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 42)
Frankfurt, West Germany[4]
Origin Willits, California
Genres Punk rock, alternative rock, pop punk, hardcore punk, garage rock, new wave
Occupation(s) Musician, composer
Instruments Drums, Guitar
Years active 1985–present
Labels Reprise, Lookout!, Adeline
Associated acts Green Day, The Lookouts, The Network, Foxboro Hot Tubs, Samiam

Frank Edwin Wright III (born December 9, 1972), known by his stage name Tré Cool, is a German-American drummer, best known as the drummer for Green Day. He replaced the band'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. During his acceptance speech at the 2015 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, Tre credited Larry Livermore as the person who gave him his nickname, Tre Cool, when he was young.

When Green Day's drummer, John Kiffmeyer, left the band, the group recruited Tré Cool to be their drummer. In his second year, Tré 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 Tré Cool.[6] He is godfather to the children of Billie Joe Armstrong, lead singer/guitarist of Green Day.

Tré 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.'"[7]

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. Tré Cool has been the only person to ever do so.[8]

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 Tré 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.[9] 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".[10]

Musical style[edit]

Before joining Green Day, Tré 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 a while 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."[11] After playing with Green Day bassist Mike Dirnt, Tré Cool adopted a more rhythmic style with fewer drum fills to match Dirnt's bass riffs.[11]

Greg Kot of the Chicago Tribune referred to Tré 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."[12] His stage persona has also been compared to Moon.[13] Sound engineer Neill King, who worked with Green Day on Dookie, noted that Tré 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."[14]

Personal life[edit]

Tré Cool became a father on January 12, 1995, when his daughter was born; he then married his long-term girlfriend Lisea Lyons, but they divorced after a year.[15][16] In 2000 Tré Cool married Claudia Suarez (Bovino); his second child was born in 2001.[15] Tré Cool and Suarez divorced in 2003.[citation needed]

Singing and songwriting[edit]

Tré Cool sang and played guitar on the tracks "Dominated Love Slave" and the hidden song on f.o.d. "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 sang the subtrack "Rock and Roll Girlfriend" from the medley "Homecoming" featured on the album American Idiot. He also sang and composed the track "DUI" ("Driving Under the Influence"), which was recorded for Green Day's fifth studio album Nimrod (1997) and was due to be released on the compilation album Shenanigans in 2002, but was omitted and can only be found online.

During a radio interview at Washington DC's alternative station DC 101, Tré Cool sang and played acoustic guitar on a short song entitled "Like a Rat Does Cheese," a song about the pleasure of fellatio.

Several live tracks also exist, usually from around 1993, such as "Food Around the Corner", a song from the 1943 Elmer Fudd cartoon An Itch in Time. Another live track, "Billie Joe's Mom" was also recorded.

Tré Cool had also recorded a version 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]

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]

Tré 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. He currently uses SJC Custom Drums Remo Drumheads Zildjian Cymbals and Zildjian Trè Cool Artist Series Drum Sticks/ Stickbag.[citation needed]

{1994 Dw Kit}

Blue oyester finish.

20"x18" Bass Drum. 12"x9" Mounted Tom. 14"x10" Mounted Tom 14"x5" Snare Drum. 16"x16" Floor Tom.

Zildjian Cymbals:

14" K Hi Hats. 19" K Dark Medium Thin Crash. 19" A Medium Crash. 22" K Heavy Ride.

Dw 9000 Series Stands. Dw 5000 Pedal. Dw 5000D Hi Hat Stand.


{2000-2001 Drum Kit}

Slingerland Green "Spitfire" Trè Cool Signature Kit.

22"x18" Bass Drum. 14"x10" Mounted Tom. 14"x6 1/2" Radio King Snare Drum. 16"x16" Floor Tom.

Zildjian Cymbals:

14" K Hi Hats. 19" K Dark Medium Thin Crash. 20" A Custom Medium Ride (as a 2nd crash) 22" A Medium Ride.

Dw 9000 Hardware. Dw 5000 Pedal. Dw 5000D Hi Hat Stand.


{2004-2005 kit}

Ludwig Classic Maple Kit in Silver Sparkle Finish.

22"x18" Bass Drum. 14"x10" Mounted Tom. 16"x16" Floor Tom. 18"x16" Floor Tom.

• 14"x7" Noble & Cooley SS Classic Maple Snare Drum.

Zildjian Cymbals:

14" A MasterSound Top Hi Hat 14" Z Custom Dyno Beat Bottom Hi Hat. Aka "A/Z" Hi Hats. 19" K Dark Medium Thin Crash. 19" A Medium Thin Crash. 22" A Ping Ride . 21" A Series Ride (as a 3rd Crash) 20" Oriental China Trash

•Trè Used the 20" Oriental China Trash in 2004- Mid 2005 Shows. •Trè Used the 20" Oriental Classic China in Mid to later 2005 Shows.

