Green Day

Green Day has come a long way since their roots at 924 Gilman Street in Berkeley. Consisting of Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt and Tré Cool, the band got their start at Lookout! Records. In 1994, they had their major label debut with Dookie, which would go on to sell over 10 million copies in the United States alone.

Dookie was a hit with strong singles like “Longview,” “When I Come Around” and “Basket Case.” They would follow up this record with Insomniac, Nimrod and Warning. However, the band saw a second resurgence in popularity with one of the biggest records of the 2000s: American Idiot. The punk rock opera depicts American life under the rule of an idiot president who allows people to become misinformed by the media. It was an album for modern times, and it would go on to win Best Rock Album at the Grammy Awards.

Following the success of American Idiot, it was time for the band to do something few rock bands have been able to do before. They created their own Broadway musical based on songs from the album and their subsequent work 21st Century Breakdown. They are widely believed to be one of the most popular rock bands of the last 20 years, and they created a newfound interest in punk rock. In 2015, the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, solidifying their place amongst the greats.

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