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Alaska mom wants her daughter's middle name changed to 'Awesome'

JUNEAU, Alaska, June 12 (UPI) --Lisa Flores, of Juneau, Alaska, has petitioned to have her daughter's middle name legally changed to "Awesome."
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Debra Messing reveals secrets behind her 20-pound weight loss

Debra Messing reveals secrets behind her 20-pound weight loss

NEW YORK, April 23 (UPI) -- Debra Messing recently stopped by ABC News to share some of the secrets behind her 20-pound weight loss.
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Madonna, Billie Joe Armstrong to perform at Grammys

Madonna, Billie Joe Armstrong to perform at Grammys

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 25 (UPI) -- Madonna, Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong and Miranda Lambert are to perform at the 56th annual Grammy Awards show in Los Angeles, CBS announced.

Armstrong stunned by intervention

LOS ANGELES, March 2 (UPI) -- Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong said his first thought when confronting an intervention last year was scrubbing the band's concert schedule.
Green Day singer Armstrong opens up about drug use

Green Day singer Armstrong opens up about drug use

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- Billie Joe Armstrong, front man for the U.S. rock band Green Day, told Rolling Stone years of alcohol and prescription drug abuse led to his 2012 rehab stint.
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Rock group Green Day to resume touring in March

Rock group Green Day to resume touring in March

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 31 (UPI) -- U.S. rock group Green Day says it has rescheduled its concert tour starting in March now that lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong has been treated for addiction.
Dirnt: Green Day will 'pull through'

Dirnt: Green Day will 'pull through'

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 19 (UPI) -- Green Day bassist Mike Dirnt says the American rock band will survive lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong's trip to rehab.
Billie Joe in rehab; Green Day apologizes

Billie Joe in rehab; Green Day apologizes

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 24 (UPI) -- Green Day says its lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong has checked into rehab after his expletive-ridden, on-stage rant during a Las Vegas music festival.
Green Day singer rants at music fest

Green Day singer rants at music fest

LAS VEGAS, Sept. 23 (UPI) -- Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong let loose an expletive-laden tirade after being told his band's set was being cut short at a Las Vegas music festival.
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Green Day singer Armstrong hospitalized

Green Day singer Armstrong hospitalized

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 4 (UPI) -- Green Day said on its Web site it canceled a weekend performance in Italy after front man Billie Joe Armstrong was hospitalized.
'American Idiot' posts closing notice

'American Idiot' posts closing notice

NEW YORK, March 10 (UPI) -- The Green Day musical "American Idiot" is to close next month after more than a year on Broadway, the show's producers said Thursday.
Genesis, Stooges inducted into Rock Hall

Genesis, Stooges inducted into Rock Hall

NEW YORK, March 16 (UPI) -- Genesis, Iggy Pop and the Stooges, and ABBA were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at a ceremony in New York Monday night.
Green Day to get Rock Band video game

Green Day to get Rock Band video game

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 13 (UPI) -- MTV Games said the U.S. rock group Green Day will be star of its very own video game with the upcoming title "Green Day: Rock Band."
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Billie Joe Armstrong, of the band Green Day, performs live at the Verizon Center in Washington on July 29, 2009. UPI/Alexis C. Glenn
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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.

Billie Joe Armstrong was born in Piedmont, California, a small town surrounded by the city of Oakland, and was raised in Rodeo, California, as the youngest of six children to Andrew "Andy" Armstrong and Ollie Jackson. His father worked as a jazz musician and truck driver for Safeway Inc. to support his family. He died of esophageal cancer on September 10, 1982. The song "Wake Me Up When September Ends" is a memorial to his father. He has five older siblings: David, Alan, Marci, Hollie, and Anna. His mother worked at Rod's Hickory Pit restaurant in El Cerrito. Armstrong and Mike Dirnt's first live performance was at Rod's Hickory Pit in 1987; their first performance under the name Green Day was in Davis, a college town approximately an hour's drive northeast of San Francisco Bay.

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