Previously, we brought you the first half of our 15 interesting facts about Green Day. Now, check out eight more interesting facts about the band whose albums have influenced generations of bands and fans all over the world.
Number Eight: Armstrong Has Been Showing His Acting Chops. Armstrong has acted in several shows and movies, as well as on Broadway. This includes a role in John Roecker’s (who also directed Green Day documentary “Heart Like a Hand Grenade”) “Live Freaky, Die Freaky,” as Charles Manson, a brief appearance in an episode of “Nurse Jackie,” and starring roles in the indie films “Like Sunday, Like Rain” and “Geezer.” Armstrong also finished out “American Idiot’s” Broadway run as St. Jimmy.
Number Seven: Armstrong Caught the Theater Bug. Armstrong’s theater work didn’t stop with “American Idiot.” He also lent his songwriting talents to a musical called “These Paper Bullets.” Dubbed a “modish rip-off of William Shakespeare’s ‘Much Ado About Nothing,’” the show made its debut at the Yale Repertory Theater in March 2014 and opened at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles for a limited run in September 2015.
Number Six: Dirnt Owns a Restaurant. Mike Dirnt knows where you can get a good burger in the Bay Area. He holds an ownership stake in a restaurant called Rudy’s Can’t Fail Café in Emeryville. The restaurant was featured on “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” in 2010. In 2011, a second Rudy’s opened its doors in Oakland.
Number Five: Armstrong Has Been Singing Since Five Years Old. Armstrong has been a singer for a long time, even before he knew what punk was. At the age of five, he recorded a song called “Look for Love.” The song can be found online and a snippet of a related interview can be heard at the beginning of “Maria,” off Green Day’s ‘International Superhits!’
Number Four: They Share Songwriting Duties. Armstrong may be the chief songwriter, but he isn’t the only member of Green Day who writes songs for the band. Both Dirnt and Tré Cool have taken part in songwriting duties. Dirnt’s additions include “Ha Ha You’re Dead,” “Nobody Likes You” and “Modern World.” However, Tré Cool’s additions are the most interesting by far. Besides writing “Rock and Roll Girlfriend,” he also wrote and sang “Dominated Love Slave,” “All By Myself,” “DUI,” and “Like A Rat Does Cheese.” Look these songs up and have a good laugh. You’re welcome.
Number Three: They Have Their Own Video Game. In 2009, Green Day got their very own version of the popular video game Rock Band. Featuring ‘Dookie,’ ‘American Idiot’ and ’21st Century Breakdown’ in their entirety, as well as other classics from their repertoire, they are only one of two bands to ever get their own version of the game. The other is The Beatles.
Number Two: They Are Coffee Nuts. Armstrong and Dirnt, who previously recorded a song called “409 In Your Coffeemaker,” started their own coffee company in 2015. Called Oakland Coffee Works, it is the first brand of organic coffee in mass production to be packaged in compostable bags and pods.
Number One: They are the Youngest Rock ‘N’ Roll Hall of Fame Inductees. At just 43, Armstrong, Dirnt and Tré Cool are the youngest ever inductees into the Rock ‘N’ Roll Hall of Fame. The band was inducted in 2015, the first year they were eligible. Their first official full-length album, ’39/Smooth,’ came out in 1990 on Lookout! Records. We hope you enjoyed our 15 interesting facts about Green Day.