Andy Armstrong, the father of a very successful man who has been through some rough times.The song "wake me up when September ends" was a song that Billie Joe Armstrong dedicated to his father after he died of cancer in September 1982 when Billie Joe was ten.
Billie dubbed the song the most autobiographical he had ever written to that point, considering it to be therapeutic, but also hard to perform because it was written about his father.
In the United States, the song became symbolic after Hurricane Katrina, where it was dedicated to victims of the disaster and also regarded as a dedication to the victims of the September 11 attacks that occurred in 2001. The song became the fourth single from American Idiot to be certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.The song's music video depicts a couple broken apart by the Iraq War, which was intended to convey the song's central theme of loss.The song's music video was directed by Samuel Bayer, best known for his work with Nirvana and Metallica. Bayer wrote the treatment for the video, which he envisioned as a mini-movie. Bayer brought the idea of an Iraq War-themed video to the trio after interviewing soldiers who had signed up to fight after being persuaded by a television advertisement. The song's music video thus attempts to "turn the machine on itself" by acting as a commercial for "free thought or peace."Although it was far from the song's literal meaning, Armstrong felt it appropriate considering the song's theme of loss. Bayer noted that he felt bored with predictable music videos, and wanted to produce a video that felt like a film. Consequently, he and a crew spent a month casting actors for the roles and conducted rehearsals, uncommon for music videos. The clip was filmed in Los Angeles in late March 2004.
Green Day has sold more than 75 million records worldwide.The group has won five Grammy Awards: Best Alternative Album for Dookie, Best Rock Album for American Idiot, Record of the Year for "Boulevard of Broken Dreams", Best Rock Album for the second time for 21st Century Breakdown and Best Musical Show Album for American Idiot: The Original Broadway Cast Recording. In 2010, a stage adaptation of American Idiot debuted on Broadway. The musical was nominated for three Tony Awards: Best Musical, Best Scenic Design and Best Lighting Design, losing only the first. Also in 2010, Green Day was ranked no. 91 in the VH1 list of the "100 Greatest Artists of All Time". On April 18, 2015, the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a part of the 2015 class, in the band's first year of eligibility.
I recommend green day to anybody who likes songs that have a deeper meaning than meets the eye. Green day has songs that you can listen to in any mood.Their songs can be inspiring and ironic at the same time, they can also be happy but really sad at the same time. All around they are a generally good nice band that most people I have met like.