Billie Joe Armstrong

Full Name: Billie Joe Armstrong
Date of Birth: February 17, 1972
Hometown: Rodeo, California, USA
Height: 5'7
Natural Hair Colour: Brown
Eye Colour: Green
Marital Status: Married to Adrienne Nesser since July 02, 1994)
Children: Joseph Marciano (March 1995), Jakob Danger (September 1998)
Family: Father Andy, Mother Ollie, Siblings: David, Allen, Marcy, Holly, and Anna.
Instruments: guitar, harmonica, mandolin, drums, piano, saxophone.


Biography

Billie Joe was born to Andy Armstrong, a jazz musician and part time truck driver for Safeway and Ollie Armstrong, a waitress of local restaurant Rod's Hickory Pit. Many people seem to think Billie's real name is William Joseph Armstrong, this is untrue. Billie's mother made a mistake while writing his birth certificate due to being high on the drugs given for birth. Billie started singing when he was five, he used to visit hospitals and sing to the patients to make them feel better. This eventually got him in the studio and he recorded his first song 'Look For Love'.

Billie met Mike Pritchard in the school cafeteria when he was ten years old. They used to sleep over at each others houses and play metal songs and the two became extremely good friends. Tragedy struck the Armstrong when Billie's father, Andy, passed away in 1982 due to esophagus cancer which had spread through his body, this led to Billie and Mike becoming even better friends as Billie dealt with his father's death. Billie received his first guitar when he was eleven, which he named Blue. To this day, Billie still uses Blue and he also has many replicas made. When Billie was twelve, his mother remarried to a man which Billie and his siblings hated. It was from this that Billie wrote his first song titled - 'Why Do You Want Him?'.

When Billie was fifteen, 'Sweet Children' was formed. The band consisted of Billie on guitar and vocals, Mike on bass and vocals and an older punk friend of theirs named John on drums. They played their first gig at Rod's Hickory Pit where Billie's mother worked. In 1989, Sweet Children changed their name to 'Green Day'.

On February 16 1990, the day before his eighteenth birthday, Billie dropped out of high school, halfway through his senior year to devote all of his time to the band and shortly after this drummer John forced the band to hiatus while he attended college. Not wanting to hiatus, Billie and Mike got drummer Tre Cool to play on the gigs that John couldn't. Eventually, they decided to fire John as it wasn't fair on Tre and Tre became their new full-time drummer. This would eventually more than pay off as Tre's dad agreed to transport the band around the US on their first tour, where Billie would meet his wife, Adrienne. They began dating and later married on July 02, 1994 in a five minute ceremony. A picture of Billie and Adrienne on their wedding day can be found over on GreenDay.net here. The day after the wedding, on July 03 1994, Adrienne found out she was pregnant. Billie's first son was born in March 1995 named Joseph Marciano. Adrienne fell pregnant again and Jakob Danger was born in September 1998.


Other Bands


Other Projects

Billie and Adrienne co-own the record company Adeline Records.


Hair Colour

Billie has had many different hair colours over the years including:

* February 2006 - March 2006: Bleach-Blonde
* March 2006 - present: Black


Influences

  • The Ramones
  • Iggy Pop
  • The Replacements
  • RKO
  • Husker Du
  • Minor Threat
  • Cheap Trick
  • The Jam
  • The Clash

Trivia

Music
Bands/Artists he likes:

  • Elvis Presley. The first record he ever brought was 'The Sun Sessions'.1

Songs he likes:

  • Billie has said that that he'd like 'Life on Mars?' by David Bowie, 'In My Life' by the Beatles and 'Love' by John Lennon played at his funeral.2.

Movies

  • Meatballs directed by Ivan Reitman. "I never went to summer camp, but I'd want it to be like that if I did. I like the scene where they take the guy who snores really loud and string him up in a tree while he's sleeping."3
  • 'The Bad News Bears' directed by Michael Ritchie.

Television

  • Beavis and Butthead: "It's like my childhood passing before my eyes."4

Books

  • 'The Catcher in the Rye' by JD Salinger.5

Random
Alcohol: Budweiser, Red Nectar, Schaefer, Olympia and Blatz. [6] [[/footnote]]


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