Good Charlotte are back on the road after 5 years, Preaching “pop punk is not dead” at Marathon Music Works last night in Nashville, TN.
That’s right! Your favorite band Good Charlotte, from your ‘mis understood’ pre-teen/teenage years are back on the road after 5 years. The guys do a perfect job bringing all the classic GC jams as well as songs from their new album “Youth Authority” to their fans on the “Youth Authority Tour”.
The show took place at Marathon Music Works last night, November 21st, 2016 in Nashville, TN. The show kicked off with the opening acts; The Story So Far, Hit the Lights, and Big Jesus. These three bands brought huge energy to the room and undoubtably got the crowd ready for Good Charlotte. To my surprise the crowd was rowdy right from the beginning, from moshing to crowd surfing, security had their hands full.
After two hours of dodging elbows and praying (literally) that no one was going to be dropped on me, the stage went black. A glow of the letters “G” and “C” appeared. The crowd went crazy…an immediate feeling of unity struck the room when Good Charlotte walked on stage. All the moshing, fighting, and crowdsurfing stopped. Good Charlotte kicked off the night with a “What’s up Nashville?” followed by their 2002 hit “The Anthem”, a perfect way to set the tone for the night.
The band then went on to play the classics “My Bloody Valentine”, “Girls & Boys”, and “Riot Girl”. They made a bold statement before playing the song “Riot Girl”. Joel Madden encouraged each and every female in the room to be a riot girl, because women should be strong. “I love it when you speak your mind, I love it when you stand up, I love it when you are who you are. That’s what I want for my little girl in this world… why don’t we sing this for all the girls here tonight?”
The band then played some of their new music including “Life Changes” and “Makeshift Love”. The band was overwhelmed at how many people in the crowd knew the new songs and were singing along to them. The end of the night was sneaking up on us, GC performed “The Young and the Hopeless” from 2002. This performance was definitely the climax of the night. The fans were screaming the lyrics “Cause I’m young and I’m hopeless, I’m lost and I know this” and “I’m angry at my father, It’s me against this world and I don’t care, I don’t care.” Songs like this were what made GC fans identify with the band and relate to each other. GC songs made fans feel like they weren’t alone when growing up, cause they were all “young and hopeless” together.
Before the night officially ended, the band played their massive hits “I Don’t Wanna Be In Love” and “I Just Want To Live”. Before performing their last song of the night the band asked the crowd “This song goes back, before we even knew what pop punk was, CAN WE GO BACK?” chanting lets go, and the fans echoing. Finally, the band plays “Lifestyles”.The energy in the room was unmeasurable. Before the final verse of the song the band proclaimed “Pop Punk is not dead!”. Indeed it is not, Good Charlotte put on one hell of a show and definitely backed up their claim.
Even though they’ve taken 5 years off, you wouldn’t have known looking around the venue. Fans with signs saying “I’ve been here since the beginning” and I even met a women outside who told me she was waiting in line for the show since 8am. “The Youth Authority Tour” is coming to an end, but I encourage you next tour to buy tickets and experience the show yourself. If you haven’t already check out their newest album here!