Green Day Tickets and Tour
Green Day Tour: Once upon a time in East Bay, California, a band was formed by two youngsters named Billie Joe Armstrong and Mike Dirnt. Nobody ever imagined that one day they would become the famous rock band known only as Green Day.
But how did Green Day become such a famous rock band? Why did they become a rock band?Does the band have a fourth member? Does Billie still play the guitar he got from his mother? Was Green Day banned from playing at Gilman Street? Has Armstrong acted in shows and movies?What was their life like before fame?It’s time for me to answer all these questions and more since this is ASMR Aaron back at it again with another daily video to help you relax. So, lay back and enjoy the ride. I hope this video gets you through your day or even better I hope this read helps you gently fall asleep. I can’t wait to get started. This is the tale of Green Day.
Green Day arose from the Northern California underground punk scene. In 1987, childhood friends Billie Joe Armstrong (guitar, vocals) and Mike Dirnt (bass; born Mike Pritchard) formed their first band, Sweet Children, in Rodeo, California when they were 14 years old. By 1989, the group had added drummer Al Sobrante and changed its name to Green Day. That same year, the band independently released its first EP, 1000 Hours, which was well-received in the California hardcore punk scene. Debut full-length 39/Smooth and the Slappy EP arrived soon after in 1990. By 1991, the group had signed a contract with local independent label Lookout. Combining their first three efforts into one compilation, Green Day issued 1,039/Smoothed Out Slappy Hours for the label. Shortly after its release, the band replaced Sobrante with Tre Cool (born Frank Edwin Wright III), who became the band’s permanent drummer.
Billie Joe Armstrong was born on February 17, 1972, the youngest of six children to Andy and Ollie Armstrong from Rodeo, California. The family was strictly working class – Andy was a truck driver while Ollie worked as a part-time waitress at Rod’s Hickory Pit. A musical atmosphere surrounded Billie from birth – his father was a jazz drummer, and his mother, whom Andy Armstrong met at a gig, shared his love of music and dancing. Billie Joe and his siblings were alwaysencouraged to learn to play instruments – especially the drums.
When Billie was five years old, his mother took him to Fiatarone’s, a local music shop, to sign him and his sisters up for piano lessons. The owner thought that he had potential and brought him into the studio to hear his voice, and she was astounded. “We did ‘He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands’, and he could just move and change keys and sing right on pitch” remembers Marie Louise Fiatarone . Billie was then brought in to record “Look for Love”, a 7″” vinyl that pressed 800 copies and earned the budding star a 500-word article in the local newspaper. After he made the album, Andy put his youngest son’s potential to good use and took him on a mini-tour of Northern California, where elderly women fawned over this cute boy with a great voice. At seven years old, his parents bought him his first guitar to celebrate his success.
Unfortunately, when Billie was ten his father Andy was diagnosed with esophageal cancer. Four months later, in September 1982, Andy passed away. To support her six children, Ollie began working full-time at her waitressing job, therefore keeping her away from the family for much of the time. Billie comforted himself with records of bands his brother passed down to him, particularly The Beatles, and focused on learning to play the guitar, which he had an uncanny talent for. For Christmas one year, Ollie bought him the guitar that changed it all – “Blue” – from his guitar teacher, and since then it has appeared on almost every Green Day record and tour.
Michael Ryan Pritchard was born on May 4, 1972 in Oakland, California. His mother put him up for adoption soon after his birth because of her powerful addiction to heroin. When Michael was six weeks old, Cheryl Nasser and Patrick Pritchard took him in as a foster child, and they would eventually become his legal adoptive parents. His parents divorced when he was seven, after which time Mike briefly stayed with his father but eventually moved to Rodeo, California to be with his mother and sister Mycla.
Billie Joe and Mike met at 10 years old while attending Carquienez Middle School, and they formed an instant bond. “I think they just allowed each other to be themselves,” says Billie’s sister Anna Armstrong-Humann (“Nobody Likes You“, 2006). Soon after, Billie began teaching Mike how to play guitar, and he picked it up very quickly. The duo began jamming, which turned into song-writing sessions that they took very seriously which “made them a tight unit even before they had any rhythm section.” By the time the boys were in tenth grade, they had added friend Sean Hughes on drums. By eleventh grade, the whole band had transferred to Pinole Valley High School. They also had a permanent name – Sweet Children – after trying such oddities as Condom and Desecrated Youth.
Billie Joe and Mike dove into the punk scene, smoking weed, and honing their craft. Eventually, they met up with other punk rock kids in their area, and with them they finally felt as though they fit in somewhere, and that somewhere was 924 Gilman Street, the launching point of Green Day’s explosive career.
Throughout the early ’90s, Green Day continued to attract a cult following, which only gained strength with the release of their second album, 1992’s Kerplunk. The underground success of Kerplunk led to a wave of interest from major record labels, and the band eventually decided to sign with Reprise. Dookie, Green Day‘s major-label debut, was released in the spring of 1994. Thanks to MTV’s support of the initial single, “Longview,” Dookie became a major hit. The album continued to gain momentum throughout the summer, with its second single, “Basket Case,” spending five weeks on top of the American modern rock charts. At the end of the summer, the band stole the show at Woodstock ’94, which increased the sales of Dookie. By the time the fourth single, “When I Come Around,” began its seven-week stay at number one on the modern rock charts in early 1995, Dookie had sold over five million copies in the U.S. alone; it would eventually top ten million in America, selling over 15 million copies internationally. Dookie also won the 1994 Grammy for Best Alternative Music Performance.
