On February 1, 1994, Berkeley-rockers Green Day burst into the angsty punk scene with their debut release Dookie on Reprise Records. The 15-track record went on to sell 20 million copies worldwide and helped propel Green Day into commercial stardom.
Dookie’s hit ballads including “When I Come Around” and “Welcome to Paradise” became teenage anthems across America, and helped set the stage for the new wave of punk music roaring through the nation. Since its release 25 years ago, the album has garnered considerable acclaim, winning a Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music album in 1995 and ranking No. 193 on Rolling Stone‘s list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
Back then, I just wanted to write songs I could be proud of and be able to play in five years. — Billie Joe Armstrong, Rolling Stone
Fast forward to present day, Green Day has released nine more studio albums and remains one of the most influential bands of the 1990s. The California natives boast a following of over eight million on Spotify and land in the top 200 most played artists on the streaming service.
Last year, rumors circulated of a forthcoming 25th anniversary tour when the band teased fans with an Instagram post revealing that the three-piece had been rehearsing the album in full, but an official announcement has yet to be made.
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Bassist Mike Dirnt plays Ernie Ball Hybrid Cobalt bass strings and lead vocalist and guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong uses Ernie Ball Regular Slinky strings.