Tré Cool

born on 9/12/1972 in Frankfurt am Main, Hessen, Germany

Alias Frank Edwin Wright III

Tre Cool

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Tre Cool
Genres Punk rock, alternative rock, pop punk, hardcore punk, garage rock, new wave
Occupations Musician
Instruments Drums, vocals, accordion, guitar, percussion, piano, violin
Years active 1985present
Labels Reprise, Lookout!, Adeline
Associated acts Green Day, The Lookouts, The Network, Foxboro Hot Tubs, Samiam

Frank Edwin Wright III (born on December 9, 1972), better known as Tré Cool, is a German American drummer, best known as the drummer for Green Day. He replaced the group's former drummer John Kiffmeyer in 1991. Cool has also played in The Lookouts, Samiam and the Green Day side-projects The Network and the Foxboro Hot Tubs.

Life and career

Frank Edwin Wright III was born in Frankfurt, Germany. He lived in Willits, California with his father and his older sister Lori. His father was a helicopter pilot during the Vietnam War.[1] Wright's closest neighbor was Larry Livermore, who at the time was the singer of the punk band The Lookouts. When Wright was 12, Livermore recruited him as the drummer of The Lookouts and gave him the name of "Tré Cool",[1] relying on both the French word "très" (meaning "very")[2] combined with the word "cool". However, the silent "s" has been dropped in the spelling, as a play on the "third" in his name. A common misconception is that Larry Livermore gave Tré Cool his full nickname; however, he was known as "Tré" long before he joined The Lookouts.[3]

When Green Day's drummer, John Kiffmeyer, left the band, the group recruited Cool to be its drummer. In his sophomore year, Cool dropped out of high school and opted to earn a GED. He began taking classes at a local community college but would later drop out as well as the band became a more time consuming priority. During this time the band considered breaking up because it took a long time to adjust to playing with Cool.[1] He is the godfather of lead singer/guitarist of Green Day, Billie Joe Armstrong's kids.

Cool's father was supportive and overhauled a bookmobile to transport the band. He would later say: "I watched them go from a bunch of kids to a group of musicians with work ethic", also adding: "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.'"[4]

In 1998, after Green Day won a "Moon Man" Trophy at the MTV Music Awards, Tré Cool famously scaled the Universal Globe at Universal Studios, but escaped with no punishment, only compliments and cheers. Cool has been the only person to ever do so.[5]

Tré Cool was nominated and won as "Best Punk Drummer" in DRUM! Magazines 2011 Drummies, which recognizes some of the best drummers across music genres. [6] He was also featured in the Nitpick Six: The Six Best Drum Fills and ranked in at number 6 for the intro to "Basket Case".[7]

Musical style

Before joining Green Day, Cool employed a more intricate drumming style. He explained that "When I started, I had too many drums. I was a little reggae-happy and into fancier beats than was needed. It took me awhile to get it: Play the song, don't play the instrument. I started figuring out how to make the band a stronger unit, to make it jump."[8] After playing with Green Day bassist Mike Dirnt, Cool adopted a more rhythmic style with less drum fills to match Dirnt's bass riffs.[8]

Greg Kot of the Chicago Tribune referred to Cool as "Green Day's most potent weapon", adding that "His monstrous kick-drum wallop evokes John Bonham, while his manic fills make him punk's answer to Keith Moon."[9] His stage persona has also been compared to Moon.[10] Sound engineer Neill King, who worked with Green Day on Dookie, noted that Cool shares Moon's "wild animal approach" to playing drums, and explained that the band encountered difficulties while recording "Basket Case" due to his unpredictable style: "Its not that Tré wasnt a good drummer, but in terms of his performances we wanted the best of the best...So, although we wanted him to do all of his wild fills and crazy drumming, we couldnt just let him go. Hed drift in and out of time, which is terrific live, but which was unacceptable on radio at that time."[11]

Personal life

In 1995, Cool married photographer Lisea Lyons. Their daughter Ramona Isabel Wright, named after Cool's idol, Joey Ramone, was also born that year. In 2001, he married Claudia Suarez. Their son, Frankito (which means "Little Frank"), born on March 26, 2001. [12] He has also been romantically linked to Torry Castellano, former drummer for The Donnas.[13]

Singing and songwriting

Cool sang and played guitar on the tracks "Dominated Love Slave" and "All by Myself", from Kerplunk and Dookie, respectively, both of which he wrote and composed (on "Dominated Love Slave", guitarist and vocalist Billie Joe Armstrong played drums). He wrote and sang the subtrack "Rock and Roll Girlfriend" from the medley "Homecoming" featured on the album American Idiot. He also sang and composed the track "DUI" ("Driving Under the Influence"), which was recorded for Green Day's fifth studio album Nimrod (1997) and was due to be released on the compilation album Shenanigans in 2002, but was omitted and can only be found online.

