Up until they released ‘Dookie’ on Feb. 1, 1994, Green Day were destined for a short, unheralded career as pop-punk never-rans with a pair of indie albums that didn’t make much noise outside of their Berkeley backyard. But that all changed after they signed with a major label, hooked up with a producer who wasn’t afraid of selling a few records and zeroed in on a set of songs that captured how 97 percent of pot-smoking, masturbating teenage boys spent their day.
Green Day fans are undeniably thrilled about the band's rescheduled spring tour -- but there has been some drama mixed in with the excitement. The pop-punk trio decided to implement a new rule for purchasing tickets for their April 7 performance at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. Those who bought floor seats were told they couldn’t pick up their tickets in advance; instead, they were advised to retrieve them at the box office on the day of the show.
Green Day's Mike Dirnt has posted a message on his band's official website in remembrance of his birth mother, who died recently. The note, titled "R.I.P. Carol Alba Rowland," pays tribute to the bassist's biological mother, who in did not raise Dirnt and in fact only met her rock star son very recently.
After attaining heights previously unimaginable for a punk band with their multi-platinum-selling major-label debut, 'Dookie,' Green Day began a slow and sad decline into relative obscurity that bottomed out with 2000's 'Warning,' which barely managed a gold record. By the early aughts, Billie Joe Armstrong and the boys had been pretty much banished to playing the hockey-rink circuit, with few people thinking the band would ever be relevant again.
The new year is already looking rosy for Green Day fans, as the band has announced a string of rescheduled 2013 tour dates. The pop-punk trio was forced to scrap a series of shows earlier this year, after singer Billie Joe Armstrong entered rehab for undisclosed substance-abuse issues, but now, things appear to be back on track, and the group will cruise through North America in March and April 2013.
Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day played himself in a super fun cameo in 'This Is 40,' the latest Judd Apatow coming-of-middle-age film starring Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann. Sadly, the hilarious scene landed on the cutting-room floor. You can still watch it, though, as it's turned up online.
Hey kids, see that thing with the magnetic tape on spools housed in a plastic cartridge that's pictured in the Green Day video above? To those of use old enough to remember Green Day riding their 'Basket Case' video out of the buzz bin and into the world of rock superstardom, the cassette tape is old hat. But for an entire generation born in the '90s, that obsolete technology may be as familiar as eight-tracks or vinyl records -- in other words, not familiar at all.
The Killers showed up on last night's season finale of 'The Voice' to perform their latest single, 'Here With Me.' The Las Vegas rockers teamed up with contestant Cassadee Pope for the song -- a pairing that may have been a lucky one for Pope, who ended up being crowned the overall winner of Season 3 of 'The Voice' later in the show.