Green Day's 9 Secret Identities
Even the world’s biggest bands need some time away from their day jobs, and Green Day are no exception. From the garage rock of Foxboro Hot Tubs, to the epic American Idiot Musical, find out how Billie Joe and co. spend their time away from destroying stadiums worldwide (and just being general badasses).
9. The Big Cats
Who?! This is Jason White's (that's guitarist and 'fourth' member, ¡Cuatro!, to you...) indie rock side-project. The Big Cats have actually been going since 1993 - almost as long as Green Day themselves. So, technically, J-White has over 40 years of being an awesome rockstar behind him. Maths never was our strong point.
8. These Paper Bullets
Put simply, Billie Joe Armstrong wrote a bunch of original The Beatles-esque tunes for an upcoming production of These Paper Bullets (a rip-off of William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing). Personally we'd have preferred to see Bill Shakespeare's cast losing their shit to Basket Case. But that's just us.
7. Rodeo Queens
In 2010, Green Day teamed up with solo rock musician dude Jesse Malin, and formed a sort of mini super-group type-thing, called Rodeo Queens. They released this, Depression Times, and then went off on their separate rocking ways. Cool story, bro.
6. The Network
Get this! Green Day publicly deny that they’re involved in The Network, but everyone knows it's them. The guys even released an album, Money Money 2020, in between Warning and American Idiot. Oh, and their stage names are Fink, The Snoo, Van Gough, Captain Underpants and Balducci. As you do.
5. Pinhead Gunpowder
Now this is more like it! Consisting of Billie Joe Armstrong and Jason White - plus Aaron Cometbus on drums and Bill Schneider on bass - punk-rockers Pinhead Gunpowder are a Green Day side-project that actually make sense. Well, apart from the name, which comes from a 'high-octane' brand of green tea discovered by drummer Aaron...
4. The Boo
Imagine joining a band with your parents... It'd be the most embarrassing thing ever, right? But chances are your Dad isn't half as cool as Billie Joe Armstrong, and that's why The Boo - who are completed by Billie Joe's wife, Adrienne, and his two sons, Jakob and Joey - are basically the best family band ever.
3. Billie Joe And Norah
In 2013, Billie Joe Armstrong teamed up with, um, Norah Jones, to record an album of Everly Brothers covers. The joint effort was titled Foreverly, and the bizarre move turned out way better than you’d have thought. We'd have preferred a new Green Day album instead, mind...
2. American Idiot: The Musical
Also known as the best theatre trip you'll ever experience. Like, EVER. The musical, which is a one-act adaptation of the band's 2004 album, American Idiot (obvz), even made it over to the UK for a stint in 2012. We totally didn't get kicked out for trying to start a mosh to Letterbomb. Honest.
1. Foxboro Hot Tubs
Here’s the deal: Foxboro Hot Tubs are Green Day with an extra member (Prima Donna’s Kevin Preston), and have got one album out: the fantastic Stop Drop And Roll!!! (it sounds a little bit like ¡Dos!, FYI). They're awesome. They hit up the UK in 2009 for two shows, but they haven’t played our shores since. COME AND PLAY SOME MORE GIGS FOR US, GUYS! PLEASE?
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