Tré Cool

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Tré Cool
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Background information
Birth name Frank Edwin Wright III
Also known as Tré Cool[1][2]
The Snoo[3]
Born (1972-12-09) December 9, 1972 (age 41)
Frankfurt, West Germany[4]
Origin Willits, California, US
Genres Punk rock, alternative rock, pop punk, hardcore punk, garage rock, new wave
Occupations Musician, Composer
Instruments Drums, vocals, accordion, guitar, percussion, piano, violin
Years active 1985–present
Labels Reprise, Lookout!, Adeline
Associated acts Green Day, The Lookouts, The Network, Foxboro Hot Tubs, Samiam

Tré Cool (born Frank Edwin Wright III; December 9, 1972) is an American drummer, best known as the drummer for Green Day. He replaced the group's former drummer John Kiffmeyer in 1990. Cool has also played in The Lookouts, Samiam and the Green Day side-projects The Network and the Foxboro Hot Tubs.

Life and career[edit]

Frank Edwin Wright III was born in Frankfurt, West Germany. He lived in Willits, California with his father and his elder sister Lori. He has German heritage, and his father was a helicopter pilot during the Vietnam War.[5][6] Wright's closest neighbor was Larry Livermore, who at the time was the singer of the punk band The Lookouts. When Wright was 12, Livermore recruited him as the drummer of The Lookouts. And Tre took on the name of "Tré Cool",[6] relying on both the French word "très" (meaning "very") and the English word "cool" as a way of saying he was "very cool". However, the silent "s" has been dropped in the spelling, as a play on the "third" in his name. A common misconception is that Larry Livermore gave Tré Cool his full nickname; however, he was known as "Tré" long before he joined The Lookouts.[7]

When Green Day's drummer, John Kiffmeyer, left the band, the group recruited Cool to be its drummer. In his sophomore year, Cool dropped out of high school and opted to earn a GED. He began taking classes at a local community college but would later drop out as well as the band became a more time consuming priority. During this time the band considered breaking up because it took a long time to adjust to playing with Cool.[6] He is the godfather of lead singer/guitarist of Green Day, Billie Joe Armstrong's children.

Cool's father was supportive and overhauled a bookmobile to transport the band. He would later say: "I watched them go from a bunch of kids to a group of musicians with work ethic", also adding: "On their first tour or two, it was more of a party than anything else. I still scratch my head and say, 'How in the hell did they make it?' They used to practice in my living room here – a lot of the songs they did on Dookie. You hear it coming together, and you don't expect people are going to go out and buy it. But when it does, you just say, 'Wow that's so cool.'"[8]

In 1998, after Green Day won a "Moon Man" Trophy at the MTV Music Awards, Tré Cool famously scaled the Universal Globe at Universal Studios, but escaped with no punishment, only compliments and cheers. Cool has been the only person to ever do so.[9]

In December 2012 Green Day released the third of their trilogy albums entitled ¡Tré! in honour of the drummer. The song "Fell For You" on Green Day's album ¡Uno! was originally entitled "Fell For Snoo" (Snoo being Cool's nickname), as seen on the documentary making of the trilogy, ¡Cuatro!.

Tré Cool won "Best Punk Drummer" in DRUM! Magazine's 2011 Drummies, which recognizes some of the best drummers across music genres.[10] He was also featured in the Nitpick Six: The Six Best Drum Fills and ranked in at number 6 for the intro to "Basket Case".[11]

Musical style[edit]

Before joining Green Day, Cool employed a more intricate drumming style. He explained that "When I started, I had too many drums. I was a little reggae-happy and into fancier beats than was needed. It took me awhile to get it: Play the song, don't play the instrument. I started figuring out how to make the band a stronger unit, to make it jump."[12] After playing with Green Day bassist Mike Dirnt, Cool adopted a more rhythmic style with fewer drum fills to match Dirnt's bass riffs.[12]

Greg Kot of the Chicago Tribune referred to Cool as "Green Day's most potent weapon", adding that "His monstrous kick-drum wallop evokes John Bonham, while his manic fills make him punk's answer to Keith Moon."[13] His stage persona has also been compared to Moon.[14] Sound engineer Neill King, who worked with Green Day on Dookie, noted that Cool shares Moon's "wild animal approach" to playing drums, and explained that the band encountered difficulties while recording "Basket Case" due to his unpredictable style: "It’s not that Tré wasn’t a good drummer, but in terms of his performances we wanted the best of the best...So, although we wanted him to do all of his wild fills and crazy drumming, we couldn’t just let him go. He’d drift in and out of time, which is terrific live, but which was unacceptable on radio at that time."[15]

