Good Charlotte Rocks DC – Review

By | October 2, 2002 at 12:00 AM

“Some bands, when they go away for a while, people start talking bad about you.” said Benji, guitarist for Good Charlotte.

“It’s good to come home and see all you kids still supporting us,” said lead singer, Joel, finishing his twin’s comment.

Good Charlotte has always been a live band. Both their Self-Titled debut, as well as their sophomore effort, The Young and The Hopeless, tries to capture their spirit – and while some of the fun shines through the recording, nothing can match the energy of their live show.

Playing to a packed crowd for their CD Release at the 9:30 Club, the boys held a free show for fans that bought their album.

Launching into The Anthem, the band jumped, shook and spun the audience into a frenzy. The crowd formed an undulating wave, jumping along with music – periodically breaking formation to form a mosh pit.

From Paul’s distinctive bass and Billy’s electrifying distortions to the twin’s tight harmonies, the band held the crowd enthralled. Whether it was the personal message in their lyrics or kids just having fun, you could see the crowd respond to every note, feeling a personal connection to the performance.

Looking past their performance, Good Charlotte success in their live shows is not because of their connection with each other, and the way they can read each other on stage; their success is because of their connection to their fans. Good Charlotte is a positive band with a positive message, and that is something their fans appreciate.

Set List:

  • A New Beginning
  • The Anthem
  • Festival Song
  • East Coast Anthem
  • Wondering
  • Girls and Boys
  • Motivation Proclamation
  • Seasons
  • Hold On
  • Little Things
  • Bloody Valentine
  • Riot Girl
  • Waldorf Worldwide

Encore:

  • Moving On
  • The Young And The Hopeless
  • Lifestyles Of The Rich And Famous

Good Charlotte Tour Dates, According To Epic Records:

  • 10/3 – New York, NY – Tower Records, Broadway & 4th St., 6pm
  • 10/5 – Cherry Hill, PA – Tower Records, 2100 Route 38, 3pm
  • 10/5 – Philadelphia, PA – Theatre Of Living Arts
  • 10/6 – Los Angeles, CA – Wherehouse Beverly Connection, 3pm
  • 10/7 – Cleveland, OH – Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame
  • 10/9 – Minneapolis, MN – Xcel Energy Center
  • 10/11 – Rosemont, IL – Allstate Arena
  • 10/12 – Schaumburg, IL – Tower Records, 1209 W. Golf Rd., 2pm
  • 10/15 – Buffalo, NY – Showplace Theatre
  • 10/16 – Scranton, PA – Tinks
  • 10/17 – Pittsburgh, PA – Metropol
  • 10/18 – Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall
  • 10/19 – Grand Rapids, MI – The Orbit Room
  • 10/22 – Newport, KY – Southgate House
  • 10/23 – Indianapolis, IN – Knights Of Columbus Hall
  • 10/24 – Milwaukee, WI – The Rave
  • 10/26 – St. Louis, MO – Mississippi Nights
  • 10/28 – Lawrence, KS – Granada Theater
  • 10/29 – Columbia, MO – Blue Note
  • 10/30 – Louisville, KY – Jillian’s
  • 10/31 – Toledo, OH – Hard Hat Concert Hall
  • 11/1 – Gettysburg, PA – Gettysburg College
  • 11/2 – Cohoes, NY – Saratoga Winners
  • 11/3 – Plainview, NY – The Vanderbilt
  • 11/5 – Rochester, NY – Water Street Music Hall
  • 11/6 – Poughkeepsie, NY – The Chance Theatre
  • 11/7 – Providence, RI – Lupos Heartbreak Hotel
  • 11/8 – Hartford-New Haven, CT – Webster Theatre
  • 11/9 – Old Bridge, NJ – Birch Hill Nite Club
  • 11/12 – Customhouse A, VA – The Norva
  • 11/13 – Charlotte, NC – Tremont Music Hall
  • 11/14 – Atlanta, GA – Phillips Arena
  • 11/16 – Tampa-St.Petersburg, FL – St. Pete Times Forum
  • 11/17 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – National Car Rental Center

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