Tim Armstrong Biography
Tim Armstrong was born in Oakland, California USA, on November 25, 1966. He began his professional music career by playing guitar in the seminal Ska-Punk band Operation Ivy. After the band's downfall in 1989, Armstrong turned to drugs and alcoholism. His best friend, bassist Matt Freeman, helped Armstrong dig himself out of the hole he was in and helped him to form a very successful Punk-Rock band known as Rancid in 1991. He married The Distillers frontwoman Brody Dalle in 1997. They divorced in 2003 after she was seen making out with Josh Homme, lead singer of Queens Of The Stone Age. In 1997 Armstrong also started Hellcat Records and two years later collaborated with Rob Aston and Travis Barker from Blink-182 in a side project called The Transplants, releasing a self-titled album in 2002.
Tim Armstrong issued his solo debut album, "A Poet's Life", in May 2007 on his label Hellcat. The album, originally scheduled for a free internet release, only two tracks were dispatched, was packaged alongside a DVD featuring a video for each track as well as a doc style bit depicting the creation of the album. The 10-song set debuted at #2 on Top Independent Albums chart and reached the #59 position on the all-genre Billboard 200 listing while the explosive track "Into Action" managed to crack the top 40 of The Hot Modern Rock chart.