Personal life[edit]

Cool was the first member of Green Day to become a father on January 12, 1995 with the birth of his daughter Ramona Isabel. Ramona recently appeared as a Kit Kat girl in the Brandeis Theater Company's production of Cabaret. Cool's second child Frankito (meaning "Little Frank") was born on March 26, 2001. He is the godson of Billie Joe Armstrong. Cool is also the godfather of Armstrong's two children, Joseph and Jakob. The usually private Armstrong and Cool spent summer of 2013 in Newport Beach with their children between touring and sent pictures of themselves with their kids to Green Day's Facebook page. Frankito also joined Cool and Armstrong on the field, while Cool threw out the first pitch at the A's game on Green Day's "Firework Night In Oakland" on August 31, 2013.[16]

Singing and songwriting[edit]

Cool sang and played guitar on the tracks "Dominated Love Slave" and "All by Myself", from Kerplunk and Dookie, respectively, both of which he wrote and composed (on "Dominated Love Slave", guitarist and vocalist Billie Joe Armstrong played drums). He wrote and sarsion of Tay Zonday's "Chocolate Rain." It was posted on YouTube on August 1, 2007. His cover was mentioned in several news journals.[17]

Discography[edit]

Green Day[edit]

DVD[edit]

  • Bullet in a Bible (film; 2005) – drums, himself, backing vocals
  • Awesome as Fuck (film; 2011) – drums, himself, backing vocals

The Lookouts[edit]

  • One Planet One People (1987) – drums, vocals, lead vocals on "The Mushroom Is Exploding"
  • Spy Rock Road (1989) – drums, lead vocals on "That Girl's from Outer Space"

Foxboro Hot Tubs[edit]

The Network[edit]

  • Money Money 2020 (2003) – drums, lead vocals on "Hungry Hungry Models" (as The Snoo)

Other media appearances[edit]

Equipment[edit]

Cool has used drums of different companies over the years, including drums built by DW (Drum Workshop), Ayotte, Slingerland, Sherwood, Ludwig, Leedy and Gretsch drums and Zildjian cymbals. He currently uses SJC Custom Drums.

American Idiot Drum Setup:

Drum Set: Five piece Ludwig Classic Maple Series Kit in Silver Sparkle Finish with Remo Drumheads

  • 22"×18" Bass drum with a Clear Powerstroke 3 on batter and Ebony Powerstroke 3 (with Green Day's American Idiot logo) on reso
  • 14"×10" Rack Tom with a Coated Emperor on batter and Clear Ambassador on reso
  • 16"×16" Floor Tom with a Coated Emperor on batter and Clear Ambassador on reso
  • 18"×16" Floor Tom with a Coated Emperor on batter and Clear Ambassador on reso
  • 14"x7" Noble & Cooley Classic SS Series Snare with a Coated Powerstroke 3 on Batter and hazy snare side Ambassador on reso (Tré occasionally used a 14"6 1/2" Ludwig Black Beauty Snare)
  • 14" K/Z Special Hi-hats
  • 19" K Dark Medium Thin Crash
  • 19" A Medium Thin Crash
  • 22" A Ping Ride
  • 21" A Sweet Ride (Used as Crash). A 21" Bosphorus (Used as a Crash for later 2005 Shows)
  • 20" FX Oriental Classic China (Tré occasionally used the 20" FX Oriental China "Trash" (Very Rarely)

21st Century Breakdown Drum Setup

Drum Set: Five piece Leedy Custom Maple Kit in White Marine Nitron Finish with Remo Drumheads

  • 22"x16" Bass drum with a Clear Powerstroke 3 on batter and Smooth White Powerstroke 3 (with Green Day's 21st Century Breakdown logo) on reso
  • 13"x9" Mounted Tom with a Coated Emperor on batter and Clear Ambassador on reso
  • 16"×16" Floor Tom with a Coated Emperor on batter and Clear Ambassador on reso
  • 18"×16" Floor Tom with a Coated Emperor on batter and Clear Ambassador on reso
  • 14"x6 1/2" Leedy Broadway Standard Snare with a Coated Emperor x on batter and hazy snare side Ambassador on reso
  • 14" K/Z Special Hi-hats
  • 19" K Dark Thin Crash
  • 19" A Medium Thin Crash
  • 22" A Ping Ride
  • 21" A Sweet Ride (as a Crash)
  • 20" FX Oriental Classic China.

