Billie Joe Armstrong: Problem Child

Here are a couple of things you may not have known about Green Day.  First, singer Billie Joe Armstrong was a real problem child.  

He was expelled from two schools, dropped out of a third and never did graduate from high school.  Green Day remembers playing a forty-five minute set after which they were paid a grand total of one dollar.  

They also remember playing a gig in front of a religious cult that quickly got very, very weird when all the followers started having sex with the leader right in front of everybody.  And anybody remember Green Day’s appearance on King of the Hill?

They were animated as a band called Caine and the Stubborn Stains.  That was long before they appeared in

The Simpsons movie.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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