(PCM) After taking approximately a five year hiatus, rockers Good Charlotte are triumphantly making a return to the stage and are gearing up to drop their highly-anticipated new album “Youth Authority” on July 15! The band is currently in the midst of performing a string of small club dates to set the pace for what is sure to be a fairly hectic rest of the year!
The first of these intimate tour stops took place at the TLA in Philadelphia, PA and ironically enough it is a venue that holds an incredibly special place in the history of Good Charlotte. The band played one of their very first shows ever at this venue in the City Of Brotherly Love, and also the now defunct alternative radio station Y100, here in Philly was one of the very first radio stations to spins the band’s very first single “Little Things”.
The current TLA show sold out in mere minutes and the venue was packed to capacity as fans who were lucky enough to score tickets were able to enjoy cherishing a milestone in the band’s history, as this show marked Good Charlotte’s first return to Philly since their initial hiatus. The fans were enthralled with the show for start to finish and as vocalist Joel Madden remarked for the stage “Pop Punk is not dead, it was only taking a little nap.”
The band immediately kicked things into high gear opening with their pulsing hit “The Anthem” before plowing through a solid set that spawned their entire discography. Fans were clamoring for songs off the band’s debut album and Good Charlotte were more than happy to oblige. We were thrilled to hear songs such as “My Bloody Valentine”, “Motivation Proclamation”, “Girls & Boys”, “Riot Girl” and “I Just Wanna Live” to name a few and the band appropriately closed out their set with our tongue-in-cheek favorite “Lifestyles Of The Rich & Famous”.
Good Charlotte appeared and sounded completely refreshed and even managed to throw two new songs from “Youth Authority” into the set with “Makeshift Love” and “40oz Dream”. Words can not even express how excited we are to check out the rest of this album and catch the band live again when they head out for a few dates on the Vans Warped Tour later this summer.
We had a chance to catch up with both Benji and Joel Madden of Good Charlotte to talk about the upcoming album, changes in the music industry, the generational appeal of their music and so much more! When speaking about this intimate run of tour dates Joel Madden told us “At this point in our career we feel very genuine about what we do and we are only really kind of doing what we want to do, so I always say, let’s just play these shows that mean a lot to us because I don’t even know how many shows we have left in us. With the touring I say let’s just do the sh*t that really matters us, so we did these four shows and it just feels special every night”.
Madden went on to tell us that what stood out during the recording process was “just the sheer love of us getting back together to make a record and the first song that came was a song called “Life Changes” and you can just feel the energy and that we all truly wanted to be back in that room together”.
You can listen to the full interview below:
Photography credit: Andrew Wendowski