Basic Info
Born:
February 17, 1972
Age:
44
Hometown:
Rodeo, California, USA
Eye Color:
Green
Hair Color:
Brown/Black
Height:
5'7"
Married
Adrienne Nesser on July 2, 1994
Children:
Joseph Marciano (March 1995); Jakob Danger (September 1998)
Family:
Parents: Andy and Ollie Armstrong. He has 5 older siblings - David, Alan, Marci, Hollie, and Anna.
Instruments:
Guitar, harmonica, mandolin, drums, piano, and saxophone
Other Bands:
The Network, Foxboro Hot Tubs, and Pinhead Gunpowder. He played (infrequently) in the following bands The Influents, Corrupted Morals, Rancid, the Lookouts, Goodbye Harry, and Blatz.
Biography
Billie Joe Armstrong was brought into this world on February 17, 1972, the youngest of six children. His father, Andy, was a part time jazz musician and a truck driver for Safeway, while his mother was a waitress at a local resturant named Rod's Hickory Pit. Billie started singing when he was just 5 years old. He would go around to hospitals and sing to the patients to make them feel better. Then he got to record his first song, "Look for Love" at a local recording company named Fiat Records. Billie got his first electric guitar, the infamous "Blue" (a Fernandes Stratocaster), when he was 11. His mother bought the guitar from his first guitar teacher. Billie still uses Blue to this day and has several replicas of it. At the age of 10, Billie's father died of cancer of the esophagus which spread throughout his body. His mother continued to work at Rod's Hickory Pit in Vallejo, California, to support herself and her six kids. Billie Joe and Mike later worked there as busboys. Two years after the death of his father, his mother remarried.

Billie was 10 when he met Mike Dirnt in the school cafeteria in 1982. During sleepovers at each other's houses, they played songs by old heavy metal warhorses such as Ozzy Osbourne, Def Leppard, and Van Halen. Other influences would be the "thrash and drang" of the Bay Area's alternative music culture percolating throughout the eighties. Clubs such as Mabuhay Gardens and Berkeley's 924 Gilman Street regularly showcased local groups like the Dead Kennedys and Buck Naked. He wrote his first song, "Why Do You Want Him", a song about his mother and his step father, when he was 14. At the age of 15, Billie, Mike, and a drummer named John Kiffmeyer formed a punk band and named themselves Sweet Children. Their first gig was actually at Rod's Hickory Pit. One day before his 18th birthday, and halfway through his senior year, Billie dropped out of high school (Pinole Valley High School) to devote all his time to Sweet Children. He knew what he wanted to do - play music, and school was just getting in the way. At this point, Billie had the nickname "Two Dollar Bill", referring to the price of the joints he sold.

In 1990, Kiffmeyer left the band to attend college. Billie and Mike were faced with the task of finding a new drummer. They knew the perfect fit, Tre Cool, a Gilman Street veteran, who was then playing in the Lookouts!. Later, Sweet Children was renamed Green Day. Before they knew it, they were traveling all over the country in an old bookmobile with Tre's dad at the wheel. They did all this with little money and staying at fans' houses. It was in Minneapolis in 1990 that Billie first laid eyes on his future wife, a girl named Adrienne Nesser. They dated for some time and then were married on July 2, 1994, a 5 minute ceremony. The day after their wedding, Adrienne found out she was pregnant. Their son, Joseph Marciano Armstrong, was born in March 1995. Three years later on September 12, 1998, another boy, Jakob Danger was added to the Armstrong family. Today, Billie, Adrienne, Joseph, and Jakob reside in Berkeley, California.

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Billie Joe was joined on stage last night by Tre Cool, Bill Schneider (Pinhead Gunpowder, Green Day's former tour manager, co-owner of Broken Guitars), Kevin Preston (Prima Donna, Foxboro Hot Tubs), and other friends during a New Year's Eve ... read story
Billie Joe was the musical guest last night on Conan, a late-night talk show on TBS hosted by Conan O'Brien. Check out Billie Joe's solo performance of "Ordinary World" below. What do you think of it? Let us know in the comments ... read story
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The Conan Show, hosted by Conan O'Brien, has announced via their website that Billie Joe will be a guest on an upcoming episode of the late night television show. Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong is one of our all-time favorite ... read story

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