Someone recently asked me what rock band of the last quarter-century—formed after 1985—has been the most successful. (That eliminates U2 of course.) My immediate answer was 'Green Day'.
Some could make the case that Nirvana, despite their short seven-year lifespan, has been the most influential band—and has justifiably earned its title as 'the flagship band of Generation X'. But it's hard to argue with Green Day's twenty years of commercial success and the critical acclaim of its last two albums, American Idiot and Twenty-first Century Breakdown.
And now the punk trio has inspired a Broadway musical.
Income from record royalties, music publishing, live performances, and merchandising should keep the boys off food stamps for a while.