On March 26, I checked out Good Charlotte's concert at the House of Blues in Los Angeles. It was the second to last show on the U.S. leg of the group's Cardiology tour, but if they were tired from all that time out on the road, the crowd had no idea. They were full of energy, jumping up and down the stage for over two hours, never losing one bit of excitement for performing.
I've been a fan of Good Charlotte since their first album came out over 10 years ago, so it was amazing to hear Joel and Benji Madden talk about how happy they were to be able to play as long as they wanted and rock out to as many of their old songs as they felt like performing. Throughout the night, they played classics like "Motivation Proclamation," "East Coast Anthem," "The River," "Girls & Boys," and "The Anthem" while adding in their brand new songs like the single "Like It's Her Birthday" and "Last Night." My favorite moment was when Benji Madden did a solo acoustic version of "Motionless," which was so heartfelt that the entire audience was nearly silent listening to him play.
It's hard to believe that people used to hate on GC. A ton of bands support them, and a few big names including My Chemical Romance were in the house to rock out with them last night. And the Madden twins are definitely humble -- not only did they name their influences like Rancid and cover Blink-182's "Dammit" in the middle of belting out "The Story of My Old Man," they thanked their loyal fans numerous times and told the audience that all they wanted was for them to hear all of their music, old and new.
Personally, all I wanted was to hear my favorite song, "Riot Girl," which was amazing to finally see performed live -- and trust me, I've never jumped so high at a show before. Ending the show with "Lifestyles of the Rich and the Famous" was the perfect closing to a rocking SoCal show.
Have you guys seen Good Charlotte on their tour? What bands have you checked out live this year?
Photo: Courtesy of Emily Krauser