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Green Day at 2009 MTV Video Music Awards.
Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong performing at their 21st Century Breakdown release party on 7 May 2009.

Green Day is an American punk rock band formed in 1987. The band has consisted of lead vocalist and guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong, bassist and backing vocalist Mike Dirnt, and drummer Tré Cool for the majority of its existence.

Green Day was originally part of the punk scene at 924 Gilman Street in Berkeley, California. The band's early releases for independent record label Lookout! Records earned it a grassroots fanbase. 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.

Green Day has sold over 65 million records worldwide and 24.5 million in the US alone. They have won four Grammy Awards; Best Alternative Album for Dookie, Best Rock Album for American Idiot, Record of the Year for "Boulevard of Broken Dreams", and Best Rock Album for the second time for 21st Century Breakdown.

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American Idiot is a one-act, through-sung, stage musical. The show is an adaptation of rock band Green Day's concept album of the same name. Additional Green Day songs were interpolated from other sources, including 21st Century Breakdown. The book is by lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong and director Michael Mayer. The lyrics are by Armstrong, and the music is written by Armstrong and band mates Mike Dirnt and Tré Cool.

The story, expanded from that of the concept album, centers on Johnny, a disaffected youth who flees stifling suburbia and his parents' restrictions to look for meaning in his life, and to try out the freedom and excitement of the city. One of his friends stays home to work out his relationship with his pregnant girlfriend. Another friend serves in Iraq. Johnny finds a part of himself that he grows to dislike, has a relationship and experiences lost love.

After a run at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre 2009, the show moved to Broadway, beginning previews at the St. James Theatre on March 24, 2010 and officially opened on April 20, 2010. Green Day does not appear in the production, but the show has an onstage band.

The show opened to mixed to positive reviews from critics, but got an all-important rave from The New York Times. American Idiot won two 2010 Tony Awards: Best Scenic Design of a Musical for Christine Jones, and Best Lighting Design of a Musical for Kevin Adams. It also received a nomination for Best Musical.

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Mike Dirnt performing in Cardiff on the tour for American Idiot.

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Tré Cool (born Frank Edwin Wright III; December 9, 1972) is a German-born American drummer for the punk rock band Green Day. He replaced the band's former drummer John Kiffmeyer in 1989. He has also played in Samiam, The Lookouts, and the Green Day side projects The Network and Foxboro Hot Tubs.

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Why are there no clouds in the sky? Because God wants to see his favorite band play!
Tré Cool (1972 – present day)
Bullet in a Bible
2005

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  • ...that Dookie was ranked #7 on VH1's 50 Greatest Album Covers?

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