2 Mike DirntMike Dirnt is the bassist from Green Day. His real name is Michael Pritchard. He got his nickname from when he used to play the air bass in his school band, he used to make the noise “dirnt” with his mouth.
3 What He DoesMike plays bass, sings and plays keyboard for a few different bands. The bands that he is playing in and has played in are: “Green Day”, “The Network”, “The Foxboro Hot Tubs”, “The Frustrators”, “Screaming Weasel” and “Squirtgun”.
4 How They MetIn the cafeteria in Carquinez Middle School, ten year old Dirnt met Billie Joe Armstrong, with whom he bonded instantly. Armstrong began to teach Dirnt how to play guitar, and the two spent much time in Armstrong's bedroom learning to play songs by Ozzy Osbourne and Van Halen. They formed a group with fellow students Raj Punjabi on drums and Jason Andrew Relva on bass, with Armstrong playing lead guitar and Dirnt playing rhythm guitar.
5 Green Day Discography And What Mike Did 39/Smooth (1990) – bass guitar, backing vocalsKerplunk! (1992) – bass guitar, backing vocalsDookie (1994) – bass guitar, backing vocalsInsomniac (1995) – bass guitar, backing vocalsNimrod (1997) – bass guitar, backing vocals, baseball bat (as written in the album's liner notes)Warning (2000) – bass guitar, backing vocals, farfisa on "Misery"American Idiot (2004) – bass guitar, backing vocals, lead vocals on "Nobody Likes You" and the non-album track "Governator"21st Century Breakdown (2009) – bass guitar, backing vocals, lead vocals on "Modern World"¡Uno! ¡Dos! ¡Tré! Trilogy (2012) – bass guitar, backing vocals and lead vocals on part of "Sex, Drugs and Violence"
6 Why He Inspires MeDirnt Inspires me because he is really good at bass. He and Armstrong have been very good friends and have worked together forever. “In the live album, Bullet in a Bible, Armstrong calls Dirnt “The best bass player in the history of punk rock.”” He is also very versatile as he sings and plays guitar