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Tré Cool

Tré Cool
Background information
Birth name Frank Edwin Wright III
Also known as Tré Cool[1][2]
The Snoo[3]
Born (1972-12-09) December 9, 1972
Frankfurt, West Germany[4]
Origin Willits, California, US
Genres Punk rock, alternative rock, pop punk, hardcore punk, garage rock, new wave
Occupation(s) Musician, composer
Instruments Drums, vocals, accordion, guitar, percussion, piano, violin
Years active 1985–present
Labels Reprise, Lookout!, Adeline
Associated acts Green Day, The Lookouts, The Network, Foxboro Hot Tubs, Samiam

Tré Cool (born Frank Edwin Wright III; December 9, 1972) 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 1
  • Musical style 2
  • Personal life 3
  • Singing and songwriting 4
  • Discography 5
    • Green Day 5.1
      • DVD 5.1.1
    • The Lookouts 5.2
    • Foxboro Hot Tubs 5.3
    • The Network 5.4
    • Other media appearances 5.5
  • Equipment 6
  • See also 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9

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. He has German heritage, and his father was a helicopter pilot during the Vietnam War.[5][6] 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",[6] relying on both the French word "très" (meaning "very") and the English word "cool" as a way of saying he was "very 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.[7]

When Green Day's drummer, John Kiffmeyer, left the band, the group recruited Cool to be its drummer. In his second 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.[6] 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.'"[8]

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.[9]

In December 2012 Green Day released the third of their trilogy albums entitled ¡Tré! in honour of the drummer. The song "Fell For You" on Green Day's album ¡Uno! was originally entitled "Fell For Snoo" (Snoo being Cool's nickname), as seen on the documentary making of the trilogy, ¡Cuatro!.

Tré Cool won "Best Punk Drummer" in DRUM! Magazine's 2011 Drummies, which recognizes some of the best drummers across music genres.[10] 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".[11]

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."[12] After playing with Green Day bassist Mike Dirnt, Cool adopted a more rhythmic style with fewer drum fills to match Dirnt's bass riffs.[12]

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."[13] His stage persona has also been compared to Moon.[14] 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."[15]

Personal life

Cool was the first member of Green Day to become a father on January 12, 1995 with the birth of his daughter Ramona Isabel. Tre then married his longterm girlfriend Lisea Lyons, a talented photographer with a degree in English Literature and a Masters in Fine Art in March. Lisea and Tre divorced the following year and Lisea moved with Ramona to New York where she raised her daughter and has a successful career as a photographer and artist.[16][17] Ramona recently appeared as a Kit Kat girl in the Brandeis Theater Company's production of Cabaret. In 2000 Cool married Claudia Suarez (Bovino)and Cool's second child Frankito (meaning "Little Frank") was born on March 26, 2001.[16] He is the godson of Billie Joe Armstrong. Cool is also the godfather of Armstrong's two children, Joseph and Jakob. Cool and Suarez divorced in 2003 and Claudia has primary custody of their son Frankito. Following his divorce from Claudia, Tre began dating Torry Castellano - drummer from The Donnas - and he told Kerrang when they later split it was due to his inability to remain sober in L.A. Tre then began dating MTV host Ruri Hegarty who remains close friends with band mate Billie Joe Armstrong and attended his 40th birthday in 2012 despite their breakup several years beforehand. Cool dated model Cara Provenzano attending many award shows and events together in 2009 and early 2010. In 2010 Tre began dating New York ballet dancer and fashion designer Dena Roberson. Cool had her name tattooed on his chest. Cool was engaged to Dena at Supperclub in San Francisco on March 31, 2011 and rumors of the engagement were rampant at the final show of American Idiot on Broadway but Cool waited to announce the happy news on his Facebook.[18] In 2012 Cool began dating New York based model and artist Karli Henneman. Henneman appeared briefly in the Green Day documentary Cuatro and a photograph of her legs was posted by Cool posed in front of his car with the hashtag "Lita"[19] (Henneman often signs her paintings using this name[20]). Cool began dating Zurich based (South African born) model and business woman Purista Blenk in the summer of 2012. In January 2013 they attended the screening of Cuatro together at the Winter X Games in Aspen Colerado.[21] Purista also joined Cool on Green Day's 99 Revolutions Tour in 2013 and the couple were filmed enjoying a day off in Sweden at a theme park on June 28, 2013.[22] Tré was engaged to former Miss Supercross and paddock girl Sara Rose Lipert in January 2014, and they were married on October 11, 2014.[23][24]

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.[25]


Green Day


  • 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

The Network

  • Money Money 2020 (2003) – drums, lead vocals on "Hungry Hungry Models" (as The Snoo)

Other media appearances


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

American Idiot Drum Setup:

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

  • 22"×18" Bass drum with a Clear Powerstroke 3 on batter and Ebony Powerstroke 3 (with Green Day's American Idiot logo) on reso
  • 14"×10" 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
  • 18"×16" Floor Tom with a Coated Emperor on batter and Clear Ambassador on reso
  • 14"x7" Noble & Cooley Classic SS Series Snare with a Coated Powerstroke 3 on Batter and hazy snare side Ambassador on reso (Tré occasionally used a 14"6 1/2" 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
  • 21" A Sweet Ride (Used as Crash). A 21" Bosphorus (Used as a Crash for later 2005 Shows)
  • 20" FX Oriental Classic China (Tré occasionally used the 20" FX Oriental China "Trash" (Very Rarely)

21st Century Breakdown Drum Setup

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

  • 22"x16" Bass drum with a Clear Powerstroke 3 on batter and Smooth White Powerstroke 3 (with Green Day's 21st Century Breakdown logo) on reso
  • 13"x9" Mounted 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
  • 18"×16" Floor Tom with a Coated Emperor on batter and Clear Ambassador on reso
  • 14"x6 1/2" 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
  • 21" A Sweet Ride (as a Crash)
  • 20" FX Oriental Classic China.

