Zachary Phillip Wylde is an American musician, singer and occasional actor, best known as Ozzy Osbourne's lead guitarist and as the founder of the heavy metal band Black Label Society. His signature bulls-eye design appears on many of his guitars and is recognized, he was the lead guitarist and vocalist in Pride & Glory, who released one self-titled album in 1994 before disbanding. As a solo artist he released Book of Shadows and Book of Shadows II. Jeffrey Phillip Wielandt was born in Bayonne, New Jersey on January 14, 1967, he started playing the guitar at the age of 8, but didn't become serious about it until his first year in high school. At the age of 14 he worked at Silverton Music in the Silverton section of New Jersey. Wielandt grew up in Jackson, New Jersey, went to Jackson Memorial High School, where he graduated in 1985, he has stated that he would practice playing the guitar as much as 12 hours per day and would play the guitar non-stop between coming home from school and leaving for school the next morning sleeping through the school day.
Wylde played locally with his first band Stone Henge later with local Jersey band Zyris. He auditioned for lead guitarist and co-writer for Ozzy Osbourne. Wylde was hired to replace Jake E. Lee, who replaced Brad Gillis, who had himself replaced the deceased Randy Rhoads. Rhoads remains Wylde's foremost stagecraft influence. Wylde gravitated toward a particular Les Paul guitar, which has become known as "The Grail". Wylde lost the guitar in 2000 after it fell from the back of a truck transporting equipment as he was travelling between gigs in Texas. Rewards were offered to anyone. Wylde and The Grail were reunited three years when a fan bought it at a Dallas pawn shop and saw the initials "Z. W." carved into the humbucker pickups backs. He contacted Wylde's former webmaster. Grateful, Wylde gave the fan his signature model in exchange. In 1995, Wylde auditioned for Guns N' Roses. Wylde was replaced in Osbourne's band by Joe Holmes from 1995 until his return in 2001. On January 17, 2006, Zakk Wylde was recognized at the Hollywood Rock Walk of Fame, featuring his handprints and signature, in recognition of his successful career as a musician and his contribution to the music industry.
The event was open to the public and many rock celebrities were present, including Ozzy Osbourne. For a time in the mid-2000s he contributed a monthly column entitled "Brew-tality" for a guitar magazine, discussing his techniques and equipment, as well as transcribing riffs and solo sections. After auditions in 2004/2005, Ozzy Osbourne announced Wylde as the official guitarist for his album, Black Rain, released in 2007. On stage with Osbourne, Wylde has been credited for lending a high level of energy and passion to performances. Black Label Society's album Shot To Hell, was released on September 11, 2006 in the UK, September 12, 2006 in the U. S. through Roadrunner records, with production by Michael Beinhorn. Black Label Society headlined the second stage at the 2006 Ozzfest, with Wylde playing double duty with Ozzy on certain dates, he joined Ozzy Osbourne for the Ozzy and Friends Tour in replacement of the Black Sabbath tour scheduled for the summer of 2012, playing a range of European dates including Graspop Metal Meeting in Belgium.
Black Label Society released'The Song Remains Not the Same' on May 10, 2011 on E1. Wylde played a guitar solo on Black Veil Brides' cover of Kiss' "Unholy," on the 2011 EP Rebels. Since 2014, Wylde has led a Black Sabbath cover band called "Zakk Sabbath", with Wylde handling guitar and vocals, joined by Rob "Blasko" Nicholson on bass guitar and Joey Castillo on drums, who replaced original drummer John Tempesta. JP Gaster occupied the drummer's seat in between, in September 2017; the band tours intermittently, has released a single, three-track vinyl-only live 12" in 2016. Wylde, along with Steve Vai, Nuno Bettencourt, Yngwie Malmsteen, Tosin Abasi, was featured on the Generation Axe tour in 2016, 2017 & 2018. On April 28, 2017 it was announced that Wylde will be rejoining Ozzy Osbourne's band for a 2017 summer tour. Wylde and his wife Barbaranne have four children: Hayley Rae, Sabbath Page, Jesse—who is godson to Ozzy Osbourne. Wylde was a close friend of Pantera and Damageplan guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott and dedicated the song, "In This River" to Abbott's memory after his death.
