Personalities | Green Day | Decline In Popularity (1998–2002) | An Overview
Although Insomniac had failed to repeat the commercial success of Dookie, it had maintained Green Day’s international momentum. Their constant touring had worn out their mental joints, leading to the cancellation of European dates in 1996; a period of reflection and musical re-evaluation followed.
The gap between Nimrod (1997) and Warning (2000) removed Green Day from public eye and, coupled with musical experimentation, saw tours being booked into smaller venues. Green Day still performed with their customary energy and enthusiasm, but it was before a diminished but loyal fanbase. Despite the appearance of the evergreen single ‘Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)’, the release of compilation album International Superhits! (2001), touring as support to copyists Blink-182 and the subsequent abandonment of Cigarettes And Valentines in 2002 suggested that as a musical engine Green Day were running out of steam.
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