This year marks Green Day's 30 year anniversary and after 12 studio albums, the band is still going strong. They have been through substance abuse, marriages, divorces, and controversy together and they show no signs of stopping; to them it isn't about the money or the fame, it is about sharing their love for music with others.
Green Day was formed in 1986, in Oakland, California by frontman, Billie Joe Armstrong and bassist, Mike Dirnt. Through the many years the band remained close and tight knit.
The band was so close to the and in tune with each other that they even chimed in and destroyed their instruments along with Armstrong during his meltdown back in 2012 at the iHeartRadio music festival.
"You know, truth be told, I agreed with what he said, outside of mentioning anybody else. I know that's not Billie. But the bigger side of it – I actually agreed with the rant. But I was watching my friend and going, 'You're out of your mind,'" said bassist Mike Dirnt during an interview with The Rolling Stone on Armstrong's Meltdown.
The band is like a family, they are each others' backbone that helping each other stand.
In many interviews, Armstrong has said that the only way that anyone leaves the band is in a coffin, proving his lifelong commitment to his bandmates, his fans, and the band itself.
On Green Day's last record, 'Revolution Radio', Armstrong included a reminiscent power ballad to his friends and the times they spent with each other as teenagers.
When asked in an interview with noisy.vice.com about the the song, Armstrong responded with, "I was able to – not get nostalgic – but look at my past and what it was like growing up. Having a father that was in the union, the song 'Outlaws' is about my old stomping ground and what that means to me now."
Armstrong continues to show everyone just what he stands for and his band is his outlet for it. Songs like 'American Idiot' and 'Bang Bang' speak out against things he disagrees with or to bring light to a specific topic.
"Green Day was never a political band – probably not until writing a song like 'Welcome To Paradise,' – but the biggest education I ever had was [realizing] if there's something that you don't agree with, it plants the seed for revolt. I think that's the most important lesson I've ever had in my life," Armstrong said in the same interview
Green Day has always been about telling people what they think - whether it's about politics or about their general outlook on life - they are a band of brothers who stand by each other when times get tough but aren't afraid to step in and tell each other when they mess up. They continue on with each other.