'¡Uno!' ‘¡Dos!' ‘¡Tré!' Setup:

Drum Set: Gretcsh 5pc USA Custom Kit Champagne Sparkel finsh, and Remo Heads

  • 22"x16" Bass drum with Clear Powerstroke 3 on batter and a Powerstroke 3 (with "¡Uno!" "¡Dos!" and "¡Tré!" logo) on the Resonant.
  • 13"x9" Mounted Tom with a Coated Emperor on the batter, and a Clear Ambassador on the reso.
  • 16"×16" Floor Tom with Coated Emperor on the batter, and clear ambassador on the reso.
  • 18"×16" Floor Tom with Coated Emperor on the batter, and clear ambassador on the reso.
  • 14"x6 1/2" USA Custom Wood Snare Drum with an Emperor Coated X on the Batter and a hazy snare side Ambassador on the reso.
  • 14" K/Z Hi Hats
  • 19" K Dark Thin Crash
  • 19" A Medium Thin Crash
  • 22" A Deep Ride
  • 21" A Sweet Ride (as a Crash)
  • 19" K Custom Hybrid Trash Smash

Tré has been seen using the updated A Zildjian cymbals that came out early 2013. He played them during the last Australian shows in 2014.

SJC Custom Kit with HoundsTooth over Marine Finish.

  • 14.5x22 Bass Drum
  • 9x13 Rack Tom
  • 16x16 Floor Tom
  • 16x18 Floor Tom
  • 7x14 Snare


  • 14" K/Z Hi Hats
  • 19" K Dark Thin Crash
  • 19" A Medium Thin Crash
  • 22" A Deep Ride
  • 21" A Sweet Ride (Used as a Crash)
  • 19" K Custom Hybrid Trash Smash

SJC Custom Kit with Custom Bunny/TC Shield Wrap

  • 15x24 Bass Drum
  • 9x13 Rack Tom
  • 16x16 Floor Tom
  • 16x18 Floor Tom
  • 7x14 Snare


  • 14" K/Z Hi Hats
  • 19" K Dark Thin Crash
  • 19" A Medium Thin Crash
  • 22" A Deep Ride
  • 21" A Sweet Ride (Used as a Crash)
  • 19" K Custom Hybrid Trash Smash

See also


  1. ^ The spelling Tré is used in the opening and closing credits of the Bullet in a Bible DVD.
  2. ^ This DVDBullet in a Biblearticle on the repeats the Tré spelling found in the credits.
  3. ^ Owen, Chess. "Names -> Music Performer Pseudonyms -> S". Retrieved 2008-05-12. The Snoo, Frank Edwin Wright LXI, Tré's cover name when he plays in the band  
  4. ^ Tre Cool Biography. Retrieved on 2011-06-26.
  5. ^ "Band – Biography". GREEN DAY INC. Retrieved February 6, 2014. 
  6. ^ a b c Tre Cool Biography. Retrieved on 2011-06-26.
  7. ^ That Damned Exclamation Point. (September 13, 2009). Retrieved on 2011-06-26.
  8. ^ Rolling Stone, January 26, 1995
  9. ^ "Tré Cool Climbs The MTV Globe". November 26, 2006. 
  10. ^ Tre Cool wins "Best Punk Drummer" in the 2011 Drummies. Greendayauthority.com1-07-07). Retrieved on 2013-03-19.
  11. ^ Wasoba, Ryan. (October 24, 2011) 2 The Six Best Drum Fills – St. Louis – Music – FTomusic – Page 2. Retrieved on 2013-03-19.
  12. ^ a b Fricke, David (May 15, 2009). "Tre Cool on Growing Up Punk and Finding Green Day's Groove". Rolling Stone. Jann Wenner. Retrieved February 17, 2012. 
  13. ^ Kot, Greg (September 26, 2004). "Review: American Idiot – Green Day". The Chicago Tribune (Tribune Company). Retrieved February 17, 2012. 
  14. ^ Paulson, Dave (July 30, 2009). "Green Day surprises with age".  
  15. ^ Buskin, Richard (February 2, 2011). "Green Day: 'Basket Case' – Classic Tracks". Sound on Sound. SOS Publications Group. Retrieved February 17, 2012. 
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  24. ^,2171/Miss-Supercross-2008,7817/BrownDogWilson,146
  25. ^ Joal Ryan (August 9, 2007). "The "Chocolate" Reign of Tay Zonday". Retrieved 2007-08-10. 

External links

  • Tré Cool at the Internet Movie Database
  • DRUM! Magazine's interview with Tre Cool
  • Tre Cool at
  • Tre Cool at contains discography and equipment list
  • Tre Cool at
  • Tre Cool biography on Green Day Authority
  • YouTube Chocolate Rain as performed by Tre Cool
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