A visual history of this veteran punk band
Green Day, originally named Sweet Children, was born of a middle school friendship near the Bay Area in 1987 when singer/guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong and bassist Mike Dirnt were mere, well, children at 15. They recruited drummer Tre Cool (real name Frank Edwin Wright III) after the band's first drummer went away to school around 1990.
In 1989, the band signed to Berkeley indie/punk label Lookout! Records, former home to other breakout acts like The Donnas and Rancid.