He is a New York Yankees fan. As of 2011, he is in partnership with Blair's Sauces and Snacks to produce "Berserker" Hot Sauce and several variations. Wylde promotes Deathwish Coffee via his Instagram page, as they have used his name in marketing their line, "Odinforce Blend". In August 2009, Wylde was hospitalized due to blood clots. After his hospitalization, Wylde is now sober. Wylde is a Christian, describing himself as a "Soldier of Christ". Wylde is known for his use of Gibson Les Paul Custom model guitars, equipped with EMG -81 and -85 active pickups, with a "bulls-eye" graphic on them, a design he used to differentiate himself visually from Randy Rhoads –, frequently identified by his cream Les Paul Custom, the guitar he has used since he was 12 years old; the "bulls-eye" paint job was supposed to look like the spiral from the Alfred Hitchcock movie Vertigo, but when it came back incorrect from the paint shop, he liked the result and decided to keep it. One of Wylde's favorite stage guitars is a GMW RR-V, a model, famously known as the "Polka-dot
Stoner rock known as stoner metal or stoner doom, is a rock music fusion genre that combines elements of heavy metal and/or doom metal with psychedelic rock and acid rock. The name references cannabis consumption; the term desert rock is used interchangeably with the term "stoner rock" to describe this genre. Stoner rock is slow-to-mid tempo and features a distorted, groove-laden bass-heavy sound, melodic vocals, "retro" production; the genre emerged during the early 1990s and was pioneered foremost by Monster Magnet and the California bands Fu Manchu and Sleep. The descriptor "stoner rock" may originate from the title of the 1997 Roadrunner Records compilation Burn One Up! Music for Stoners. Desert rock is used interchangeably as a descriptor, was coined by a MeteorCity Records intern, around the time the label released the 1998 stoner rock compilation Welcome to MeteorCity. Due to the similarities between stoner and sludge metal, there is a crossover between the two genres; this hybrid has traits of both styles, but lacks stoner metal's laid back atmosphere and its usage of psychedelia.
Bands such as Weedeater, High on Fire and Electric Wizard creatively fuse both styles. The involvement of cannabis in the creation of "stoner rock/metal" can range between bands in the genre. Bands such as Sleep have involved the concept of cannabis to be part of the core of their albums and songs; the consumption of cannabis is common in the live performances of some stoner rock/metal bands, bands such as Electric Wizard are known to have concerts with the band members and the crowd participating in smoking cannabis. Dopesmoker by Sleep received controversy because the 60-minute song is about cannabis, which resulted in conflict with Sleep's record company; some members of the genre state that "stoner rock is a style, not life,", interpreted as the band members do not participate in smoking cannabis or are influenced by cannabis. However, the style of their music reflects the sound of "stoner rock/metal." Bands such as King Caravan and Sea of Green have come under terms with this statement. Matt Pike from the band High on Fire stated, "It's a strong scene, but I don't think any of the stoner rock bands want to be labeled as stoner rock...
I might use the word ` stoner' in my lyrics. I'd say I was crossover metal or progressive metal. It's kind of a tough thing to lump into a category, but I guess we get the stoner-rock label because of the whole pot thing." Like most subgenres of music, the origins of stoner rock are hard to pinpoint. Several known progenitors and signature songs are credited with helping to shape the genre. Blue Cheer is considered one of the pioneers of the style. According to critic Mark Deming, Blue Cheer's first album, Vincebus Eruptum, "is a glorious celebration of rock & roll primitivism run through enough Marshall amps to deafen an army," not unlike the heaviness of MC5's Kick Out the Jams and the Velvet Underground's White Light/White Heat. Rolling Stone claims, "What stoner rock delivers, slowed down and magnified, is the riff, the persistent legacy of Mississippi blues. Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath were the first to make a monolith of it." Sir Lord Baltimore have been called "the godfathers of stoner rock" and Leaf Hound have been cited for influencing countless bands in the stoner rock movement, including Kyuss and Monster Magnet.
