Pop-punk band Green Day has been preaching against the establishment for over 25 years. The band was formed in 1987 by frontman Billie Joe Armstrong and bassist Mike Dirnt; drummer Tre Cool would later join the band in 1990. Their first brush with stardom came with their major label debut album ‘Dookie’ in 1994. They found even more success with the release of their 1997 double-platinum album ‘Nimrod,’ which included that one song that was played at everyone’s prom and/or graduation for years to come. You know the one - it’s titled ‘Good Riddance (Time of Your Life).’ After that, the band’s popularity inexplicably declined, and they were nearly doomed to forever dwell in the annals of forgotten ‘90s bands until they made a comeback in 2004 with their punk rock opera ‘American Idiot’ - and what a comeback it was. The album had a different sound and tone than all of their others, which won over legions of new fans and made Green Day the best-selling punk rock band of all time.
Green Day is an American punk rock band formed in 1987. The band consists of lead vocalist and guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong, bassist and backing vocalist Mike Dirnt, drummer Tre Cool and guitarist and backing vocalist Jason White, who became full member after playing in the band as a session and touring guitarist for 13 years. Cool replaced former drummer John Kiffmeyer in 1990, prior to the recording of the band's second studio album, Kerplunk (1992). Green Day was originally part of the punk scene at 924 Gilman Street in Berkeley, California. The band's early releases were from the independent record label Lookout! Records. In 1994, its major label debut Dookie released through Reprise Records became a breakout success and eventually sold over 10 million copies in the U.S. Green Day was widely credited, alongside fellow California punk bands Sublime, The Offspring and Rancid, with popularizing and reviving mainstream interest in punk rock in the United States.
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