Green Day is amped up on '21st Century Breakdown' - The Boston Globe
Musicians (from left) Tre Cool, Billie Joe Armstrong and Mike Dirnt of Green Day went for a classic. Billie Joe Armstrong (born February 17, ) is an American singer, songwriter, musician, . Tré Cool became Green Day's drummer in late after Sobrante left in order to go to college. . Amanda, however, was unimpressed with Armstrong and, though the couple dated for some time, she ultimately dumped him in. he is gay,him and billy armstrong dated a long time ago. dainel56 posted . He's been married twice before and has two kids but now he is in a new relationship. So I've read. Billie Joe Armstrong never dated Tré Cool, dude. SharpieStealr.
After shaking out the sillies with last year's Foxboro Hot Tubs side project, the punk trio is back in the ambition business.
And on "21st Century Breakdown," out next Friday, business is good. Now one of the few surviving - and thriving - members of the alt-rock generation, Green Day remains inspired by those who came earlier, especially such conceptual storytellers as the Beatles, the Kinks, the Clash, and the Who.
Like "American Idiot," "Breakdown" is something of a concept album, but the concept, again, isn't necessarily a linear narrative.
The work unfolds in three acts; publicity notes tell us that we're following young lovers Christian and Gloria - presumably the smoochy cover couple - as they try to bring order to today's desperate and chaotic world. Reading the lyrics stem to stern won't make this immediately apparent, although there are recurring names, places, and ideas. What is apparent, however, is that the group's members and producer Butch Vig clearly challenged themselves to go even further in expanding the boundaries of the band's sound.
As on "American Idiot," and all of the group's past releases, the hitching attack riffs of punk rock remain the foundation. But with 18 tracks and a story to tell - complete with familiar political, religious, and romantic drama - the band stretches way, way out.Billie Joe And Tre Make Out
Strings are sprung, Armstrong unveils a surprising falsetto, and there are flirtations with Latin and country flourishes. He co-wrote The Go-Go's song " Unforgiven ". Armstrong produced an album for The Riverdales.
Billie Joe Armstrong
He was part of the Green Day side project The Network from to The Network released one album, 's Money Money Hoping to clear his head and develop new ideas for songs, Armstrong traveled to New York City alone for a few weeks inrenting a small apartment in the East Village of Manhattan. Armstrong appeared in American Idiot in the role of St. Jimmy for two stints in late   and early Frontman Paul Westerberg had been suffering with back problems and spent the majority of the gig lying on a sofa while Armstrong helped play his parts.
Westerberg referred to Billie Joe as an "expansion of the band".
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It was Armstrong's first lead acting role. The film centers on the mid-life crisis of a husband and father who attempts to revisit his punk past, and was released in It included new songs written and performed by Armstrong. Field of the band Prima Donna on lead guitar and drums, respectively, and longtime Green Day live member Jeff Matika on bass. He received his first electric guitar, a Fernandes Stratocaster that he named "Blue," when he was ten years old.
His mother got "Blue" from George Colewho taught Armstrong electric guitar for 10 years.
Armstrong says in a MTV interview, "Basically, it wasn't like guitar lessons because I never really learned how to read music. So he just taught me how to put my hands on the thing. After the Seymour Duncan was filled with mud and ruined in NovemberArmstrong reinstalled the original Bill Lawrence pickup before recording Insomniac inand used it for a long time after that, although he has since switched to a black Seymour Duncan SH-4 JB.
He prized it mostly, however, because of his relationship with Cole, another father figure after the death of Andy. Twenty of his Gibson guitars are Les Paul Junior models from the mid- to lates. Recently he has begun giving away guitars to audience members invited to play on stage with Green Day, usually during the songs "Knowledge" or "Longview". He bought this guitar in just before recording the album Warning. The first has been in production since and is modeled closely after "Floyd", Armstrong's original Les Paul Junior.
Both models include a Gibson "H" pickup, exclusive to Armstrong's models. Gibson has also released an extremely limited run of acoustic signature guitars.
He plays several other instruments as well as guitar. He recorded harmonica and mandolin parts on Nimrod and Warningpiano parts on 21st Century BreakdownAmerican Idiot: Personal life Armstrong met his first serious girlfriend, Erica Paleno also known as Arica Pelinoinside the Gilman music club on his sixteenth birthday.
Erica became known as the "first official Green Day fan" as she listened to the first four-track recordings by Armstrong and Sean Hughes, encouraging the band, touring with them and acting as occasional photographer for the band. Shortly after his split with Erica, Armstrong met a woman he has identified only as "Amanda" at Gilman Street, and they began dating. Amanda produced and distributed her own fan zine and was an iron-willed feminist, which enthralled Armstrong.
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Armstrong stated in an interview with Spin about the inspiration behind the Insomniac song "Armitage Shanks" in I was like man do I really want to do this? A lot of time I was thinking about suicide, how it's so easy to kill yourself, but it's so hard to stay alive. I was in a break-up with my then girlfriend, a total, raving punk rocker who didn't approve of me being on a major label. She moved down to Ecuador saying she couldn't live in a world with McDonald's and such. It was fucking me up pretty bad.