Buffalo's 1973 sophomore release Volcanic Rock has been "heralded as the first great stoner rock record," the song Sunrise "has since been shamelessly cannibalized for its parts by more stoner-rock bands than you can shake a bong at," and the songs Till My Death and The Prophet have been likened to stoner rock. Primevil's album Smokin' Bats at Campton's has been called a "touchstone" of stoner rock. Jim DeRogatis has said that stoner rock bands are "reaching back for inspiration to the psychedelic, proto-metallic jamming of bands like Cream, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Hawkwind."According to DeRogatis, the roots of stoner rock can be heard on Black Sabbath's Master of Reality, Hawkwind's 25 Years On 1973–1977 box set, the aforementioned Blue Cheer album, Deep Purple's Machine Head and Blue Öyster Cult's Workshop of the Telescopes. Black Sabbath's Master of Reality is cited as the first album of the genre, Martin Popoff states: "When'Sweet Leaf' kicks in, one witnesses the invention of stoner rock".
Allmusic summarizes this unique fusion as follows: "Stoner metal bands updated the long, mind-bending jams and ultra-heavy riffs of bands like Black Sabbath, Blue Cheer, Blue Öyster Cult, Hawkwind by filtering their psychedelia-tinged metal and acid rock through the buzzing sound of early Sub Pop–style grunge." However, Kyuss members Josh Homme and John Garcia have shrugged off the heavy metal influence, instead cite punk rock and hardcore punk the sludgy hardcore of Black Flag's album My War as influences. The doom metal band Trouble introduced acid rock elements on their 1990 self-titled album, which became more prominent on 1992's Manic Frustration; the British doom metal band Cathedral moved toward a psychedelic/stoner sound over the course of their first three releases, culminating in the critically acclaimed 1993 album The Ethereal Mirror. During this same period, heavy metal band White Zombie achieved multi-platinum success with their two major label albums expanding the heavy music audience with their groove-based, sample-laden "psychedelic horror" so
Goatsnake is an American doom metal band from Los Angeles, California. They have released three studio albums, the first being 1999's Goatsnake Vol. 1. Goatsnake was formed in 1996 after the disbanding of The Obsessed. After The Obsessed's disbanding, the rhythm section consisting of bassist Guy Pinhas and drummer Greg Rogers began jamming with guitarist Greg Anderson ))), they soon found a vocalist in Pete Stahl. Goatsnake released two 7" EPs in 1998 and were featured on several metal compilations, they released 1, in 1999 on Man's Ruin Records/Rise Above Records. Goatsnake toured Europe in support of their debut album and played with bands such as Unida, Fatso Jetson, Electric Wizard, they returned in 2000 for a U. K. tour with Orange Goblin and Sunn O))), another Anderson project. In 2000 Pinhas left Goatsnake to join Acid King and was replaced by Stuart Dahlquist of Burning Witch; that year Goatsnake released a split album with Burning Witch on Hydra Head Records. They released the Dog Days EP on Anderson's Southern Lord Records that same year.
They went on to release their second album, Flower of Disease on Man's Ruin Records/Rise Above Records. The band split up in 2001 and Anderson continued with Sunn O))) and played in Teeth of Lions Rule the Divine. In 2004 the band reformed with Anderson and Stahl being joined by bassist Scott Reeder and drummer JR, they recorded three songs which were released on the Trampled Under Hoof EP along with two vinyl-only tracks. This same year saw the release of the compilation 1 + Dog Days by Southern Lord Records, which combines the first album and the Dog Days EP as well as a track from the Man of Light EP. Goatsnake reunited in 2010 with the original line up to headlining the Roadburn Festival on Thursday April 15. To coincide with the reunion a re-issue of Flower of Disease came out around the same time. On June 16, 2011 the band played another rare reunion show as special guests to Godflesh at The Forum in London, England. Original members Anderson and Rogers, along with new bassist Scott Renner, acclaimed record producer Nick Raskulinecz began working on a new full-length album, Black Age Blues, released in 2015.
