Green Day

Formed 1989.
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Highlights of Green Day's Mains stage set at Reading Festival 2013

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Green Day is an American punk rock band formed in 1987 by lead vocalist and guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong and bassist and backing vocalist Mike Dirnt. For much of their career the band has been a trio with drummer Tré Cool. In 2012 guitarist and backing vocalist Jason White became a full member after playing in the band as a session and touring guitarist for 13 years. Cool replaced former drummer John Kiffmeyer in 1990, prior to the recording of the band's second studio album, Kerplunk (1992).

Green Day was originally part of the punk scene at the DIY 924 Gilman Street club in Berkeley, California. The band's early releases were from the independent record label Lookout! Records. In 1994, its major label debut Dookie released through Reprise Records became a breakout success and eventually sold over 10 million copies in the U.S. Green Day was widely credited, alongside fellow California punk bands Sublime, Bad Religion, the Offspring, and Rancid, with popularizing and reviving mainstream interest in punk rock in the United States.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of ¡Dos!

    ¡Dos! 2012

    Reviewed by Alistair Lawrence
    Middling-to-fair central act of seminal pop-punks’ 2012 album trilogy.
  2. Review of ¡Uno!

    ¡Uno! 2012

    Reviewed by Ian Winwood
    Californian punks’ ninth LP confirms their status as one of the world’s finest bands.
  3. Review of 39/Smooth; Kerplunk

    39/Smooth; Kerplunk 2011

    Reviewed by Ian Winwood
    A portrait as the artists as young punks on re-issued first and second albums.
  4. Review of Awesome as F**k

    Awesome as F**k 2011

    Reviewed by Alistair Lawrence
    Latest live release from snotty punks turned stadium-rock royalty.
  5. Review of 21st Century Breakdown

    21st Century Breakdown 2009

    Reviewed by Chris Jones
    You may not get any deep insights, but you are getting some great tunes.
  6. Review of American Idiot

    American Idiot 2004

    Reviewed by Richard Banks
    Rather like T.S. Eliot's epic modernist poem, The Waste Land, the album's fragmentary,...
  7. Review of Dookie

    Dookie 1994

    Reviewed by Helen Groom
    If you're looking for 40 minutes full of punk attitude, tunes and biting lyrics, you...
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