Personalities | Green Day | Twenty-First Century | Rock

(Vocal/instrumental group, 1987–present)

Billie Joe Armstrong (vocals, guitar), Tré Cool (drums) and Mike Dirnt (bass) formed Green Day in California in the late 1980s. By 1993 the trio had signed with Reprise, and Dookie (1993) was a global success. 1995 saw the release of Insomniac and the following year Nimrod. The atypical acoustic song ‘Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)’ remains a perennial favourite. 2000’s Warning was a further trek down the road of seriousness.

American Idiot (2004) took them three years to produce. From the melancholy of hit single ‘Wake Me Up When September Ends’ to the more traditional upbeat, punky sound of the title track, the record proved the band were still relevant and later titled a musical. The American Idiot tour took in some of the world’s biggest arenas. Nowadays Green Day are seen as innovators, not the bandwagon-jumpers many assumed they were.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock, general editor Michael Heatley


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