Billie Joe Armstrong (born February 17, 1972) is an American rock musician and occasional actor, best known as the lead vocalist, main songwriter and lead guitarist for the American punk rock band Green Day. He is also a guitarist and vocalist for the punk rock band Pinhead Gunpowder and provides lead vocals for Green Day's side project Foxboro Hot Tubs.
Raised in Rodeo, California, Armstrong developed an interest in music at a young age, and recorded his first song at the age of five. He met Mike Dirnt while attending elementary school, and the two instantly bonded over their mutual interest in music, forming the band Sweet Children when the two were fifteen years old. The band changed its name to Green Day, and would later achieve massive commercial success. Armstrong has also pursued musical projects outside of Green Day's work, including numerous collaborations with other musicians as well as serving as the primary vocalist for the bands Pinhead Gunpowder and Foxboro Hot Tubs.
With Green Day:
- 1,039/Smoothed Out Slappy Hours (1991) -- lead vocals, guitar
- Kerplunk! (1992) -- lead vocals, guitar, drums on "Dominated Love Slave"
- Dookie (1994) -- lead vocals, guitar, percussion on "All By Myself (hidden track)"
- Insomniac (1995) -- lead vocals, guitar
- Nimrod (1997) -- lead vocals, guitar, harmonica
- Warning (1999) -- lead vocals, mandolin, guitar, harmonica
- International Superhits! (2001) -- lead vocals, guitar, harmonica
- Shenanigans (2002) -- lead vocals, guitar, harmonica
- American Idiot (2004) -- lead vocals, guitar, harmonica
- Bullet in a Bible (2005) -- lead vocals, guitar, harmonica
- 21st Century Breakdown (2009) -- lead vocals, guitar, piano
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