¡Uno!’ ‘¡Dos!’ ‘¡Tré!’ Setup:

Drum Set: Gretcsh 5pc USA Custom Kit Champagne Sparkel finsh, and Remo Heads

  • 22"x16" Bass drum with Clear Powerstroke 3 on batter and a Powerstroke 3 (with "¡Uno!" "¡Dos!" and "¡Tré!" logo) on the Resonant.
  • 13"x9" Mounted Tom with a Coated Emperor on the batter, and a Clear Ambassador on the reso.
  • 16"×16" Floor Tom with Coated Emperor on the batter, and clear ambassador on the reso.
  • 18"×16" Floor Tom with Coated Emperor on the batter, and clear ambassador on the reso.
  • 14"x6 1/2" USA Custom Wood Snare Drum with an Emperor Coated X on the Batter and a hazy snare side Ambassador on the reso.
  • 14" K/Z Hi Hats
  • 19" K Dark Thin Crash
  • 19" A Medium Thin Crash
  • 22" A Deep Ride
  • 21" A Sweet Ride (as a Crash)
  • 19" K Custom Hybrid Trash Smash

Tré has been seen using the updated A Zildjian cymbals that came out early 2013. He played them during the last Australlian shows in 2014.


SJC Custom Kit with HoundsTooth over Marine Finish.

  • 14.5x22 Bass Drum
  • 9x13 Rack Tom
  • 16x16 Floor Tom
  • 16x18 Floor Tom
  • 7x14 Snare

Cymbals-Zildjian

  • 14" K/Z Hi Hats
  • 19" K Dark Thin Crash
  • 19" A Medium Thin Crash
  • 22" A Deep Ride
  • 21" A Sweet Ride (Used as a Crash)
  • 19" K Custom Hybrid Trash Smash

SJC Custom Kit with Custom Bunny/TC Shield Wrap

  • 15x24 Bass Drum
  • 9x13 Rack Tom
  • 16x16 Floor Tom
  • 16x18 Floor Tom
  • 7x14 Snare

Cymbals-Zildjian

  • 14" K/Z Hi Hats
  • 19" K Dark Thin Crash
  • 19" A Medium Thin Crash
  • 22" A Deep Ride
  • 21" A Sweet Ride (Used as a Crash)
  • 19" K Custom Hybrid Trash Smash

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The spelling Tré is used in the opening and closing credits of the Bullet in a Bible DVD.
  2. ^ This article on the Bullet in a Bible DVD repeats the Tré spelling found in the credits.
  3. ^ Owen, Chess. "Names -> Music Performer Pseudonyms -> S". Retrieved 2008-05-12. "The Snoo, Frank Edwin Wright LXI, Tré's cover name when he plays in the band The Network" 
  4. ^ Tre Cool Biography. Greendayauthority.com. Retrieved on 2011-06-26.
  5. ^ "Band - Biography". GREEN DAY INC. Retrieved 6 February 2014. 
  6. ^ a b c Tre Cool Biography. Greendayauthority.com. Retrieved on 2011-06-26.
  7. ^ larrylivermore.com: That Damned Exclamation Point. Larrylivermore.blogspot.com (2009-09-13). Retrieved on 2011-06-26.
  8. ^ Rolling Stone, January 26, 1995
  9. ^ "Tré Cool Climbs The MTV Globe". 26 Nov 2006. [dead link]
  10. ^ Tre Cool wins "Best Punk Drummer" in the 2011 Drummies. Greendayauthority.com1-07-07). Retrieved on 2013-03-19.
  11. ^ Wasoba, Ryan. (2011-10-24) 2 The Six Best Drum Fills – St. Louis – Music – FTomusic – Page 2. Blogs.riverfronttimes.com Retrieved on 2013-03-19.
  12. ^ a b Fricke, David (May 15, 2009). "Tre Cool on Growing Up Punk and Finding Green Day's Groove". Rolling Stone. Jann Wenner. Retrieved February 17, 2012. 
  13. ^ Kot, Greg (September 26, 2004). "Review: American Idiot – Green Day". The Chicago Tribune (Tribune Company). Retrieved February 17, 2012. 
  14. ^ Paulson, Dave (July 30, 2009). "Green Day surprises with age". The Tennessean (Gannett Company). Retrieved February 17, 2012. 
  15. ^ Buskin, Richard (February 2, 2011). "Green Day: 'Basket Case' – Classic Tracks". Sound on Sound. SOS Publications Group. Retrieved February 17, 2012. 
  16. ^ "Videos,Photos". NEWS10. Retrieved 2014-07-16. 
  17. ^ Joal Ryan (August 9, 2007). "The "Chocolate" Reign of Tay Zonday". Retrieved 2007-08-10. 

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