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Billie Joe Armstrong (born February 17, 1972) is an American singer, songwriter, musician, record producer, playwright, and actor. Armstrong serves as the lead vocalist, primary songwriter, and lead guitarist of the punk rock band Green Day, co-founded with Mike Dirnt. He is also a guitarist and vocalist for the punk rock band Pinhead Gunpowder, and provides lead vocals for Green Day's side projects Foxboro Hot Tubs, The Network and The Longshot.
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Billie Joe Armstrong (born February 17, 1972, in Oakland, California) is the lead vocalist, main lyricist and guitarist for the rock band Green Day. He is also a guitarist and vocalist for the punk rock band Pinhead Gunpowder and sings for garage rock band Foxboro Hot Tubs. He was the lead singer for new wave group The Network.
Billie Joe Armstrong was born in Oakland and was raised in Rodeo, California, (a town 24 miles north of Oakland), as the youngest of six children. His father, Andy Armstrong worked as a drummer and truck driver for Safeway to support the family. He died of cancer on September 10, 1982 when Armstrong was 10. The song "Wake Me Up When September Ends", is a memorial to his father. He has five older siblings: David, Alan, Marci, Hollie, and Anna. His mother Ollie worked at Rod`s Hickory Pit. Armstrong and Mike Dirnt got their first gig at Rod`s Hickory Pit during their early years.
Armstrong`s interest in music started at a young age. He attended Oakland`s Hillcrest Elementary School, where a teacher encouraged him to record a song titled "Look For Love" at the age of five on the Bay Area label "Fiat Records". After his father died, his mother married a man whom her children despised, which made Armstrong retreat further into music. Armstrong dedicated a song to him called "Why Do You Want Him". At age 12 while attending Carquinez Middle School in Crockett, CA, he met Mike Dirnt, and they immediately bonded over their love of music. As a teenager he originally was into metal music, but got into punk after hearing the Sex Pistols song "Holidays in the Sun". Armstrong has also cited The Replacements and Hüsker Dü, both from Minneapolis, as major influences. He attended John Swett High School, also in Crockett, and then Pinole Valley High School, in Pinole, CA, dropping out on February 16, 1990, a day before his 18th birthday, to pursue his musical career.
In 1987, Armstrong formed a band called Sweet Children with childhood friend Mike Dirnt at the age of 15. In the beginning, Dirnt and Armstrong were both on guitar, with John Kiffmeyer on drums, and a man called Sean Hughes on bass. After a few gigs and a demo recording (later featured at the end of Green Day`s Kerplunk!) He and Mike Dirnt decided to join up with drummer Al Sobrante in 1988. At the same time Dirnt switched to bass and they became a 3-piece band. They changed their name to Green Day in April 1989, allegedly choosing the name for their fondness of marijuana. That same year they recorded the EPs 39/Smooth, 1,000 Hours, and Slappy, later combined into the LP 1,039/Smoothed Out Slappy Hours, on Lookout! Records. Tré Cool eventually replaced Sobrante in late 1990 when he left Green Day in order to go to college. California Punk band Rancid`s lead singer Tim Armstrong asked Billie Joe to join Rancid, but he refused due to the progress with Green Day. Tré Cool made his debut on Green Day`s second album, Kerplunk!. With their next album, Dookie (1994), the band broke through into the mainstream, and have remained one of the most popular rock bands of the 1990s and 2000s with over 60 million records sold worldwide.
Apart from working with Green Day and side-band Pinhead Gunpowder, Armstrong has proved himself busy in the music world, collaborating with many artists over the years. He has co-written for The Go-Go`s ("Unforgiven") and former Avengers singer Penelope Houston ("The Angel and The Jerk" and "New Day"), co-written a song with Rancid ("Radio"), and sung backing vocals with Melissa Auf der Maur on Ryan Adams` "Do Miss America" (where they acted as the backing band for Iggy Pop on his Skull Ring album ("Private Hell" and "Supermarket")). Armstrong has produced an album for The Riverdales, and has also been confirmed to be part of a side project called The Network. The Network released an album called Money Money 2020. Many Green Day fans who listened to the record remarked the similarity between the two bands. Money Money 2020 was released on Adeline Records, a record label co-owned by Armstrong.
Armstrong received his first guitar, a Cherry Red Hohner acoustic, which his father bought him. He then received his first electric guitar, a Fernandes Stratocaster copy that he named "Blue", when he was ten. His mother got "Blue" from George Cole who taught Armstrong electric guitar for ten years. Armstrong says in a 1995 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". George Cole bought the guitar new from David Margen of the band Santana. Cole gave Armstrong a Bill Lawrence Humbucking pickup and told him to install the pickup in the bridge position. After the pickup was destroyed at Woodstock, Armstrong then switched to the Duncan JB model. "Armstrong fetis
John Swett High School, California, Pinole Valley High School, California (dropped out)
Petite for a man - about 5`7", Handsome and sexy as hell, Dyed black hair.
Alan Oller (Billie's half brother from his Mom's first marriage)
Tim Armstrong, Mark Hoppus, Travis Barker, Tom DeLonge, Jim Adkins, Jason Mewes, Matthew Fox, Adam Levine, Garard Way
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Screaching Weasel, Ramones, Sex Pistols
Holidays In The Sun (Sex Pistols) 
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Mike Dirnt (Green Day), Tre Cool (Green Day)
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Punk rock, Alternative Rock
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Reprise, Lookout!, Adeline, Recess
Green Day, Pinhead Gunpowder, The Network, Foxboro Hot Tubs, The Boo, The Lonely Island, Norah Jones, The Replacements
Joey Armstrong(Son)(Musician), Jakob Armstrong
Jason White(Green Day)
Rock, Pop Punk, Alternative Rock
Guitar, Piano, Harmonica, Mandolin
pop punk, alternative rock
guitar, piano, harmonica, mandolin
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