The current Goatsnake line up played shows in October 2014 including the Southern Lord Records showcase in Los Angeles and the Southwest Terror Fest in Tucson, Arizona. Goatsnake Vol. 1 CD Flower of Disease CD Black Age Blues CD IV 7" Man of Light 7" Goatsnake/Burning Witch split CD Dog Days CD Trampled Under Hoof CD 1 + Dog Days CD "Hot Rod" on Rise 13: Magick Rock, Vol. 1 Pete Stahl – vocals, harmonica Greg Anderson – guitar Scott Renner – bass Greg Rogers – drums Guy Pinhas – bass Scott Reeder – bass G. Stuart Dahlquist – bass Joey Castillo – drums JR – drums Southern Lord band page Encyclopaedia Metallum
Scott Richard Weiland was an American musician and songwriter. During a career spanning three decades, Weiland was best known as the lead singer of the band Stone Temple Pilots from 1989 to 2002 and 2008 to 2013, making six records with them, he was lead vocalist of supergroup Velvet Revolver from 2003 to 2008, recording two albums, recorded one album with another supergroup, Art of Anarchy. He established himself as a solo artist, releasing three studio albums, two cover albums, collaborations with several other musicians throughout his career. Derided by critics early in his career, Weiland was known for his flamboyant and chaotic onstage persona. Now viewed as a talented and versatile vocalist, Weiland has been ranked in the Top 100 Heavy Metal Vocalists by Hit Parader. In 2012, Weiland formed the backing band The Wildabouts; the band received mixed reviews, some critics and fans noted Weiland's failing health. In December 2015, Weiland died of an accidental drug overdose on his tour bus in Minnesota at the age of 48.
Upon his death, many critics and peers offered re-evaluations of Weiland's career. Weiland was born at Kaiser Hospital in San Jose, the son of Sharon née Williams and Kent Kline. From his father's side, he was of German descent. At age five his stepfather David Weiland adopted him and Scott took his surname. Around that time, Weiland moved to Bainbridge Township, where he attended Kenston High School, he moved back to California as a teenager and attended Edison High School in Huntington Beach and Orange Coast College. Before devoting himself to music full-time, he worked as a paste up artist for the Los Angeles Daily Journal legal newspaper. At the age of 12, Weiland was raped by an older male who had invited him to his house, he wrote in his autobiography Not Dead & Not For Sale that he repressed the memory until it returned to him in therapy decades later. In 1986 Weiland met bassist Robert DeLeo at a Black Flag concert in California; the two of them were discussing their love interests, when they realized one of them was the same girl they were both dating.
They developed a bond over the incident, ended up moving into her vacated apartment. Weiland's childhood friends Corey Hicock and David Allin rounded out the group, both of whom would soon be replaced by Eric Kretz and DeLeo's brother Dean, they took the name Stone Temple Pilots because of their fondness for the initials "STP." In one of the band's first opening performances as Mighty Joe Young, they opened for Electric Love Hogs, whose guitarist Dave Kushner would one day co-found Weiland's band Velvet Revolver. In 1992, they released their first album, spawning four hits In 1994, STP released their second record, which saw the development of a more distinctive identity for the band. Like Core, Purple was a big success for the band, spawning three hit singles and selling more than six million copies; the critical response to Purple was more favorable, with Spin magazine calling it a "quantum leap" from the band's previous album. In 1995, Weiland formed the alternative rock band The Magnificent Bastards with session drummer Victor Indrizzo in San Diego.
