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Green Day (formed in 1986) is a hugely popular and influential American punk rock band that have grown to become one of the most successful modern rock bands of their generation, hailing from East Bay, California, U.S.
The roots of Green Day date back to 1986 when 14 year-old school friends Billie Joe Armstrong and Mike Dirnt formed the group Sweet Children. Sean Hughes joined on bass and Raj Punjabi on drums, both of whom played at the band’s debut concert at Rod’s Hickory Put in Vellejo, California. Bassist Hughes subsequently left before the band signed with Lookout! Records, who released Green Day’s debut EP “1,000 Hours” in 1989. The name was soon changed to Green Day and the band released their debut full-length album “39/Smooth” in April 1990. A pair of EPs followed before the band embarked on their debut nationwide tour in 1990 and European tour in 1992 and 1993.
The success of the group’s sophomore album led the band to sign with the major label Reprise Records, through which Green Day were able to release their third album “Dookie”. Released in February 1994, “Dookie” marked the band’s commercial breakthrough aided by the Modern Rock Chart No. 1s “Longview”, “Basket Case”, and “When I Come Around”. The record led to controversial performances at the festivals Lollapalooza and Woodstock, further augmenting the band’s burgeoning popularity. Also aiding the mainstream revival of punk alongside Sublime, Bad Religion, and The Offspring, Green Day released a successful string of album towards the late 1990s “Insomniac” (1995), “Nimrod” (1997), and “Warning” (2000).
Introducing the band’s brand of punk rock to a younger audience, Green Day’s seventh studio album “American Idiot” proved a huge international success. Selling over five million copies and spawning the hits “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” and “American Idiot”, the record won the Grammy Award for Best Rock Album and paved the way for their highest charting album “21st Century Breakdown” in 2009. In 2012 the band released the trilogy of albums “¡Uno!, ¡Dos!, and ¡Tré!”, following which Green Day were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by Fall Out Boy.