Punk is not dead!
Green Day is an American punk rock band formed in 1987 consisting of lead vocalist and guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong, bassist and backing vocalist Mike Dirnt, and drummer Tre Cool.
Green Day was originally part of the punk rock scene which gathered at the famed club 924 Gilman Street in Berkeley, California. The band independently released its first EP, ‘1000 Hours’, which was well-received in the California hardcore punk scene. Soon, the group had signed a contract with the local independent label Lookout. Green Day's first full album, ‘1,039/Smoothed Out Slappy Hour’, was released later that year. In late 1990, shortly after the band's first nationwide tour, Green Day's original drummer Al Sobrante left the East Bay area to attend college. The Lookout’s drummer Tre Cool filled the drummer position permanently. Green Day’s second album, ‘Kerplunk’ was released in 1992 and sold about 50,000 copies in the U.S which let to their break out success in 1994-1996.
The group signed with Reprise Records in April 1993, leaving Lookout friendly, some of whom felt alienated when the band signed to a major label. Nevertheless, its major label debut ‘Dookie’ (1994) became a breakout success and eventually sold over 10 million copies in the U.S. and 15 million worldwide. As a result, Green Day was widely credited, alongside fellow California punk bands The Offspring and Rancid, with reviving mainstream interest in and popularizing punk rock in the United States. Green Day's three follow-up albums, ‘Insomniac’, ‘Nimrod’ and ‘Warning’ did not achieve the massive success of ‘Dookie’, but they were still successful, reaching double platinum, double platinum, and gold status respectively.
Green Day's 2004 rock opera ‘American Idiot’ reignited the band's popularity with a younger generation, selling five million copies in the U.S. The band's eighth studio album, ‘21st Century Breakdown’, was released in 2009 which achieved the band's best chart performance to date. The band will be releasing an album trilogy titled ‘¡Uno!’, ‘¡Dos!’, and ‘¡Tré!’ on September 25, 2012, November 13, 2012, and January 15, 2013 respectively.
Green Day has sold over 65 million records worldwide and 22 million records in the United States. They have won three Grammy Awards; Best Alternative Album for ‘Dookie’, Best Rock Album for ‘American Idiot’, and Record of the Year for ‘Boulevard of Broken Dreams.