Billie Joe Armstrong is an American musician who was born on February 17, 1972. He is the lead singer, lead guitarist, and main songwriter for the rock band Green Day, which he and Mike Dirnt started in 1987.
He also plays guitar and sings for the punk rock band Pinhead Gunpowder. He does lead vocals for Green Day’s side projects Foxboro Hot Tubs, The Network, The Longshot, and The Coverups.
Armstrong became interested in music when he was young, and he recorded his first song when he was only five years old. He met Dirnt when they were in elementary school. They hit it off right away because they both liked music.
When they were 14, they started the band Sweet Children. Later, the band’s name was changed to Green Day. Armstrong has also worked on musical projects, such as working with other musicians on many occasions.
In 1997, when Nimrod came out, he started Adeline Records to help other bands. He signed The Frustrators, AFI, and Dillinger Four, among others. In August 2017, the record company went out of business.
In the mid-1990s, Green Day did more than any other band of the time to bring punk rock back to the mainstream. Green Day started out as teenagers in the Bay Area punk scene.
They were as real as it got: they were longtime fans of the 924 Gillman Street DIY venue, and they started their first US tour in a van that had been changed to look like a book.
After two albums on the legendary independent label Lookout! Records and who knows how many basement shows, Green Day signed with Reprise Records in 1994 for their first album on a major label,
1. Early Years of Billie Joe Armstrong
He grew up in the California town of Rodeo. His father was a jazz musician and a truck driver for Safeway. In September 1982, when Armstrong was 10 years old, his father died of esophageal cancer.
His father is remembered in the song “Wake Me Up When September Ends.” Armstrong has two older brothers named David and Alan and three older sisters named Marci, Hollie, and Anna.
His mother was a waitress at Rod’s Hickory Pit in El Cerrito, California, where he and Mike Dirnt played their first show together in 1987.
Armstrong and his childhood friend Mike Dirnt started the band Sweet Children when he was 15 years old, in 1987. Armstrong and Dirnt both played guitar in the beginning, while Raj Punjabi played drums and Sean Hughes played bass.
John Kiffmeyer, also known as Al Sobrante, took over for Punjabi on the drums. Hughes left the band after a few shows in 1988.
Dirnt then joined to play bass, and they became a three-piece band. In April 1989, they changed their name to Green Day. They chose that name because they liked marijuana.
Armstrong played lead guitar and sang backup vocals on three songs on The Lookouts’ last EP IV, which was released in 1990. Tré Cool played drums on the EP.
Late in 1990, Sobrante left Green Day to go to college, and Tré took over as the band’s drummer. Green Day’s second album, Kerplunk, was the first time Cool was heard (1991).
Armstrong joined the band Pinhead Gunpowder in 1991. The other members were Bill Schneider on bass, Aaron Cometbus on drums, and Sarah Kirsch on vocals and guitar.
Kirsch left the group in 1992. Jason White took his place. From 1991 to the present, the band has put out a number of EPs and albums, and they occasionally play live shows.
3. Business ventures
Armstrong co-founded Adeline Records, a rock and punk rock record label, in 1997. Green Day’s manager, Pat Magnarella, had been running Adeline Records for the past few years. After Magnarella left Green Day in August 2017, Adeline Records shut down.
Armstrong and Bill Schneider, who is also in Pinhead Gunpowder and has worked with Green Day for a long time, opened Broken Guitars in Oakland, California, in April 2015.
Armstrong and Mike Dirnt started a coffee company called Oakland Coffee Works in December 2015. The company sells organic coffee beans and is said to be the first to use bags and pods made in large quantities that can be composted.
Armstrong is known for his punk style, which has influenced his fans from both the past and the present to the point where he is called a “style icon.”
He also came out with an eyeliner called “Basket Case” with Kat Von D. This was a part of his character as a singer from the beginning.
5. Political views
Armstrong voted for Barack Obama in the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections. In 2016, he voted for Bernie Sanders. After Sanders didn’t win the Democratic nomination, Armstrong said he would vote for Hillary Clinton.
He was critical of Donald Trump during the election and throughout his presidency. He called Trump a “fascist” and a “puppet of the Illuminati,” compared him to Adolf Hitler, and said that his rise to power was due to “uneducated white working-class people.”
In an interview with Rolling Stone in 2017, he said he doesn’t belong to any political party and called himself an “independent.” He backed Sanders again in the 2020 presidential election, but after Sanders lost the primary, he backed Joe Biden instead.
6. What Is Billie Joe Armstrong’s Net Worth?
American singer, songwriter, musician, and actor Billie Joe Armstrong has a net worth of $75 million. Armstrong is best known as the lead singer of the punk rock band Green Day.
However, when 1994’s “Dookie” came out on a major label and sold more than 8 million copies, the band was accused of selling out.
7. Relationships and Sexuality
This section might have too many complicated details that only a small group of people would be interested in. Please help by splitting off or moving any useful information and getting rid of any extra information that might be against Wikipedia’s rules.
Armstrong has said that he is bisexual. In an interview with The Advocate in 1995, he said, “I think I’ve been bisexual all my life. I mean, I’ve always been interested in that kind of thing.
I think people are born bisexual, but our parents and society make us feel like, “Oh, I can’t,” which isn’t true. People say it’s a no-no. We’ve been taught that it’s bad, even though it’s not bad at all.
Armstrong met Arica Pelino, the first girl he really liked, on his 16th birthday at 924 Gilman Street. She was called the “first official Green Day fan” because she listened to the first four-track recordings by Armstrong and Sean Hughes.
She also supported the band, went on tour with them, and sometimes took photos for them. She was the inspiration for a lot of Green Day’s songs, like “Christie Road,” which is about where she and Armstrong would sneak out to meet.