Billie Joe Armstrong Red Hair


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Armstrong was born in Oakland, California, and raised in nearby Rodeo, the youngest of six children of Ollie Jackson (born 1932) and Andrew Marciano Armstrong (1928–1982). Armstrong's father, a jazz musician and truck driver for Safeway, died of esophageal cancer in September 1982, when Armstrong was 10. The song "Wake Me Up When September Ends" is a memorial to his father. He has five older siblings: David, Alan, Marci, Hollie, and Anna. His mother worked as waitress at Rod's Hickory Pit restaurant in El Cerrito, where Armstrong and Dirnt played their first gig in 1987. Armstrong's great-great-grandparents Pietro Marsicano and Teresa Nigro were Italian immigrants from Viggiano, Basilicata who moved to Boston, Massachusetts before arriving in Berkeley, California in 1869. For this, he received the honorary citizenship of Viggiano in June 2018 by mayor Amedeo Cicala. He is also of Scotch-Irish, English, Scottish, Spanish, German, and Welsh descent. [citation needed]