During a radio interview at Washington DC's alternative station DC 101, Cool sang and played acoustic guitar on a short song entitled "Like a Rat Does Cheese," a song about the pleasure of fellatio.

Several live tracks also exist, usually from 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.

Cool had also recorded a version of Tay Zonday's "Chocolate Rain." It was posted on YouTube on August 1, 2007. His cover was mentioned in several news journals.[14]


Green Day

  • Kerplunk! (1992) drums, guitar and lead vocals on "Dominated Love Slave"
  • Dookie (1994) drums, guitar and vocals on "All by Myself"
  • Insomniac (1995) drums
  • Nimrod (1997) drums
  • Warning (2000) drums, accordion
  • American Idiot (2004) drums, lead vocals on "Rock and Roll Girlfriend"
  • Bullet in a Bible (2005) drums, backing vocals
  • 21st Century Breakdown (2009) drums
  • Awesome as Fuck (2011) drums, backing vocals
  • ¡Uno! (2012) - drums
  • ¡Dos! (2012) drums
  • ¡Tré! (2013) drums, piano


  • Bullet in a Bible (film; 2005) drums, himself, backing vocals
  • Awesome as Fuck (film; 2011) drums, himself, backing vocals

The Lookouts

  • One Planet One People (1987) - drums, vocals, lead vocals on "The Mushroom Is Exploding"
  • Spy Rock Road (1989) - drums, lead vocals on "That Girl's from Outer Space"

Foxboro Hot Tubs

  • Stop Drop and Roll!!! (2008) drums

Other media appearances

  • King of the Hill (TV series; 1997) Cane Skretteberg
  • Riding in Vans with Boys (film; 2003) himself
  • Live Freaky! Die Freaky! (film; 2006) - The Maid
  • The Simpsons Movie (film; 2007) himself
  • Green Day: Rock Band (video game; 2010) himself
  • The Fairly OddParents (TV series; 2001) - himself


Cool has used drums of different companies over the years, including drums built by DW (Drum Workshop), Ayotte, Slingerland, Sherwood, Ludwig, and Leedy. He currently uses Gretsch drums and Zildjian cymbals.

American Idiot Drum Setup:

Drum Set: Five piece Ludwig Classic Maple Series Kit in Silver Sparkle Finish with Remo Drumheads

  • 18"×22" Bass drum with a Clear Powerstroke 3 on batter and Ebony Powerstroke 3 (with Green Day's American Idiot logo) on reso
  • 10"×14" Rack Tom with a Coated Emperor on batter and Clear Ambassador on reso
  • 16"×16" Floor Tom with a Coated Emperor on batter and Clear Ambassador on reso
  • 16"×18" Floor Tom with a Coated Emperor on batter and Clear Ambassador on reso
  • 7"×14" Noble & Cooley Classic SS Series Snare with a Coated Powerstroke 3 on Batter and hazy snare side Ambassador on reso (Tré occasionally used a 6.5x14 Ludwig Black Beauty Snare)
  • 14" K/Z Special Hi-hats
  • 19" K Dark Medium Thin Crash
  • 19" A Medium Thin Crash
  • 22" A Ping Ride or 22" K Heavy Ride
  • 21" A Sweet Ride or 20" Vintage Avedis Ride (Used as Crash). A 21" Bosphorus and a 20" K Crashride as well.
  • 20" FX Oriental Classic China (Tré occasionally used the 20" FX Oriental China "Trash")

21st Century Breakdown Drum Setup

Drum Set: Five piece Leedy Custom Maple Kit in White Marine Nitron Finish with Remo Drumheads

