Tré Cool (born Frank Edwin Wright III, December 9 1972, in Frankfurt, Germany) is the drummer of the punk rock band Green Day. He replaced the band's former drummer Al Sobrante.
Frank Edwin Wright III was born December 9, 1972 in Frankfurt
, West Germany
, making him the youngest member of Green Day. He lived in Willits, California with his father and his two older siblings. His father, a helicopter pilot in the Vietnam War
, decided to move the family there to insulate them upon his return to the United States.
Wright's closest neighbor was future Lookout! Records owner Larry Livermore, who at the time was the singer of the punk band The Lookouts. At age 12, Livermore recruited Wright to join The Lookouts, and gave him the name of Tré Cool, which he believed to mean "very cool" in French (the French word for "very" is très ). When Green Day's drummer Al Sobrante left the band they recruited Cool to play drums. Cool decided to drop out of high school his sophomore year. However, he passed an equivalency test and earned his GED, and began taking classes at a nearby community college. He had to drop out of college however, when the demands of Green Day's touring intensified.
Cool's father, who owned a small company, overhauled a used bookmobile, and even served as the driver on three separate tours. "I watched them go from a bunch of kids to a group of musicians with work ethic," says Cool's father, Frank Wright II. "On their first tour or two, it was more of a party than anything else. I still scratch my head and say, 'How in the hell did they make it?' They used to practice in my living room here — a lot of the songs they did on Dookie. You hear it coming together, and you don't expect people are going to go out and buy it. But when it does, you just say, 'Wow, that's so cool.'"
Tré sings and plays guitar on the tracks "Dominated Love Slave
" and "All by Myself
", from Kerplunk!
, respectively. He wrote the subtrack "Rock and Roll Girlfriend
" from the Medley
" featured on the album American Idiot
. He also sang and composed the track "DUI" ("Driving Under the Influence"), which was recorded during the Nimrod
sessions, and was due to be released on Shenanigans
(a compilation of B-sides), but was omitted on the US version of the album. It was, however, released on the Japanese version.
During a radio interview at Washington DC's alternative station DC 101, Tré sang and played the guitar to a short song titled "Like a Rat does Cheese", a song about the pleasure of fellatio.
Several live tracks also exist, usually from early dates around 1993, such as "Food Around the Corner", a song from the 1943 Elmer Fudd cartoon "An Itch in Time". Another live track "Billie Joe's Mom" was also recorded.
Green Day recently recorded a version of Tay Zonday's "Chocolate Rain" with Tré Cool singing and Billie Joe on drums. Cool posted it on YouTube on August 1, 2007. His cover was mentioned in several news journals.
Tre married his long time girlfriend Lisea Lyons in March of 1995 and had a child called Ramona Isabelle on January 12, 1995. They divorced sometime after. In May 2000, he married Claudia. In 2003, he and Claudia broke up. Frankito ("Little Frank"), born 2001 to Claudia.
Tre currently uses Ludwig drums and Zildjian cymbals.
Drum kit: Ludwig Classic Maple in gold sparkle
- 22x18 Bass drum
- 14x10 Tom
- 16x16 Floor Tom
- 18x16 Floor Tom
- 14x6.5 Snare (Black Beauty Supra-Phonic)
- 14" K/Z Special hats
- 20" K Dark Crash/Ride
- 20" Oriental China Trash
- 19" A Medium Thin Crash
- 19" K Dark Crash Thin
- 22" A Ping Ride
- Drumsticks: Zildjian Tre Cool Signature