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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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Kerplunk! is the second full-length album by punk rock band Green Day. It was released on January 17, 1992 on Lookout! Records. Kerplunk! was their last release on an independent label and was also the first album to feature their current band lineup, with Tré Cool on drums. Major labels took notice of Kerplunk!'s phenomenal popularity and many approached the band. Green Day realized that they had outgrown their record distribution capacity with Lookout! and eventually signed with Reprise Records. With Reprise, Green Day would record and release their third album Dookie (1994).
The album officially includes only 12 tracks, but the versions released on CD and cassette also include the 4 tracks from the Sweet Children EP. One of those 4 tracks is a cover of The Who's "My Generation". Another notable track on the album is "Welcome to Paradise", which the band would re-record for their next album Dookie.
As of November 2006, Kerplunk! has sold 699,001 units in the United States.
In August 2005, Green Day pulled this album, as well as all of their other material released through the label, from Lookout! due to unpaid royalties. It was reissued on CD by Reprise Records, who Green Day has been with since leaving Lookout!, on January 9, 2007. Note that in Europe, the album was released by Epitaph Europe, and has remained in print. It was reissued on vinyl on March 24, 2009 by Reprise Records and includes a reissue of the Sweet Children EP.
In December 2007, Blender magazine ranked Kerplunk! #47 on their list, "The 100 Greatest Indie Rock Albums Ever".
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Green Day performing during a secret show at the Kesselhaus in Berlin on May 7, 2009.
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Jason Jeremy Freese (born in Orange County, California, on January 12, 1975) plays piano/keyboard, guitar, tenor saxophone, and backing vocals in Green Day. He is also a member of Green Day's side project Foxboro Hot Tubs. Jason has also played for other artists/bands including Dr. Dre, Weezer, Jewel, NOFX, Lenny Kravitz, Queens of the Stone Age, Busta Rhymes, the Goo Goo Dolls, Joe Walsh, Feist, The Vandals and Liz Phair. Jason is also an ordained minister and carried out the marriage ceremony of singer/songwriter Jewel and her 8 time world champion bull rider husband Ty Murray in the Bahamas in August 2008. Jason currently resides in Fullerton California with his wife Amy and son Tennessee. His brother Josh Freese plays drums with Weezer, A Perfect Circle, Sting, The Vandals and Devo, and formerly with Nine Inch Nails and Guns N' Roses.
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