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(NETHERLANDS OUT) NETHERLANDS – OCTOBER 26: Photo of GREEN DAY; Mike Dirnt, Billie Joe Armstrong, Tre Cool (Photo by Lex van Rossen/MAI/Redferns)


LOS ANGELES, CA – NOVEMBER 20: Musicians Mike Dirnt, Billie Joe Armstrong and Tré Cool of Green Day attends the 2016 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 20, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)




-Lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong and bassist Mike Dirnt went to Pinhole Valley High School in Pinhole Valley, California

-Green Day’s original name was ‘Sweet Children’ and included a different drummer by the name of Al Sobrante

-Green Day made their debut at Rod’s Hickory Pit in El Cerrito Thirty friends gathered to hear the first-ever Green Day concert. Billie Joe’s mother, Ollie, got them the gig because she was working there as a waitress at the time.

-924 Gilman Street, a DIY punk Venue in Berkeley became world famous after hosting Green Day, Rancid and other Bay Area legends early in their careers

-The song ’86’ off of Green Day’s sophomore release, Insomniac, was a direct retaliation against people who barred them from returning to Gilman

-In 2001, Green Day snuck back on the Gilman stage and played a secret show after punk band ‘The Influents’ finished their set. None of the staff knew this plan, but deep down I bet they all gave them back their punk cred.

-Green Day was signed to Lookout! Records in 1990 and released two albums, 1039 Smoothed Out Slappy Hours and Kerplunk! before hitting it big with 1994’s Dookie

-Mike Dirnt and Billie Joe Armstrong have recently created a coffee company called ‘Oakland Coffee’

-‘Dookie”s first three singles all topped Billboard’s Modern Rock chart: Longview, Basket Case and When I Come Around

-Billie Joe Armstrong was given his first guitar at the age of 10. It was a Fender Stratocaster that he nicknamed “Blue”. Billie received unconventional lessons, never fully learning how to read music, but rather learned finger placement.

-Mike Pritchard, bassist for the band, goes by the last name ‘Dirnt’. He got this name in high school, where he constantly played air-bass-guitar while singing “dirnt, dirnt, dirnt”.

-The song “Wake Me Up When September Ends” is a tribute to Armstrong’s father, who died of cancer in September 1982.

-During a mud fight started by the band at Woodstock 1994, Dirnt was so covered in mud that he was mistaken for a stage-rushing fan. Security roughed him up so bad that he lost some teeth.








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