Tim Armstrong is one kingpin who has remained on the scene of the American punk rock genre from the 1990s to date. The veteran is popular as the vocalist cum guitarist of the renowned band Rancid, as well as the supergroup, Transplant, though his career took off long before the bands attained popularity. The revered musician also functions as a songwriter, producer, and actor.
Before Rancid, Tim was with Operation Ivy – an influential ska-punk band, he started Hellcat Records in 1997 after teaming up with Brett Gurewitz. Brett came from a Bad Religion music band and is also the owner of Epitaph Records. The renowned vocalist (Tim Armstrong) emerged under the name Tim Timebomb to release several songs through his YouTube channel. He has also come in as a composer for other musicians and has bagged a Grammy award for his efforts in this field of entertainment.
Tim Armstrong Biography
He was born and named Timothy Lockwood Armstrong in Albany, California, the United States of America. His birth occurred on the 25th of November 1965. He is an American by nationality and his ethnicity is white. His mum’s identity is not known to the public but according to what is obtainable, she was the one who raised him. Tim’s dad has been identified as Don Armstrong who died at the old age of 81 in June 2012. Tim Armstrong spent his early years alongside two older brothers Greg and Jeff Armstrong. He met his lifelong best friend and bandmate Matt Freeman at the age of 5; they both attended the Little League Baseball in Albany, California, and were in Operation Ivy and Rancid together.
On the academic front, there is no record of any higher education but he attended Albany Middle School, as well as High School with his best friend Matt. As they share the same last name, Tim has often been mistaken for the brother of the frontman of Green Day, Billie Joe Armstrong. Anyway, it has been established that there are no blood ties between them, they just happen to be close friends.
Tim would later collaborate with Billie, his nephew Rey Armstrong and Billie’s son named Joey Armstrong to form one supergroup called The Armstrongs, their first single titled If there was Ever a Time came to light in 2017.
Tim Armstrong may not be named among the top-earning musicians in the world but he has fared well thus far. One of the albums he produced for Rancid titled And Out Come the Wolves became one of the top-selling punk albums worldwide. For his efforts, he could boast of fortunes valued at an estimate of $13 million.
Fast Facts to Know About Tim Armstrong
1. Musical Exploits
Tim’s debut solo album came to light in 2007, it was titled A Poet’s Life and his backing band was The Aggrolites. His song titled Into Action became the #1 most requested and most played song on the then XM Satellite Radio channel Fungus 53 in 2007.
His side project was launched in 2012 under the name Tim Timebomb. At first, he did a download-only album known as “Tim Timebomb Sings Songs from RocknNRoll Theater” which has some tracks from his musical movie series.
2. Music Genre
Tim Armstrong has performed under several genres which include Pop/Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, and Ska-Punk. He is also popular for his Alternative/Indie Rock, Punk Revival, and Easy Listening projects.
3. Relationship Timeline
Tim’s marriage with Bree Leslie Armstrong AKA Brody Dalle took place on the 6th of December 1997. Their dalliance commenced in 1995 when Bree was 16, they were both members of Summersault at the time. They tied the knot a couple of years later when she turned 18. Bree became popular during her time with the punk band known as The Distillers.
The couple’s marriage lasted for barely five years before it ended in divorce in 2003, their union recorded no children and till date, Tim doesn’t seem to have any from subsequent relationships. After going their separate ways in 2003, Bree commenced a relationship with Josh Homme, the frontman of Queens of the Stone Age. It is believed that Tim hastened the divorce after he saw his estranged wife kissing Josh in Rolling Stone Magazine.
4. Body Statistics
Tim is quite a tall man as he stands at 5 feet 11 inches. While we’ve had a hard time confirming other details of his body stats, it is no secret that he has tattoos splattered on different parts of his body, including his scalp.
The life of a celebrity is always fraught with rumors and controversies and Tim Armstrong is no different from the rest. It was once rumored that the American legendary artist Madonna sent him some alluring nude photos to get him to sign his band Rancid under her record label called Maverick Records.