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Billie Joe Armstrong

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Billie Joe, who is ranked one of the 10 of the most influential people in punk rock music, was born on February 17, 1972 in Rodeo, California, as the youngest of 6 children. His father, Andy, was a jazz musician and a truck driver for Safeway, who passed away of oesophagous cancer, in September 1982. Billie Joe was only 10 years old. His mother was a waitress at a restaurant called Rod’s Hickory Pit. As soon as he started to talk he also began to sing and went to hospitals and sang to patients to cheer them up! Billie Joe’s first song was “Look For Love”. When he was 5, he recorded this song for the locally based Fiat Records.

Sweet Children
At the age of 10, Billie Joe met Mike in the school canteen and they got hooked up on punk rock music. Soon after they had formed their first band named Sweet Children. At the age of 11 Billie Joe got his first guitar he called Blue that his mother bought for him. At 14 he wrote his first song named “Why Do You Want Him?” (This can be found on 1039/Smoothed Out Slappy Hours, track 12). This song was about Billie Joe’s mom and his step-dad that he and his siblings hated. It was obvious that Billie Joe’s biggest love was music so he dropped out of school to devote himself to the band.

Green Day
The band’s first drummer, Al Sobrante, quit the band to attend college, and he was quickly replaced by Tre Cool. Tre was, at the time, playing with The Lookouts. Sweet Children was renamed Green Day. In a matter of time they were playing across the country, traveling in a bookmobile driven by Tre’s father.

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  • Rikeo777

    Man I really like Green Day!! Only I can just hear some .... I agree with Billie concerned religion, religion was indeed the man who invented ... Follow Christ and believe in the teachings of God is not religion ... The name of the religion Christianity was the man who invented this should not happen, have different religions ... Jesus is not a religion ... is like that verse says: That the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth and with their lips and honor me, but have removed away from me your heart, and their fear toward me is a commandment of men, learned by heart. I really like the songs american idiot, holiday and Boulevard of Broken Dreams. The Problem of Boulevard of Broken Dreams is talking very lonely ... Dear everyone, or almost everyone calls us crazy ... (Part 1)

    16 Dec 2012 Reply
  • Rikeo777

    But it is impossible to explain the human vocabulary leaves no explain how great is the power of Deus.Não'm here talking about religion ... Do you believe in the story of Christopher Columbus, Napoleon and other historical characters and heroes? So? Jesus Christ is the same way, incidentally just think, Jesus died to immortalize his name, those who ignore his words end up in hell ... Those who follow Jesus just by being something called a man of religion also end up in hell. Has that song called Jesus of Suburbia ... Man I like all the songs of Green Day, but has some songs that I can not hear because some things are not true. This is not a criticism, I just want to hear what you think of Billie Jesus our savior, not of religion but of Jesus ... Jesus is not a religion, He loves us! ;) Their songs are great and healthy better than any other alternative rock! I do not speak English, if some things get wrong is because google translator! (Part 2)

    16 Dec 2012 Reply
  • gabriellebep

    <3

    5 Jun 2012 Reply
  • ZombieKern

    my true hero of all time ♥♥♥♥♥

    19 Apr 2012 Reply
  • amygdfan93

    You rock Billie. I love you. :)

    23 Mar 2012 Reply
  • ianpierre

    Happy Birthday Hero

    17 Feb 2012 Reply
  • kjais

    Happy birthday you little bastard c:

    17 Feb 2012 Reply
  • yoshi_katsu

    Happy Birthday 8D

    17 Feb 2012 Reply
  • KateKathers

    Happy Birthday Billie ♥

    17 Feb 2012 Reply
  • vanityofwax

    http://greenfckinday.tumblr.com/ follow guys

    23 Dec 2011 Reply
  • ArmstrongBella

    http://www.lastfm.com.br/music/Billie+Joe+Armstrong/+images/70644356

    23 Nov 2011 Reply
  • Bia_hi

    you know you know <3

    20 Nov 2011 Reply
  • levitate85

    http://soundcloud.com/qcdqpodcast/keep-your-air-on-celebrities Latest podcast from Q.C.D.Q. Joe and John ponder just why the rich and famous cause turbulence when faced with air travel. We take a look at Peter Buck, Diana Ross, Billie Joe Armstrong and Elton John amongst others.

    9 Nov 2011 Reply
  • Niah1-0

    I love Billie <3

    9 Nov 2011 Reply
  • tomduarte

    http://www.lastfm.com.br/music/Billie+Joe+Armstrong/+images/70601652 vote please

    4 Nov 2011 Reply
  • lydon13

    Billie is the best!♥ ♥ [9]

    3 Nov 2011 Reply
  • BanditKilljoys

    untill he's 100 :D

    1 Aug 2011 Reply
  • GREENDAYLOVER21

    He is so awesome I hope he is going to be in Green day until he is 90

    1 Aug 2011 Reply
  • Oldtimessake

    He's amazing <3

    12 Jul 2011 Reply
  • Juuaaan_

    Billie is the best!♥ ♥ [8]

    11 Jul 2011 Reply
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