The Californian American Punk Rock band Green Day was set up in 1986 by lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong and his buddy on bass guitar Mike Dirnt. Drummer Tre Cool was the second drummer to join the band when the original percussionist John Kiffmeyer left the band in 1990.

Green Day hit fame at a time when Punk had almost died out, but they revived the scene and refashioned it into something that was appealing to the younger generation. They started out in Berkley California at around the same time as Sublime and Offspring. Their first major release Dookie, was met with critical acclaim and sold over 10 million copies in the United States. The hit single Basket Case, featuring the band as inmates at a mental institution was a massive hit in 1994. It was played repeatedly on all music stations and was given lots of airtime on mainstream as well as underground radio stations.

Green Day found it difficuly to have an album as successful as Dookie, and their next three albums were not as popular. Having said that, Insomniac, Nimrod and Warning; released in 1995, 1997 and 2000 respectively, still registered big sales.

Green Day were destined to become has beens, but they burst back onto the Punk scene with a pop-punk song that reignited the punk world with American Idiot in 1994. It did not have the same harsh undertones as previous efforts, but the band clearly re-invented themselves and became popular with a whole new generation. The band has sold more than 85 million records worldwide and there is no doubt that they have been a massive success. They have won a total of five Grammy awards and they have released a total of 12 studio and two live albums, the latest of which was Revolution Radio in 2016. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2105.