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Time of Their Lives: Green Day’s 22 Biggest Days

As the punk rockers prepare to enter the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, we look back at the memorable moments that helped get them there

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As Green Day prepare to enter the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, a look back at their biggest days.

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It's been a long and twisted road, but somehow the three snotty punks in Green Day – singer and guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong, bassist Mike Dirnt and drummer Tré Cool – have made it from the cramped stage at Berkeley's 924 Gilman Street to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The band's induction this weekend is only the most recent significant moment in a career filled with 'em. From Woodstock to Broadway, smash albums to smashed teeth, mud fights to meltdowns, Green Day has experienced more than its share of highs, lows and downright odd incidents. Here, we look at some of the most memorable ones. Because as Armstrong sang on 1995's "Jaded," "Going straight will get you nowhere."

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day performs as part of the UCSF Concert for Kids at AT&T Park on November 19, 2013 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)

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I’ll Be You

Armstrong has often referred to the Replacements' Paul Westerberg as a "hero," and so when Westerberg was grounded with back pain for the Minneapolis legends' reunion gig at Coachella on April 19th, 2014, the Green Day frontman was only too happy to come to the rescue. Armstrong, who once recalled seeing the Replacements perform in 1987 all dressed in plaid, came on stage at Coachella – in a plaid suit, natch – and backed up Westerberg as the 'Mats singer reclined on a sofa. Armstrong provided similar support at various festival gigs through the summer. Was he psyched? Before playing the Forecastle Festival in Louisville, Kentucky, Armstrong uploaded a photo of himself with Replacements bassist Tommy Stinson to his Instagram account with the hashtag, #holyshitIminthereplacements.

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