although the "American Idiot" album and tour are landmarks for the band, they haven't hinted that they will stop with it and
also said that they don't feel at all at the peak of their careers. American Idiot will also become a movie and will begin
shooting some time in 2006. See also: American Idiot: The Motion Picture
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