Basic Background Info
Tré Cool, born Frank Edwin Wright III in Frankfurt, Germany, grew up in Willits, California, with his father and two siblings. In Willits, Tré’s neighbor, Lookout! Records owner Lawrence Livermore, invited twelve-year-old Tré to join local punk outfit The Lookouts. Livermore donned the stage named Tré Cool (very cool in French).
Tré Cool regularly performed at 924 Gilman Street, the non-profit alternative music foundation in Berkeley. When Green Day (also of Lookout! Records) parted ways with drummer John Kiffmeyer, they scoured the Gilman Street scene for a viable replacement and found Tré Cool. The band practiced in Tré Cool’s father’s living room before embarking on tours—which they arrived at via overhauled bookmobile driven by Tré Cool’s father.
Green Day’s debut full-length album, Dookie, found huge success to the tune of 15 million records sold worldwide. Green Day’s popularity is credited with bringing punk into the mainstream during the 1990s. Green Day continued recording hit records and playing to sold-out tours. In 2006, Green Day won Record of the Year at the Grammys for the single “Boulevard of Broken Dreams.”
In addition to drumming for Green Day, Tré Cool often sings and plays guitar. For example, he sings and strums on "Dominated Love Slave" and "All by Myself."
Tré Cool has two children, Ramona and Frankito.
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