Personalities | Green Day | In The Beginning (1986–92) | An Overview
Although Green Day is now one of the biggest bands in the world, selling out stadiums from America to Australia, there would not have been a band had it not been for 924 Gilman Street. It was this legendary musical co-operative venue in Berkeley, California, that gave the aspirations of Billie Joe Armstrong and Michael Ryan Pritchard focus and a desire to translate from members of the audience to performers on the stage.
Once this ambition had been realized – assisted vitally by original drummer John Kiffmeyer – Green Day began to play wherever they could. They soon signed to small independent label Lookout! Records to record EPs and two full-length LPs. Early tours of America and Europe honed their musicianship, playing venues from squats to small punk venues. Tre Cool replaced the departing Kiffmeyer, and Green Day began to attract a growing number of fans.
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