Frank Edwin Wright III (born on December 9, 1972), better known by his stage name Tré Cool, is an American drummer, best known as the drummer for Green Day. He replaced the group's former drummer John Kiffmeyer in 1990. 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, West Germany. He lived in Willits, California with his father and his elder sister Lori. His father was a helicopter pilot during the Vietnam War. 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 Tre took on the name of "Tré Cool", relying on both the Spanish word "tres" (meaning "three") and the English word "cool" as a way of saying he was "triple 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.
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. He is the godfather of lead singer/guitarist of Green Day, Billie Joe Armstrong's children.
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.'"
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.
In December 2012 Green Day released the third of their trilogy albums entitled ¡Tre! in honour of the drummer. The song Fell For You on Green Day's album ¡Uno! (September 2012) was originally entitled Fell For Snoo (Snoo being Cool's nickname) as seen on Cuatro (Documentary making of the trilogy).
Tré Cool won "Best Punk Drummer" in DRUM! Magazine's 2011 Drummies, which recognizes some of the best drummers across music genres. 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".
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." After playing with Green Day bassist Mike Dirnt, Cool adopted a more rhythmic style with fewer drum fills to match Dirnt's bass riffs.
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." His stage persona has also been compared to Moon. 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: "It’s not that Tré wasn’t 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 couldn’t just let him go. He’d drift in and out of time, which is terrific live, but which was unacceptable on radio at that time."
Cool was the first member of Green Day to become a father on January 12, 1995 with the birth of his daughter Ramona Isabel. Ramona was named after Cool's hero Joey Ramone. Ramona now resides in New York. Cool's second child Frankito (meaning "Little Frank") was born on March 26, 2001 and is the godson of Billie Joe Armstrong. Tre Cool is also the godfather of Billie Joe Armstrong's two children Jakob and Joseph.
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 sarsion of Tay Zonday's "Chocolate Rain." It was posted on YouTube on August 1, 2007. His cover was mentioned in several news journals
Tré Cool Drumstick Collection
Current Drumstick Count in Collection: 3.