Back in 1992 a wonderful punk rock record hit Rough Trade Records called Kerplunk by a little 3 piece punk band called Green Day. It was their 2nd album on Lookout! Records and the band had that cheeky pop punk sound down backed up by amazing songs and 3 characters to back it all up.
They flew over to the UK, picked up a shitty van and played Euston Rails to about 100 people for their first UK show. The band then released the album Dookie in 1994, that catapulted their popularity overnight. Their next visit to London saw these punks play the Garage in Highbury where they joined us for a skate and we all enjoyed wall ride session on the banks outside the Highbury court rooms. From there, the band became known in the mainstream, hit radio playlists, did a Nirvana and went on to headline Wembley in 2010.
The success for this band has been tremendous and success can only be measured by what mistakes band’s make along the way. They managed to get so carried away with their notoriety that they decided to become part of ‘American Idiot‘ – the Green Day Musical, probably someone else’s dream to make some wedge that they signed up to. This Broadway show grossed over $1.3 million but it turns out that singer Billie Joe Armstrong left the show this month and ticket sales have now plummeted by as much as a million dollars, damn.
“Welcome to Paradise” Billie, you jerk. We are glad you woke up.