The band included Zander Jeff Nolan on guitars and Bob Thompson on bass. Only two songs were recorded by The Magnificent Bastards, "Mockingbird Girl," composed by Nolan and Weiland, appeared in the film Tank Girl and on its soundtrack, a cover of John Lennon's "How Do You Sleep?" was recorded for the tribute album, Working Class Hero: A Tribute to John Lennon. Weiland rejoined Stone Temple Pilots in the fall of 1995, but STP was forced to cancel most of their 1996–1997 tour in support of their third release, Tiny Music... Songs from the Vatican Gift Shop, which sold about two million albums. Weiland encountered problems with drug addiction at this time as well, which inspired some of his songs in the late-1990s, resulted in prison time. In 1999, STP regrouped once again and released No. 4. The album contained the hit single "Sour Girl" which featured a surreal music video with Sarah Michelle Gellar; that same year, Weiland recorded two songs with the short-lived supergroup The Wondergirls. During this time period Weiland spent five months in jail for drug possession.
In November 2000, Weiland was invited to perform on the show VH1 Storytellers with the surviving members of The Doors. Weiland did vocals on two Doors songs, "Break On Through" and "Five to One." That same month Stone Temple Pilots appeared on The Doors tribute CD, Stoned Immaculate with their own rendition of "Break on Through" as the lead track. On June 19, 2001, STP released Shangri-La Dee Da; that same year the band headlined the Family Values Tour along with Linkin Park and Static-X. In late 2002, the band broke up with the DeLeo brothers and Weiland having had significant altercations back stage. In 2008, Stone Temple Pilots announced a 73-date U. S. tour on April 7 and performed together for the first time since 2002. The reunion tour kicked off at the Rock on the Range festival on May 17, 2008. According to Dean DeLeo, steps toward a Stone Temple Pilots reunion started with a simple phone call from Weiland's wife, she invited the DeLeo brothers to play at a private
Sugartooth was an alternative rock band, formed in the early 1990s. Timothy Michael Gruse Marc Hutner and Josh Blum formed the group after meeting each in the Southern California band circuit, they worked with two different drummers over time. The explosive success of Alternative/Grunge music and the growing appearance of bands like Candlebox prompted record companies to sign a large number of new bands as they came along; the song "Sold My Fortune" became a modest hit after appearing on an episode of Beavis and Butthead and the group opened shows for Slayer, Stone Temple Pilots, Soundgarden. Castillo recorded. During recording, Sugartooth contributed the music to a song called "Tortured Man" that the Dust Brothers were putting together for the soundtrack to the film Private Parts; this song would feature vocals by Howard Stern. After the commercial failure of their 1996 album, the band split up for good. Sugartooth The Sounds of Solid
Albert Leornes Greene known as The Reverend Al Green, is an American singer and record producer, best known for recording a series of soul hit singles in the early 1970s, including "Take Me to the River", "Tired of Being Alone", "I'm Still in Love with You", "Love and Happiness", his signature song, "Let's Stay Together". Inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995, Green was referred to on the museum's site as being "one of the most gifted purveyors of soul music", he has been referred to as "The Last of the Great Soul Singers". Green was included in the Rolling Stone list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time, ranking at No. 65, as well as its list of the 100 Greatest Singers, at No. 14. Albert Leornes Greene was born on April 1946, in Forrest City, Arkansas; the sixth of ten children born to Cora Lee and Robert G. Greene, Jr. a sharecropper, Al began performing with his brothers in a group called the Greene Brothers at around the age of ten. The Greene family relocated to Michigan, in the late 1950s.
Al was kicked out of the family home while in his teens, after his devoutly religious father caught him listening to Jackie Wilson."I listened to Mahalia Jackson, all the great gospel singers. But the most important music to me was those hip-shakin' boys: Elvis Presley. I just loved Elvis Presley. Whatever he got, I went out and bought."In high school, Al formed a vocal group called Al Greene & the Creations. Two of the group's members, Curtis Rodgers and Palmer James, formed an independent label called Hot Line Music Journal. In 1968, having changed their name to Al Greene & the Soul Mates, they recorded the song "Back Up Train", releasing it on Hot Line Music; the song was a hit on the R&B charts. However, the group's subsequent follow-ups failed to chart. While performing with the Soul Mates, Green came into contact with Memphis record producer Willie Mitchell, who hired him in 1969 to be a vocalist for a Texas show with Mitchell's band. Following the performance, Mitchell asked Green to sign with his Hi Records label.
