Green Day is a pop punk band based in California, USA, consisting of Billie Joe Armstrong on lead vocals and guitar; Mike Dirnt, born Michael Ryan Pritchard, on Bass and backing vocals; and , born Frank Edwin Wright III, on drums. Close associate Jason White
(from Little Rock,Arkansas) has served as a second guitarist on the tours supporting their 2000 and 2004 albums. Musician Jason Freese has played a variety of instruments with the band, including keyboards on tour.
Billie Joe and Mike began the band as ‘Sweet Children’ near San Francisco, CA in 1987. In 1989, they changed the band’s name to ‘Green Day.’ After the original drummer Al Sobrante (John Kiffmeyer) left for college in 1990, Tré Cool joined the band. Green Day released two albums, 1,039/Smoothed Out Slappy Hours and Kerplunk! with Lookout! Records before their breakthrough album, Dookie, was released in 1994 under Reprise Records. Just before this release however, many feared the end of Green Day as Billie Joe was at the time spending more and more time playing in his Status Quo tribute band “Status Joe.”
Dookie was certified diamond (10 million copies shipped) in the United States. Their second best-selling album, American Idiot, released in 2004, has sold over eleven million copies worldwide, and won the 2005 Grammy Award for “Best Rock Album”. In 2005 Green Day swept the MTV Video Music Awards, winning seven out of eight nominations: “Video of the Year,” “Best Rock Video,” “Best Group Video,” “Best Direction,” “Best Editing,” “Best Cinematography” (all of which were for Boulevard of Broken Dreams), and the “Viewer’s Choice Award” for American Idiot. In addition to their American Music Award wins for “Favorite Alternative Artist” and “Favorite Pop/Rock Album” for American Idiot, Green Day won the 2006 Grammy Award for Record of the Year for “Boulevard of Broken Dreams.”
Green Day went back into the studio and recorded a medley with U2, which was performed on September 25th at the re-opening of the Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. Songs consisted of Wake Me Up When September Ends, The Saints Are Coming and Beautiful Day.
They are going back in studio to record a new album coming out sometime in 2008. In an interview, they said that they have several songs on the piano and that they are just trying to figure things out for their next album. They recently released the new single Working Class Hero, which is a cover first released by John Lennon. In 2007 they also released their own version of The Simpsons theme song, which they performed in The Simpsons Movie as cartoon versions of themselves.