Armstrong is best known for being the lead singer of the punk rock band Green Day, but he’s also been a member of Pinhead Gunpowder, The Coverups, Foxboro Hot Tubs, The Longshot, and The Network. Green Day’s first two albums, “39/Smooth” (1990) and “Kerplunk!” (1991), cemented their place in the early 1990s Southern California punk scene, but the band was accused of selling out when “Dookie” (1994) was released on a major label and sold more than 8 million copies.
With each each Green Day album, Armstrong continued to reject the band’s early critics as the group grew in mainstream popularity, culminating in 2004’s “American Idiot,” a rock opera that was a surprise international success, a multi-platinum Grammy winner, and a Tony-winning Broadway musical. Green Day has 13 studio albums to their credit, with over 75 million albums sold, and they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2015.
Billie Joe has also co-founded a record company (Adeline Records), built his own guitar shop (Broken Guitars), and co-founded Oakland Coffee Works with his Green Day colleagues.
Billie Joe Armstrong was born in Oakland, California, on February 17, 1972. He grew up with his mother Ollie (a waitress), father Andrew (a truck driver and jazz musician), and five older siblings in Rodeo, California. Billie Joe’s father, Andrew, died of esophageal cancer when he was ten years old. Armstrong was drawn to music at a young age, and a teacher at Hillcrest Elementary School encouraged him to record “Look for Love” for local label Fiat Records when he was just five years old.
When Billie Joe was ten years old, he met future Green Day bandmate Mike Dirnt in the Hillcrest Elementary cafeteria, and the two founded Sweet Children five years later. Armstrong attended John Swett High School and Pinole Valley High School before dropping out on his 18th birthday.
Before releasing their first EP, “1,000 Hours,” in 1989, Sweet Children signed with Lookout! Records and changed their name to Green Day. Lookout! Records issued their first two studio albums, and Tré Cool began playing drums for Green Day in late 1990 after Armstrong participated on an EP by Tré’s band The Lookouts. Between 1991 and 2008, Billie Joe joined Pinhead Gunpowder, and the band recorded one studio album and eight EPs.
Green Day’s “Dookie” was released on Reprise Records in 1994, and it was certified Diamond in 1999. The album debuted at number two on the “Billboard” 200 list and at number one in Australia, Canada, and New Zealand. Green Day’s following two albums, “Insomniac” (1995) and “Nimrod” (1997), were both certified 2x Platinum, and “American Idiot,” released in 2004, was certified 6x Platinum and reached #1 in seven countries.
Armstrong collaborated with The Go-and Go’s Ryan Adams in the early 2000s, and released an album with The Network, a Green Day side project, called “Money Money 2020” (2003). With Foxboro Hot Tubs, he released the album “Stop Drop and Roll!!!” in 2008, which reached #21 on the “Billboard” 200. Green Day released “21st Century Breakdown,” their second rock opera, in 2009, while “American Idiot” was transformed into a Broadway musical that received Tony Awards for Best Scenic Design of a Musical and Best Lighting Design of a Musical.James Hetfield Net Worth: How Is James Hetfield So Rich?
Billie Joe played St. Jimmy in multiple productions of the musical and was supposed to reprise his role in a film adaptation, but the project was “very well canceled” in 2020. Armstrong was an assistant mentor on “The Voice” in 2013, and he and Norah Jones published “Foreverly,” an album of Everly Brothers covers. Billie Joe collaborated on an album with The Longshot in 2018 and toured with them.
Armstrong is most known for his work with Green Day and popular tunes such as “Basket Case,” “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life),” and “Wake Me Up When September Ends,” but he has also appeared in a number of movies and television shows. He has voiced characters in “The Simpsons Movie” (2007) and “King of the Hill” (1997), as well as appearing in episodes of “Nurse Jackie” (2012) and “Drunk History” (2016). Billie Joe’s film credits include the box office success “This Is 40” (2012) and the award-winning independent film “Like Sunday, Like Rain” (2014), as well as a lead role in “Ordinary World” (2016), for which he wrote four songs for the soundtrack.
Armstrong married Adrienne Nesser, a bisexual woman, on July 2, 1994, and the next day they found out she was pregnant. They had a son, Joseph, on February 28, 1995, and a younger brother, Jakob, on September 12, 1998; both Joseph and Jakob became musicians, following in their father’s footsteps. Billie Joe has had his fair share of legal issues, including charges for indecent exposure following a gig in Wisconsin in 1996 and for drinking and driving after being pulled over for speeding in 2003. He was thrown off a Southwest Airlines aircraft in 2011 for wearing his pants too low, and he stopped Green Day’s concert midway through a song at the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas in 2012, went on an expletive-filled rampage, and smashed his guitar. Armstrong sought therapy for substance misuse two days later, according to Green Day.
Honors and Awards
Armstrong was rated #1 on “Kerrang!” magazine’s list of the 50 Sexiest People in Rock in 2008, and #25 on Gibson’s list of the Top Frontmen of All Time in 2010. Billie Joe has received five Grammy Awards, including Best Alternative Music Performance for “Dookie” (1995), Best Rock Album for “American Idiot” (2005) and “21st Century Breakdown” (2010), Record of the Year for “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” (2006), and Best Musical Show Album for producing “American Idiot: The Original Broadway Cast Recording” (2011). Armstrong has won over 90 honors with Green Day, including three American Music Awards, six Billboard Music Awards, five MTV Europe Music Awards, eleven MTV Video Music Awards, and seventeen California Music Awards.
Purchasing Real Estate
Billie Joe paid $600,000 to have architect Mark Becker create a 6,911 square foot residence for him in Oakland, California, which he later sold for $4.85 million. In July 2020, the 5-bedroom home went on the market for $7.25 million, and the asking price dropped to $6.5 million a few months later.
Billie Joe Armstrong’s Net worth
Billie Joe Armstrong is an American singer, songwriter, musician, and actor who has a net worth of $75 million.