Having noted that Green had been trying to sing like Jackie Wilson, Sam Cooke, Wilson Pickett, James Brown, Mitchell became his vocal mentor, coaching him into finding his own voice. Before releasing his first album with Hi, Green removed the final "e" from his name. Subsequently, he released Green Is Blues, a moderate success, his follow-up album, Al Green Gets Next to You, featured the hit R&B cover of the Temptations' "I Can't Get Next to You", recorded in a slow blues-oriented version. The album featured his first significant hit, "Tired of Being Alone", which sold a million copies and was certified gold, becoming the first of seven consecutive gold singles Green would record in the next couple of years. Green's next album, Let's Stay Together, solidified his place in soul music; the title track was his biggest hit to date, reaching number one on both the Billboard Hot 100 and R&B charts. The album became his first to be certified gold, his follow-up, I'm Still in Love with You went platinum with the help of the singles "Look What You Done for Me" and the title track, both of which went to the top ten on the Hot 100.
His next album, Call Me produced three top ten singles: "You Ought to Be with Me", "Call Me", "Here I Am". Green's album Livin' for You was his last album to be certified gold. In addition to these hit singles, Green had radio hits with songs such as "Love and Happiness", his cover of the Bee Gees' "How Can You Mend a Broken Heart", "Simply Beautiful", "What a Wonderful Thing Love Is", "Take Me to the River" covered by new wave band Talking Heads and blues artist Syl Johnson. Green continued to record successful R&B hits in the next several years including "Livin' for You", "Let's Get Married", "Sha-La-La", "L-O-V-E" and "Full of Fire". By the time Green released the album, The Belle Album in 1977, Green's record sales had plummeted due to Green's own personal issues during this time and his desire to become a minister, his last Hi Records album, Truth n' Time, was failed to become a success. Two years he left Hi for Myrrh Records and recorded only gospel music for the next decade and a half.
Green's first gospel album, The Lord Will Make a Way, was released in 1980. The title song from the album would win Green his first of eight Grammy Awards in the Best Soul Gospel Performance category. In 1982, Green co-starred with Patti LaBelle in the Broadway play, "Your Arms Too Short to Box with God", his 1985 gospel album, He Is the Light reunited Green with Willie Mitchell while his 1987 follow-up, Soul Survivor, featured the minor hit, "Everything's Gonna Be Alright", which reached number 22 on the R&B chart, his first top 40 R&B hit since "I Feel Good" in 1978. Green returned to secular music in 1988 recording "Put a Little Love in Your Heart" with Annie Lennox. Featured on the soundtrack to the movie, the song became Green's first top 10 pop hit since 1974. Green had a hit in 1989 with "The Message" with producer Arthur Baker. Two years he recorded the theme song to the short-lived show Good Sports. In 1993, he signed with Baker again as producer, released the album, Don't Look Back. Green received his ninth Grammy award for his collaboration with Lyle Lovett for their duet of "Funny How Time Slips Away".
Green's 1995 album, Your Heart's In Good Hands, was released around the time that Green was inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The one single released from the album, "Keep On Pushing Love", was described as "invoking the original, spar
Timothy Ross Armstrong is an American musician, songwriter and actor. He is best known as the singer/guitarist for the punk rock band Rancid and hip hop/punk rock supergroup Transplants. Prior to forming Rancid, Armstrong was in the influential ska punk band Operation Ivy. In 1997, along with Brett Gurewitz of the band Bad Religion and owner of Epitaph Records, Armstrong founded Hellcat Records. In 2012, through his website, Armstrong started releasing music that influenced him, along with stripped-down cover songs of his own work under the name Tim Timebomb, he has released at least one song per week since late 2012. Armstrong is a songwriter for other artists. Armstrong won a Grammy Award for his work with Jimmy Cliff and Pink, has worked with Joe Walsh. At the age of five, Armstrong met Matt Freeman while playing Little League Baseball in Albany, California. Freeman and Armstrong formed a band many years based on their shared love of bands such as The Clash and the Ramones, they both went to High School.
