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Mike Dirnt

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Mike Dirnt (actually, Michael Ryan Pritchard) was born in California on May 4th, 1972., to a heroin-addicted mother. When Dirnt was seven, his adoptive parents divorced (since then, they have gotten back together), and Dirnt bounced between the two until finally settling in with his adoptive mom and older sister. That, too, was short lived, and soon Dirnt struck out on his own, working, among a handful of jobs, at Rod’s Hickory Pit where future bandmate Billie Joe Armstrong’s mom was a waitress. He had a difficult childhood but let’s say it this way, Billie Joe brightened up his life. They met each other in the school canteen at the age of 10 and Mike used to go to Billie Joe’s house to play guitar. Mike and Billie Joe did a load of covers together and Mike decided to switch to bass. Dirnt rented a room on the side of Billie Joe’s house when he was 15. Unlike Billie Joe, who was expelled from 2 schools and eventually dropped out, Mike got good grades in school, and even completed a few courses at a local community college. In 1986, Mike and Billie Joe founded their first band called Sweet Children which, in 1989, changed its name to Green Day. Eventually Billie Joe and Mike moved out and lived in a punk rock commune called Seventh Street (some sources say that they dedicated a song called Welcome To Paradise to that place).

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