  • 16"×22" Bass drum with a Clear Powerstroke 3 on batter and Smooth White Powerstroke 3 (with Green Day's 21st Century Breakdown logo) on reso
  • 09"×13" Tom with a Coated Emperor on batter and Clear Ambassador on reso
  • 16"×16" Floor Tom with a Coated Emperor on batter and Clear Ambassador on reso
  • 16"×18" Floor Tom with a Coated Emperor on batter and Clear Ambassador on reso
  • 6.5"×14" Leedy Broadway Standard Snare with a Coated Emperor x on batter and hazy snare side Ambassador on reso
  • 14" K/Z Special Hi-hats
  • 19" K Dark Thin Crash
  • 19" A Medium Thin Crash
  • 22" A Ping Ride or 22" A Deep Ride
  • 21" A Sweet Ride
  • 20" FX Oriental Classic China (Tre has used the 20" but in the later shows of the 21st Century Breakdown Tour, He can be seen using the 22 Inch)

¡Uno! ¡Dos! ¡Tré! Setup:

Drum Set: Five piece Gretsch USA Custom Kit in Amber with Remo Drumheads

((These drum sizes are most likely correct, but have not been confirmed. The cymbals and drum heads are confirmed.))

  • 16"x22" Bass drum with Clear Powerstroke 3 on batter and smooth ebony Powerstroke three (with "¡Uno!" "¡Dos!" and "¡Tré!" logo) on the Resonant.
  • 9x13" Rack Tom with a Coated Emperor on the batter, and a Clear Ambassador on the reso.
  • 16"x16" Floor Tom with Coated Emperor on the batter, and clear ambassador on the reso.
  • 16"x18" Floor Tom with Coated Emperor on the batter, and clear ambassador on the reso.
  • 6.5"x14" Gretsch USA Custom Snare drum (what kind has not been confirmed) with an Emperor Coated X on the Batter and a hazy snare side Ambassador on the reso. On his Instagram account, Tré states he uses an USA Custom Wood Snare outdoors and an aluminum one indoors.
  • 14" K/Z Special Hi-hats
  • 19" K Dark Thin Crash
  • 19" A Medium Thin Crash
  • 22" A Ping Ride or 22" A Deep Ride
  • 21" A Sweet Ride
  • 19" K Custom Hybrid Trash Smash

Gretsch Drums posted a photo in June 2012 on their official Facebook page of Cool with a Gretsch Brooklyn Series Kit in Ruby Red Oyster finish. The picture was accompanied by caption saying, "Green Days Tré Cool takes some time from rehearsals from the bands forthcoming world tour to show some love for his Gretsch Brooklyn".

See also

  • List of drummers


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Tre Cool Biography. Retrieved on 2011-06-26.
  2. très Reverso French-English Dictionary
  3. That Damned Exclamation Point. (2009-09-13). Retrieved on 2011-06-26.
  4. Rolling Stone, January 26, 1995
  5. Tré Cool Climbs The MTV Globe (26 Nov 2006).
  8. 8.0 8.1 Fricke, David (May 15, 2009). Tre Cool on Growing Up Punk and Finding Green Day's Groove. Rolling Stone. Jann Wenner. Retrieved on February 17, 2012.
  9. Kot, Greg, Review: American Idiot - Green Day, The Chicago Tribune, Tribune Company, September 26, 2004. URL accessed on February 17, 2012.
  10. Paulson, Dave, Green Day surprises with age, The Tennessean, Gannett Company, July 30, 2009. URL accessed on February 17, 2012.
  11. Buskin, Richard (February 2, 2011). Green Day: 'Basket Case' - Classic Tracks. Sound on Sound. SOS Publications Group. Retrieved on February 17, 2012.
  14. Joal Ryan (August 9, 2007). The "Chocolate" Reign of Tay Zonday. Retrieved on 2007-08-10.

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Green Day
Billie Joe Armstrong | Mike Dirnt | Tré Cool
Jason White | John Kiffmeyer
1,039/Smoothed Out Slappy Hours | Kerplunk! | Dookie | Insomniac | Nimrod
Warning: | International Superhits! | Shenanigans | American Idiot | Bullet in a Bible
Famous songs
Longview | Basket Case | Brain Stew | When I Come Around | J.A.R. | Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)
Minority | Welcome to Paradise | American Idiot | Boulevard of Broken Dreams | Holiday
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