Armstrong was married to musician Brody Dalle from 1997–2003. The two began dating in 1995, when Dalle was only 16, after they both played Summersault; the couple separated in 2003, after which Dalle began dating Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme. Armstrong and Dalle divorced; some of Rancid's songs on 1998's Life Won't Wait detail their relationship and songs on 2003's Indestructible deal with Armstrong's feelings about his divorce. Their divorce led to a back and forth feud between Armstrong and Homme. Dalle claims Armstrong was controlling of her and it took her three years to leave him; when she did she said Armstrong and his friends had her blacklisted from the music scene which forced the break-up of her band The Distillers. Armstrong denies these comments and claims that she had used him to come to the United States and his status in the music business to help her form a band and get noticed. Tim's cousin, was the guitarist for Canadian punk band Desperate Minds, but they did not know each other until they were introduced at a show in Chicago in 1988 by John Jughead of Screeching Weasel.
Armstrong's father, Don Armstrong, died in June 2012 at the age of 81, Armstrong dedicated many songs on his latest solo album to him. Due to their same last names, Armstrong is at times assumed to be the brother or cousin of Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong by fans of both bands. Green Day has covered Operation Ivy songs on their past on albums, Billie Joe co-wrote and performed on Rancid's song "Radio", was invited by Tim to join Rancid as a second guitarist in 1993, however he declined, Lars Frederiksen got the job. Tim directed the music video for Green Day's 2016 single "Bang Bang". In 2017, Armstrong and Billie Joe Armstrong, together with Tim's nephew Rey Armstrong and Billie Joe's son Joey Armstrong formed a supergroup "The Armstrongs" and released their first single "If there was a time". Basic Radio included Matt Freeman and Tim Armstrong; the band never released any albums or EPs, but recorded demos and were featured on local compilations. 2 years they broke up and Operation Ivy was founded shortly after.
In 1987, along with singer Jesse Michaels, bassist Matt Freeman and drummer Dave Mello, Armstrong formed the ska punk band Operation Ivy and enjoyed modest success before the group disbanded in 1989, the same night the album was released. The band would go on to achieve worldwide cult success in the years following its break-up. Dance Hall Crashers was formed in 1989 by Armstrong and Matt Freeman after both musicians expressed an interest in starting a band rooted in more traditional ska and rocksteady than what they had been playing with Operation Ivy; the first line-up featured Armstrong on vocals and Freeman on guitar, as well as drummer Erik Larsen, keyboardist Joey Schaaf, vocalist Andrew Champion, guitarist Grant McIntire, bassist Joel Wing. The band played their first show at 924 Gilman Street in Berkeley in 1989. Shortly after their debut and Armstrong left to pursue other interests. Downfall featured Armstrong and Mello, as well as Mello's brother Pat, Jason Hammon. Pat and Jason would both play guitar.
They lasted three months, playing only at a few parties and twice at Gilman St. They released one song on Maximumrocknroll's They Don't Get Paid, They Don't Get Laid, but Boy, Do They Work Hard! compilation, one song on David Hayes' Very Small World compilation, one song on Lookout! Records' Can of Pork compilation, recorded a demo, it disbanded when Freeman joined MDC on bass while Armstrong was a roadie for the band, while Pat and Dave went on to form Schlong. As time went on, suffering from depression and alcoholism became homeless. During this time, Freeman suggested the two start a new band together in hopes of curbing Armstrong's alcohol addiction. Armstrong began writing songs that would appear on their first album, their new band, Rancid would go on to become one of the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful punk rock bands of all time. Rancid has released nine studio albums since their formation. In 1999, Armstrong invited roadie Rob Aston to add lyrics to some solo material that Armstrong had been creating in his basement, the two wor