December 17, 2014

Green Day was chosen for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Monday evening (December 15th), getting the nod in their first year of eligibility.

Green DayFrontman Billie Joe Armstrong told Rolling Stone that he had to “go for a walk” when he got the news, saying, “I wound up at this cafe and I sat down and my son met up with me. I told him and he was like, ‘Oh my God. No way.’ It just took some time to sink in. We’re in incredible company and I’m still trying to make sense of this. It’s just incredible.”

Looking back at the band’s 25-year recording history, Armstrong said, “The fact that we kept on hanging on to this thing we believe in for so many years is incredible. It’s unique that we started so young. It’s almost freakish. We were weird little kids. We got to be weird together and create this thing called Green Day for so many years.”

  • Armstrong and Green Day have been at the Hall of Fame ceremony before, most notably their first time in 2002, when they performed in place of the Ramones. Armstrong also inducted the Stooges in 2010.
  • Also being inducted alongside Green Day are Joan Jett & The Blackhearts. Armstrong said, “It’s great. I’m so happy for her . . . The way that she is just this badass woman and probably the s**t she had to deal with in a male-dominated rock scene, it’s just an honor to be side-by-side with her.”
  • Armstrong acknowledged that the band has “a lot of heavy stuff going on right now,” referring to Mike Dirnt’s wife’s battle with breast cancer and guitarist Jason White’s recently diagnosed tonsil cancer. But he added, “I think of next year as us kind of regrouping and getting together more. I want to make sure that everyone’s head is in the right place and wants to start doing it again.”
  • The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place in Cleveland on April 18th.

6th Annual Sunset Strip Music Festival Launch Party Honoring Joan Jett

SIDE NOTES: Also going into the Hall of Fame alongside Green Day and Joan Jett will be Lou Reed, Bill Withers, Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band. Fellow first-time nominees Nine Inch Nails, the Smiths, Kraftwerk and NWA did not make the final list this time.