Last year, Spotify launched a new video series that chronicles major bands and their rise to fame. Last August, they kicked the series off with Metallica: The Early Years. Now, they have premiered Green Day as their second spotlight artist. Today Spotify debuted the first installment of Green Day: The Early Years. Chapter One shows Green Day’s start in the East Bay area as Sweet Children.
Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt, and Tré Cool describe their formative years, early influences, and the scene that they were a part of. Though Tré didn’t join Green Day until later, he was also an active part of the music scene. From setting up gigs in backyards and basements to playing at Gilman Street, in the 1980s Green Day worked hard and took any gig they could get.
Other interviewees include Corbett Redford (who’s directing Turn It Around: The Story Of East Bay Punk in collaboration with Green Day), Brett Gurewitz of Bad Religion and Epitaph Records, Fat Mike of NOFX and Fat Wreck Chords, Laura Jane Grace of Against Me!, and Chris Freeman and Jon Ginoli of Pansy Division. Watch chapter one of Green Day: The Early Years here.
The Metallica: The Early Years documentary included four chapters. Likewise, Green Day: The Early Years will also have three additional chapters following this one. Spotify indicates that the following chapters will take us through the release of Dookie in 1994. Stay tuned for the next three installments over the coming weeks.
Meanwhile, Green Day just released their politically charged new album, Revolution Radio. Green Day has released music videos for the two official singles so far, “Bang Bang” and “Still Breathing”. The title track is rumored to get the next official video.
The album has also launched a number of lyric videos, starting with the gritty animated “Bang Bang,” “Revolution Radio,” and “Still Breathing” clips. After the album’s release, the fun “Youngblood,” somber “Ordinary World,” rollicking “Say Goodbye,” and descriptive “Troubled Times” followed suite.
You can buy Revolution Radio on iTunes or Green Day’s official website. Green Day is touring across North America right now. Be sure to check out dates and tickets before it’s too late. Keep checking back here for all the latest Green Day news.