Billie Joe Armstrong is the lead singer of the punk rock band green day. The main people in the band are Billie Joe Armstrong-lead guitar/lead vocalist, Mike Dirnt-base guitar/backing vocals, Tre Cool-drums.
Green day often have to bring in extra musicians for some of their songs but mainly it is just the 1 extra called Jason white who plays lead guitar and rhythm. Green day were known as the ones that fought for what they believed in and didn’t care about the criticism they might get, doing this they released a top 10 song American idiot Billie Joe Armstrong grew up in Rodeo, California, the youngest of six.His father, Andy Armstrong, was a retired minor league baseball player, who worked as a bartender and truck driver for Safeway to support the family. His dad died of cancer when he was 10 in september 1982 and later on he devoted a song to him wake me up when september ends.
Billie went to pinnole high school where he met Mike Dirnt and created the band “Sweet Children” with drummer al sorbrante but then changed there name to “green day”. Afteer being signed by look out records the made there debut album 1,039/smoothed out slappy hours, the title was made from there Eps “39/smooth, 1000hours and slappy”.After this al sorbrante left the band to go to college and tre cool was then picked to be the new drummer and he was then in the next album kerplunk. After this they made there most famous album dookie which was instantly fought for in the shops as there was 5 million records sold in the us alone. This album broke green day into the main stream and now they have become one of the most popular rock bands since then.
In 1990 he met his wife adrienne and he later had 2 children joseph and jakob. Billi joe and his wife now own there own record label and fashion line cal adeline records.Billie joe is a registered libertarian and once tried becoming a vegitarian but due to a signifigant weight loss he had to quit. When billie was on tour he often had panic attacks and has made many song s about it e. g. basket case, he has also suffered from insomnia and he made his next album which is a bit darker was a response to hometown critics calling them “sell outs” after signing with a bigger record label. After this there next albums were still in the shadow of dookie so “insomniac, nimrod and warning” werent as popular and green days fan base was declining.They then made there come-back album american idiot containing there first top 5 single “boulivard of broken dreams” Green day have won many awards as well as reaching double platinum on most of there albums Green day have won three Grammy Awards, Best Alternative Album for Dookie, Best Rock Album for American Idiot, and Record of the Year for “Boulevard of Broken Dreams.
They were kids choice “favorite band” and “favorite song” They Won 6 MTV awards for Boulevard of Broken Dreams and 1 for American Idiot, Won 2 MTV Europe Awards for Best Album and Best Rock Group and Won 2 American Music Awards for Favorite Pop/Rock Album.They have sold over 65 million records worldwide and the California Music Awards awarded him Outstanding Male Vocalist in 2001 and 2004, Won 2 ASCAP Honor Awards for Creative Voice and Song of the Year, Esquire awarded him an “Esky” for Best Front man in the Esky Music Awards in the April 2006 issue. Kerrang! magazine awarded him the Best Dressed Star and Hero of the Year in 2005 Right now he has released 2 singles for charity, one was nominated for a Grammy, which was a cover of john Lennon’s working class hero and the other was about the New Orleans flooding in which they calibrated with U2 to create “The Saints are Coming.They have made a DVD and documentary of the huge concert in Milton keens; it was a 2-day event each having 60,000 people at each one this was called “Bullet in a bible”. They are currently working on the 8th album which is yet to be revealed but will be coming out in 2008 they said it is about how they are currently felling, which is middle-aged. Green day also appeared in the Simpsons movie and were in an animation with other famous musicians like U2 it was called “Live Freaky, Die Freaky”.