Billie Joe Armstrong
Billie Joe Armstrong is an American rock
Rock music
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 musician and occasional actor
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, best known as the lead vocalist, main songwriter
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 and lead guitarist
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 for the American punk rock
Punk rock
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 band Green Day
Green Day
Green Day is an American punk rock band formed in 1987. The band consists of lead vocalist and guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong, bassist and backing vocalist Mike Dirnt, and drummer Tre Cool...

. He is also a guitarist and vocalist for the punk rock band Pinhead Gunpowder
Pinhead Gunpowder
Pinhead Gunpowder is an American punk rock band formed East Bay, California, in 1990. The band has consisted of Aaron Cometbus , Bill Schneider , Billie Joe Armstrong and Jason White for the majority of its existence...

 and provides lead vocals for Green Day's side project Foxboro Hot Tubs
Foxboro Hot Tubs
The Foxboro Hot Tubs band is a side project of Green Day. All members of the band perform live with Green Day . Their debut album, Stop Drop and Roll!!! was released on April 22, 2008....


Raised in Rodeo, California
Rodeo, California
Rodeo is a census-designated place located in Contra Costa County, California on the shore of San Pablo Bay. The population was 8,679 at the 2010 census. The town is named for the livestock roundups common in the late 19th century...

, Armstrong developed an interest in music at a young age, and recorded his first song at the age of five.