Billie Joe Armstrong Fun Facts, Quotes and Tweets

11th October 2016

Quote: "We did this wild Christmas card where we made an EP, my wife sang, and I played. It's very Ramones... It's very rare!" Green Day rocker Billie Joe Armstrong once formed a family band with his wife and two sons, called The Boo, as part of a festive gift for friends and family.

18th August 2016

Quote: "The worst problem I see about Trump is who his followers are. I actually feel bad for them because they're poor, working-class people who can't get a leg up. They're p**sed off, and he's preyed on their anger. He just said, 'You have no options, and I'm the only one, and I'm going to take care of it myself.' I mean, that's f**king Hitler, man!" Green Day star Billie Joe Armstrong compares U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump to World War Two Nazi leader Adolf Hitler.

31st August 2015

Tweet: "just watched VMAs. seriously @MTV not a single young rock n roll band?" Green Day star Billie Joe Armstrong wasn't impressed by the performances at Sunday's (30Aug15) Video Music Awards.

25th June 2015

Fact: Rocker Billie Joe Armstrong reunited with his FOREVERLY collaborator Norah Jones on Wednesday (24Jun15) to perform a rare concert together in New York City. The Green Day frontman teamed up with Jones for the 2013 album, a revamped collection of tunes inspired by The Everly Brothers' 1958 Americana release Songs Our Daddy Taught Us, and they decided to treat fans by revisiting the tracks for a one-off show at the Bowery Electric venue. No other joint shows have been announced.

10th October 2014

Quote: "Wow! Time flies. It's hard to believe it'll be 25 years since we released some of our first music. We are honoured to be considered for inclusion in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, along with many of our heroes." Green Day star Billie Joe Armstrong is thrilled with the group's Hall of Fame nomination alongside Sting, Lou Reed, Kraftwerk and The Smiths.

3rd April 2014

Quote: "The guy just wrote beautiful songs. When someone goes that honestly straight to the core of who they are, what they're feeling, and was able to kind of put it out there... it's amazing. I remember hearing it when Nevermind came out and just thinking, 'We've finally got our Beatles...' and ever since then it's never happened again." Green Day rocker Billie Joe Armstrong pays tribute to Kurt Cobain as the 20th anniversary of his death looms. The Nirvana star took his own life on 5 April, 1994, aged 27.

7th March 2013

Quote: "I've never been diagnosed. All I know is I can't sleep very well at night. It takes me a while to get to sleep." Green Day star Billie Joe Armstrong is convinced he has insomnia issues.

5th March 2013

Quote: "I had a nurse that came in and made sure I wasn't having seizures and stuff like that." Billie Joe Armstrong on his at-home rehab.

5th March 2013

Quote: "I was on heavy medication. I was sober, but I wasn't clear. Seeing how it went down with her - something drew me to write that song." Green Day star Billie Joe Armstrong on writing Amy, his tribute to Amy Winehouse.

4th March 2013

Quote: "I can't go there. That's my last drink, which is good. It's documented. Anytime I feel like drinking, I can think about it." Green Day star Billie Joe Armstrong can't bear the thought of watching his meltdown onstage at the iHeartRadio festival in Las Vegas last year (Sep12). The rocker checked into rehab the following day to tackle substance abuse issues.

4th March 2013

Quote: "My sister Anna was watching it (online). She called my other sister and mother, who were there (at the gig). She was like, 'What's going on?' My mother said, 'He's drunk!'" Billie Joe Armstrong on his family's reaction to his public meltdown at the iHeartRadio festival in Las Vegas last year (Sep12).

1st March 2013

Quote: "I never want to be the kind of guy who talks about addiction. The last thing I want is sympathy from anybody. I don't want a pity party." Green Day star Billie Joe Armstrong refuses to become a poster child for the post-rehab recovery following his substance abuse meltdown last year (12).

15th October 2012

Quote: "I'd been singing about hate and setting things on fire for so long, I guess it was about time I wrote about this." Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong on the band's new love song Oh Love.

12th October 2012

Quote: "Just don't have a clock come up so I'm screaming on the stage, 'One minute. Really? One minute! Really?' I'll be p**sed if you guys give me one minute left on that stage." Justin Bieber pokes fun at GREEN DAY star Billie Joe Armstrong's meltdown at the recent iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas, when he insisted he deserved more respect than the Baby singer after organisers flashed up a sign to end his band's set. Bieber doesn't want a repeat when he headlines the KIIS FM Jingle Ball on 3 December (12)

16th September 2012

Quote: "My wife and I watched it every night. It was this guilty pleasure." Green Day star Billie Joe Armstrong insists he's a fan of U.S. TV talent show The Voice. The punk rocker has signed on as a mentor for Christina Aguilera's team of wannabes on the third season of the show.

16th September 2012

Quote: "Tom Cruise and Katie (came) when they were still together. Lady Gaga came and saw it... but I was pretty stoked about Michelle Pfeiffer. I had a crush on her when I was younger." Green Day star Billie Joe Armstrong on the celebrities who stopped by to say hello while he was on Broadway last year (11) in hit musical American Idiot.

7th September 2012

Quote: "Always speak your mind and always tell the truth, no matter what the cost, and I think they're paying a price for it and they shouldn't be. That's why I said something onstage." Green Day star Billie Joe Armstrong on his support for jailed Russian punks Pussy Riot, who are serving a two-year sentence for a protest gig at a Russian church.

