Breaking into the pop mainstream during the post Nirvana era, Green Day immediately established themselves as punk revivalists. Introducing the younger generation to late 70s’ punk sound, their music was catchy, energetic and packed the right amount of punch.
Green Day has been active on the music scene for more than 30 years, selling millions of records and performing at countless sold-out concerts. The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame trio, Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt, and Tré Cool continue to sell out Green Day tickets and they show no signs of slowing down. Together they endured the music industry’s changing tides, experienced incredible highs and desperate lows to become one of the enduring punk rock-pop bands today.
The band is touring in support of their 2016’s album “Revolution Radio”, along with the opening act Catfish and the Bottlemen. The music industry rarely allows a punk band to age well, but Green Day has defied the odds and managed to sustain their longevity through their ingenious body of work.
Early Life & Influences
Childhood friends, Billie Joe Armstrong and Mike Dirnt were fourteen when they began performing as Sweet Children. The name however, didn’t match their punk sound and they later decided to call themselves Green Day. John Kiffmeyer remained with the band as a drummer for their debut EP “39/Smooth” but he left soon after and his place was taken by Tré Cool.
But who influenced Green Day?
Hardcore punk trio Hüsker Dü was the early inspiration for the band. Their fusion of diverse, melodic music with intense punk propelled them to fame and just like countless others, Joe Armstrong and Mike Dirnt were inspired as well. The Replacements and the Ramones also played an important role in shaping their sound as they opted for minimalist, simple rhythm and abstained from heavily produced, bombastic melodies.
Most punk bands burned briefly but brightly. Green Day however, changed that. They didn’t go out in a blaze but instead remained relevant by composing alternative pop punk rock.
Breakthrough & Recognition
Green Day was pop-punk band, but they were not a typical punk ensemble. The Bay Area trio created music that was neither abrasive nor heavy. While their first two releases “39/Smooth” and “Kerplunk” didn’t make much of an impact on the music charts, it developed a solid fan base. And then in February of 1994 “Dookie” happened.
Hitting the shelves in 1994, it became Green Day’s breakthrough album and sold over two million units. A classic staple of alternative rock, “Dookie” was described as, “punk rock-meets-pop with gallows humor and casual swears”.
Featuring high-powered songs and Armstrong’s unique foggy voice, the album won a Grammy Award for the Best Alternative Music Album. Reaching the Billboard 200, it also made it to Rolling Stone’s The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list.
Billie Joe was especially lauded for his mature songwriting. Melodic hooks, catchy bass lines and top-notch drumming made “Dookie” a stellar modern punk piece. The songs “Longview”, “When I Come Around” and “Basket Case” topped the Billboard Alternative Songs chart.
Thanks to five Grammy Awards and a Rock n Roll Hall of Fame induction, Green Day has become one of the most successful punk rock bands in the world.
Notable Work & Album Releases
Since their formation, Green Day has released 12 studio albums. After the blockbuster “Dookie”, the band released three moderately successful albums, Insomniac (1995), Nimrod (1997) and Warning (2000). Punk, rock opera “American Idiot” arrived in 2004 and the politically charged, energetic effort became their next album.
The 13-track “American Idiot” featured power chords, tying together anger, heartbreak, disillusionment and scathing wit. A glorious concept album, it won a Grammy Award for the Best Rock Album. The album’s success inspired a Broadway musical by the same name, directed by Michael Mayer. American Idiot – Musical won two Tony Awards and the Best Musical Show Album Grammy Award.
Green Day’s latest album “Revolution Radio” came out in 2016 and topped the Billboard 200. It reached the number one position on the UK, Spanish and New Zealand music charts. Rolling Stone called Green Day “Older, Wiser, Mad as Hell in Revolution Radio”. A vibrant punk rock album, it’s driven by Tré Cool’s combustible drumming, Armstrong’s explosive vocals and Dirnt’s powerful bass. The single “Bang Bang” stands out as a classic punk number, making it to the band’s hit songs list.
Green Day – What’s Next
Love for music, the passion for performing live and the desire to make new records is what this East Bay California band is all about. On their Revolution Radio Tour, Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt, and Tré Cool are inspiring and being inspired as well. Every night on their tour they are inviting a fan onstage to play the guitar. Calling it a therapeutic experience, Green Day are perhaps looking for inspiration through their fans.
Green Day tickets 2017 are selling fast. The alternative pop punk rock band will be performing anthemic singles like Still Breathing, Boulevard of Broken Dreams and Forever Now for their fans. It is the perfect marriage of politically charged message and punk rock. Don’t miss out on Green Day performances happening near you.