Green Day seeks induction into Rock-and-Roll Hall of Fame

Patrick Wallace

After forming in 1986 in Oakland California and constantly playing at the underground punk scene on Gilman Street, Green Day has become one of the most popular rock bands in the world. 

Green Day was founded by two high school friends—Billy Joe Armstrong (lead guitar and vocals) and Mike Dirnt (bassist and backup vocals), after becoming inspired by bands such as the Ramones, Guns N’ Roses, and the Replacements. 

They played at Gilman Street for six years while gaining popularity, independently scheduling their own small tours to expand their music and recorded/released two albums on their own.

Eventually in 1993, a representative from Reprise Records saw Green Day perform and offered them a record deal. After working very hard the band released its first studio album in 1994, “Dookie” which was a major success. 

“Dookie” allowed Green Day to win music awards, such as the best album and artist of the year, while at the same time gaining popularity. 

Over the next eight years the band released four more albums, “Insomniac” (1995), “Nimrod” (1997), “Warning” (2000) and “Shenanigans” (2002), only furher increasing its fan base.

In 2004, the band released its most popular album, “American Idiot.” This album was a phenomenal success, allowing Green Day to accumulate even more popularity. 

“American Idiot” had singles such as “Holiday,” “Boulevard of Broken Dreams,” “American Idiot” and “Wake Me up When September Ends,” and allowed it to win music awards, such as best music video, album, and artist of the year. 

The follow up album, “21st Century Breakdown,” (2009) was another success for the band. After “21st Century Breakdown” was released, the band took a three year break from recording new music. 

However, it released three new albums within a four month span in 2012, “Uno!” “Dos!” and “Tre!” 

Essentially all of Green Day’s hard work has paid off, and the band is set to be inducted into the Rock-and-Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, on Saturday April 18. Green Day will be inducted into the hall of fame by the band Fall Out Boy. 

When interviewed, Billy Joe Armstrong, the lead singer of Green Day, said that it was a great honor to enter the hall and be among other legendary bands like the Ramones, Guns N’ Roses (their idols who inspired them) and Nirvana. 

He also said that when he and his friend Mike first formed the band when they were 18 years old, they never would have imagined they would have become so successful and even be eligible to be inducted. 

Needless to say, the band is very happy, excited and honored to be inducted in to the Rock-and-Roll Hall of Fame and be among all of the other legends who are already in there.

Fall Out Boy is also happy that it was chosen to induct Green Day into the hall of fame because its members were fans of Green Day when they formed in 2001. 

Every rock band usually has the dream of being inducted into the Rock-and-Roll Hall of Fame, because that means the band has achieved something great in their career, and after Green Day inducted Guns N’ Roses into the Hall of Fame in 2012, that only made it even more eager to get in it. 

Green Day has had an amazing career and deserves to be in the Rock-and-Roll Hall of Fame, and fans cannot wait to see what it will accomplish in the future.