Dw 9000 Series Hardware. Dw 8000 Single Pedal. Dw 5500TL Hi Hat Stand. Dw 5502LB Remote Hi Hat Stand with 8' Cable.


{2009-2010 Drum Kit. }

Leedy Custom Maple Kit in White Marine Nitron Finish.

22"x16" Bass Drum. 13"x9" Mounted Tom. 14"x6 1/2" Broadway Standard Snare with 42 Strand snare wires. 16"x16 " Floor Tom. 18"x16" Floor Tom.

Zildjian Cymbals:

14" K/Z Hi Hats. 19" K Dark Thin Crash. 19" A Medium Thin Crash. 22" A Ping Ride . 21" A Sweet Ride. (as a 3rd crash) 20" Oriental Classic China.

•in later 2010 Shows Trè can be seen using the 22" Oriental Classic China.


Dw 9000 Series Hardware. Dw 5000 Turbo Pedal. Dw 9500TB Hi Hat Stand. Tama HT-730 Ergo Rider Throne.

{2012-2013 Tour Kit.}

Gretsch USA Custom kit in Champagne Sparkel Finish.

22"x16" Bass Drum. 13"x9" Mounted Tom. 14"x6 1/2" Snare Drum. 16"x16" Floor Tom. 18"x16" Floor Tom.

Zildjian Cymbals.

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 3rd Crash) 19" K Custom Hybrid Trash Smash.

Gibraltar Hardware. Gibraltar Pedal. Gibraltar Throne.


{2014-2015 Drum Kit.} SJC Custom Kit in HoundsTooth over Marine Finish.

22"x18" Bass Drum. 13"x9" Mounted Tom. 14"x7" Snare Drum. 16"x16" Floor Tom. 18"x16" Floor Tom.

Zildjian Cymbals:

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 3rd Crash) 19" K Custom Hybrid Trash Smash.

Gibraltar Hardware. Gibraltar Pedal. Gibraltar Throne.


Misc Info** •in 2004-2005 Trè Used 2 LP OneShot Shakers Attached to his Dw 5502LB Remote Hi Hat Stand only for the into of "Wake me up when September Ends" •in 2004-2005 Trè Used a Round Tambourine Mounted on a L Arm Clampped to his crash ride stand only used for the intro of "Wake me up when September Ends"

•Trè Uses his own Sticks "Zildjian Trè Cool Artist Series Sticks" •Trè Uses his own Stick Bag. "Zildjian Trè Cool Artist Series Stick Bag"

•Trè's Zildjian 22" A Series Deep Ride is no longer Made and hasn't been for ages so that ride is rare to have which is why he's still using it since 2012. •Trè Used a Zildjian 22" A Medium Ride In 2001-2002

•MoonGel Dampner Pads. •Shure Drum Mics, Stands, and Cables. •Telefunkin Drum Mics, Stands, and Cables. •Trè Switched From Dw 9000 Hardware and 5000 Series Pedals to Gibraltar Hardware and Pedals in 2012. •Trè has been using the updated A Zildjian Cymbals since Late 2014.

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 February 6, 2014. 
  6. ^ a b c Tre Cool Biography. Greendayauthority.com. Retrieved on 2011-06-26.
  7. ^ Rolling Stone, January 26, 1995
  8. ^ "Tré Cool Climbs The MTV Globe". November 26, 2006. [dead link]
  9. ^ Tré Cool wins "Best Punk Drummer" in the 2011 Drummies. Greendayauthority.com1-07-07). Retrieved on 2013-03-19.
  10. ^ Wasoba, Ryan. (October 24, 2011) 2 The Six Best Drum Fills – St. Louis – Music – FTomusic – Page 2. Blogs.riverfronttimes.com Retrieved on 2013-03-19.
  11. ^ 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. 
  12. ^ Kot, Greg (September 26, 2004). "Review: American Idiot – Green Day". The Chicago Tribune (Tribune Company). Retrieved February 17, 2012. 
  13. ^ Paulson, Dave (July 30, 2009). "Green Day surprises with age". The Tennessean (Gannett Company). Retrieved February 17, 2012. 
  14. ^ Buskin, Richard (February 2, 2011). "Green Day: 'Basket Case' – Classic Tracks". Sound on Sound. SOS Publications Group. Retrieved February 17, 2012. 
  15. ^ a b http://www.greendayauthority.com/band/tre.php
  16. ^ http://www.geekstinkbreath.net/greenday/article/tres-support-system/
  17. ^ Joal Ryan (August 9, 2007). "The "Chocolate" Reign of Tay Zonday". Retrieved 2007-08-10. 

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