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Green Day performing in Cleveland, Ohio in 2015. From left to right: Jason White, Billie Joe Armstrong, Tré Cool and Mike Dirnt.

Green Day is an American punk rock band formed in 1986 by lead vocalist and guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong and bassist Mike Dirnt. For much of the band's career, they have been a trio with drummer Tré Cool, who replaced John Kiffmeyer in 1990 prior to the recording of the band's second studio album, Kerplunk (1991). Guitarist Jason White, who has been a touring member since 1999, was an official member from 2012 to 2016.

Green Day was originally part of the punk scene at the DIY 924 Gilman Street club in Berkeley, California. The band's early releases were with the independent record label Lookout! Records. In 1994, their major label debut Dookie, released through Reprise Records, became a breakout success and eventually shipped over 10 million copies in the U.S. Green Day is credited alongside fellow California punk bands including Sublime, Bad Religion, The Offspring and Rancid with popularizing mainstream interest in punk rock in the United States.

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Dookie is the third studio album and the major label debut by American punk rock band Green Day. The album was the band's first collaboration with producer Rob Cavallo. Released on February 1, 1994 through Reprise Records, Dookie became a worldwide commercial success, reaching number two on the U.S. Billboard 200 and charting in seven countries. The album helped to propel Green Day into mainstream popularity, amid claims from the punk rock community that the band had "sold out".

Dookie produced five hit singles for the band: "Longview", the re-recorded "Welcome to Paradise", "Basket Case", the radio-only single "She" and "When I Come Around". As of 2008, Dookie is the band's best-selling album, with over 15 million copies sold worldwide. Dookie won the Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album in 1995. In 2003, Rolling Stone ranked Dookie at 193 on the list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

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Mike Dirnt performing King for a Day in Montreal.

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Jason Jeremy Freese (born in Orange County, California, on January 12, 1975) plays piano/keyboard, guitar, tenor saxophone, and backing vocals in Green Day. He is also a member of Green Day's side project Foxboro Hot Tubs. Jason has also played for other artists/bands including Dr. Dre, Weezer, Jewel, NOFX, Lenny Kravitz, Queens of the Stone Age, Busta Rhymes, the Goo Goo Dolls, Joe Walsh, Feist, The Vandals and Liz Phair. Jason is also an ordained minister and carried out the marriage ceremony of singer/songwriter Jewel and her 8 time world champion bull rider husband Ty Murray in the Bahamas in August 2008. Jason currently resides in Fullerton California with his wife Amy and son Tennessee. His brother Josh Freese plays drums with Weezer, A Perfect Circle, Sting, The Vandals and Devo, and formerly with Nine Inch Nails and Guns N' Roses.

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A guy walks up to me and asks 'What's Punk?'. So I kick over a garbage can and say 'That's punk!'. So he kicks over the garbage can and says 'That's Punk?', and I say 'No that's trendy!'
— Billie Joe Armstrong (1972 – present day)
Green Day: Keeping Their Edge
2006

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  • ...that Dookie was ranked #7 on VH1's 50 Greatest Album Covers?

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