Green Day quickly followed Dookie with Insomniac in the fall of 1995; during the summer, they hit number one again on the modern rock charts with “J.A.R.,” their contribution to the Angus soundtrack. Insomniac performed well initially, entering the U.S. charts at number two and selling over two-million copies by the spring of 1996, yet none of its singles — including the radio favorite “Brain Stew/Jaded” — was as popular as those from Dookie. In the spring of 1996, Green Day abruptly canceled a European tour, claiming exhaustion. Following the cancellation, the band spent the rest of the year resting and writing new material before issuing Nimrod in late 1997. Three years later, their long-awaited follow-up, a refreshingly poppy record titled Warning, was released. Another long wait preceded 2004’s American Idiot, an aggressive rock opera that became a surprise success — a chart-topper around the world, a multi-platinum Grammy winner, and easily the best-reviewed album of their career. Green Day reveled in the album’s success, hitting numerous award shows and performing as part of Live 8 in July 2005. That fall brought the release of Bullet in a Bible, a concert album that documented the trio’s expansive Idiot live show.
With their popularity and commercial viability restored, Green Day took on several small projects before returning to the studio. They contributed a cover of John Lennon‘s “Working Class Hero” to the charity album Instant Karma, appeared in The Simpsons Movie, and recorded an entire album of ’60s-styled rock & roll under the alias of Foxboro Hot Tubs. While presenting an award at the Grammys in early 2009, the band announced the impending release of Green Day‘s eighth album, 21st Century Breakdown, which had been recorded with veteran producer Butch Vig. In May of 2009, 21st Century Breakdown was released, picking up where American Idiot left off as another ambitious punk rock opera. The album was a commercial success, selling over 215,000 copies in its first three days of sales. In 2009, American Idiot was adapted for the stage, and the following year, Green Day lent their talents to the original cast recording, combining a driving score with Broadway vocal arrangements. The band released the live Awesome as F**k in 2011.
During the summer of 2012, Green Day unveiled their ambitious plans for the fall and winter: they would release not one but three new albums. The records — ¡Uno!, ¡Dos!, ¡Tré! — would appear in September 2012, November 2012, and January 2013, respectively, with each individual bandmember gracing one of the album covers on his own. The first, appropriately called ¡Uno!, was preceded by the disco-rock single “Kill the DJ” and the anthemic arena rocker “Oh Love.” ¡Uno! was set for a splashy release in September 2012, but the weekend prior to its release, Billie Joe Armstrong had an on-stage breakdown during a set Green Day played at the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas. Days later, it was announced that Armstrong entered rehab for substance abuse; not long afterward, the band’s touring plans for 2013 were canceled. ¡Dos! arrived as scheduled in November 2012 and ¡Tré! was moved up to a December release. Demolicious, a collection of 18 demos recorded during the making of their ¡Uno! ¡Dos! ¡Tré! trilogy, showed up in time for 2014’s Record Store Day release schedule.
In 2015, Green Day were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Following their induction, producer Rob Cavalloannounced that he had started work on a new album with the trio. As they labored on the new record, Green Day released a single called “Xmas Time of the Year” for the 2015 holiday. The raucous “Bang Bang” was the first taste of their 12th record, Revolution Radio, which arrived in October 2016. The album topped the charts around the globe and featured the radio hit “Still Breathing.” A year later, the group released a career-spanning compilation called Greatest Hits: God’s Favorite Band, which included the previously unreleased “Back in the USA.” Another retrospective release arrived in 2019, commemorating the band’s 25th anniversary of playing Woodstock ’94. Green Day Live!: Woodstock 1994 received a limited pressing for Record Store Day and debuted at number 156 on the Billboard 200.
If you’re wondering who that fourth guy in Green Day is, that’s Jason White. A touring musician with the band since 1999, he officially became a member in 2012. He also happens to be the lead singer of Armstrong’s other band, Pinhead Gunpowder.
If you have been to a Green Day show any time in the last 30 years, you may have noticed Billie Joe Armstrong playing a blue and white Fernandes Stratocaster with stickers and his initials on it. That’s Blue, the first electric guitar he ever owned. A gift from his mother, you can still see Armstrong playing Blue to this very day. The guitar is so iconic in fact, there is a company that makes replicas of the Strat for purchase.
When Green Day signed to major label Warner Reprise, the band was banned from playing at the famed 924 Gilman Street, where they got their start. The band recently got this ban overturned when they played the venue during a benefit concert. There is currently a tribute album in the works to benefit the venue featuring up-and-coming Bay Area bands covering Green Day’s album, ‘Dookie.’
Armstrong has acted in several shows and movies, as well as on Broadway. This includes a role in John Roecker’s (who also directed Green Day documentary “Heart Like a Hand Grenade”) “Live Freaky, Die Freaky,” as Charles Manson, a brief appearance in an episode of “Nurse Jackie,” and starring roles in the indie films “Like Sunday, Like Rain” and “Geezer.” Armstrong also finished out “American Idiot’s” Broadway run as St. Jimmy.
Billie Joe Armstrong married Adrienne Nesser on July 2, 1994, whom he met earlier during one of his performances. They have two sons, Joseph Marciano Armstrong and Jakob Danger Armstrong.
Dirnt married his first wife, Anastasia Serman, in 1996; they divorced in 1999. Anastasia and Dirnt had a daughter together, Estelle Desiree, who was born on December 20, 1996. He won full custody of his daughter in the summer of 2008 and took her to live in Oakland.
In 2004, he married girlfriend Sarah Garrity in a private villa in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. The two divorced that same year.
On March 14, 2009, he married Brittney Cade in a private ceremony in Brittney’s hometown of Ojai, California. Dirnt has two children with Cade: a son, Brixton Michael (born October 11, 2008), and a daughter, Ryan Ruby Mae (born November 29, 2010).
And so ends the tale of Green Day, the famous rock band, who lived happily ever after, touring the world so that fans can enjoy their great music.
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