7th September 2012

Quote: "I'm doing better. It was a little rough... I've always had a parasite inside my body and this time he decided to dance a little bit more." Green Day star Billie Joe Armstrong on the virus that struck him down and forced the band to scrap a show in Italy on Sunday night (02Sep12). The rocker was treated for dehydration in hospital, but bounced back for the group's scheduled performance at the MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles on Thursday (06Sep12).

21st May 2012

Fact: Green Day star Billie Joe Armstrong performed at founder Mark Zuckerberg's backyard wedding in Palo Alto, California on Saturday (19May12). The punk rocker is a longtime friend of the hi-tech businessman and offered to perform as a wedding gift to Zuckerberg and his new wife Priscilla Chan.

18th April 2011

Quote: "It’s a f**king balancing act, man. You don’t want to always write about politics just for the sake of writing about politics. I don’t want to become Rage Against the MAChine." Green Day star Billie Joe Armstrong on his efforts to be a rock star and activist.

2nd September 2010

Quote: "I’m running for Governor of California!" Green Day star Billie Joe Armstrong jokes about joining the upcoming political race and taking on JERRY BROWN and MEG WHITMAN for his home state's top office during the band's Verizon Wireless Amphitheater show in Irvine, California on Tuesday night (31Aug10).

30th August 2010

Fact: Jimmy Fallon paid bizarre tributes to SIR Elton John, Greenday frontman Billie Joe Armstrong and R&B group Boyz II Men during his hosting duties at the 2010 Primetime Emmy Awards. The comedian dressed up as the singers while crooning their hits in a farewell montage to defunct U.S. TV series 24, Law & Order and Lost.

28th May 2010

Quote: "Courtney is an audiophile; she's a big fan of music. I'll text her with things that I've heard that I think she'll like. Whatever is in her past is in her past but I've always had a really good solid relationship with her." Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong defends his friendship with Courtney Love.

13th April 2010

Quote: "We were trying to be the Cheech & Chong of punk rock for a while." Billie Joe Armstrong on Green Day's drug-related early days, which inspired the band's name.

25th March 2010

Quote: "When I hit 35, I was like, 'I'm 15 years from 50.' I was a terrible math student, but when it comes to age, I'll count the days." Green Day star Billie Joe Armstrong, now 38, fears becoming an old punk.

22nd March 2010

Quote: "We'd like to do a 50-night stay like Michael Jackson one of these days. It depends on the plastic surgery I guess." Billie Joe Armstrong contemplates a lengthy Green Day residency at London's 02 Arena.

18th March 2010

Quote: "The first time we ever played that song was during an encore in New Jersey. I had to pound a beer backstage to get up the courage. I knew we were gonna take a tomato to the face." Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong was nervous about debuting the band's latest hit track GOOD RIDDANCE.

29th October 2009

Quote: "It's much easier to Google free porn... I like Googling Megan Fox, it's much more interesting than Green Day." GREEN DAY frontman Billie Joe Armstrong admits he has better things to do than search for stories about the band online.

14th September 2009

Quote: "There I am sitting behind Joey Ramone and then I look up and there's Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley kissing onstage. It was a trip." Green Day star Billie Joe Armstrong on his memories from the 1995 MTV Video Music Awards.

23rd August 2009

Quote: "Acid. I don't regret doing it, but I sure as f**k wouldn't do it now. I'm way too neurotic. I'd be, like, sitting in the corner sucking my thumb for nine hours." Green Day rocker Billie Joe Armstrong has vowed never to take psychedelic drugs ever again.

11th June 2009

Fact: Green Day star Billie Joe Armstrong's son played his first live show at the Gilman in Berkeley, California on the same day dad's new album, 21st Century Breakdown, was released. Ironically, Green Day played one of their first shows at the venue. Armstrong says, "I was in New York, so I missed it."

19th May 2009

Fact: Green Day star Billie Joe Armstrong is a Little League baseball assistant coach in his native California.

18th May 2009

Fact: Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong and his wife ADRIENNE co-own an organic clothing and furniture store in Oakland, California, called Atomic Garden.

13th April 2008

Quote: "It's from a place we used to sneak booze and chicks into late at night." Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong on the name of the punk trio's spin-off group the FOXBORO HOT TUBS.

28th February 2008

Fact: Green Day star Billie Joe Armstrong, Mia, Common and Joan Jett are among the musicians who appear alongside the likenesses of late icons Ian Curtis and Sid Vicious in a new advertising campaign celebrating shoe manufacturer Converse's 100th birthday.

9th November 2007

Quote: "There are times where I'll walk upstairs after the show, and my mom will be sitting on the couch with Billie Joe Armstrong from Green Day, drinking a pint of beer. She's totally cool." Foo Fighters rocker Dave Grohl likes having his mother on tour with the band.

2nd June 2006

Quote: "I'm the ultimate mutt of the melting pot. My father was half-Italian, half-English. My mother is Scottish, Dutch and Irish, and her side goes back to Cherokee Indians. I have a Mormon aunt." GREEN DAY star Billie Joe Armstrong on his diverse roots.

31st May 2006

Quote: "There's a part of me that's a total song-and-dance man." GREEN DAY star Billie Joe Armstrong keeps his options open.

11th September 2005

Quote: <p>"I'm going to be in the next Tony Hawk video game. For somebody who doesn't know how to skateboard, I'm going to be ripping it up." GREEN DAY star Billie Joe Armstrong wants to be a gaming hero. </p>

4th September 2005

Fact: <p>Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong was given the nickname TWO DOLLAR BILL during high-school years because he sold ready-rolled joints to his fellow classmates for two dollars each. </p>

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