“It’s a new day, but it all feels old. It’s a good life, that’s what I’m told.”
These were the first words spoken at the Good Charlotte show at The Novo in Downtown LA last night. To everyone’s surprise, they opened with one of their greatest hits, “The Anthem”, and started the evening off with a bang.
To everyone in the audience, that was exactly how they felt. It was a new day, 2 ½ months after Good Charlotte’s latest release, Youth Authority, but almost 16 years to the day of their first studio release. Then, the Madden brothers were only 21. Now they’re 37, both happily married, Joel with 2 kids – far from their struggling beginnings full of angst.
Still dressed in leather, punk band logos, and tattoos, the Maddens sang 17 songs, most of them singles and memorable hits. Songs included “Little Things” and “The Motivation Proclamation” from their self-titled Good Charlotte, “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous” and “Hold On” from The Young and the Hopeless, “Predictable” and “I Just Wanna Live” from The Chronicles of Life and Death, and “Makeshift Love” and “Life Changes” from Youth Authority.
Even before Good Charlotte was on stage, the audience was ready to mosh. A good mix of male and female, this crowd showed the entertainment community that a crowd could mosh without being violent. No one appeared to be getting hurt and the security guards were at alert to catch every person soaring to the front of the stage.
For most of the fans in the room, The Chronicles of Life and Death was one of their staple high school albums. Good Charlotte was the band to love in high school and got them through the tough times. The anticipation and pure joy in these fans was undeniable and the energy was electric as 75% of the room had yet to see them live before this performance. It was a long wait but worth it in the end.
Diehard fans weren’t the only ones showing love to Good Charlotte last night. Throughout the night, the Maddens mentioned their celebrity friends in attendance such as their wives, Cameron Diaz and Nicole Richie, as well as fellow artists All Time Low, 5 Seconds of Summer, Simple Plan, and Jessie J.
The Novo was THE place to be on October 27 and while any punk band isn’t looking to ever be mainstream, the outpouring of love for them last night was evident. Good Charlotte fans wouldn’t have had it any other way.