How better kick off a week than to relive all your glorious teenage years? Minus the awkwardness of course.
Having been absent from properly touring the UK for way more than ten years, it was no surprise that the show was sold out.
Looking at the crowd, it seemed like all the former angsty punk rock teenage rebels had gathered at the O2 Forum, and it was glorious.
It’s been a while that I instantly felt ‘at home’ at a gig.
Support act ‘Waterparks‘ had already done a great job in getting the crowd hyped and being in the known that the Madden brothers and band will take to stage anytime soon had the room almost at a meltdown.
Going in for the kill with ‘The Anthem’ had the Forum freaking out. Right from hearing Joel Madden singing the first words, the crowd instantly joined in. LOUD. And they kept that level of vocal support throughout the entire gig. Raising the bar constantly.
Good Charlotte were on a mission, bashing out ‘Story Of My Old Man’ and ‘Bloody Valentine’ – one of my all time favourite Good Charlotte songs – they took the fans down memory lane and every single person loved it oh so much.
The five piece seemed genuinely overwhelmed by their fans support and thanked them on numerous occasions during their unbelievable set.
Setting the room on fire, GC launched into ‘Girls And Boys’ before dedicating the next song to all the girls in the crowd. Obviously, ‘Riot Girl’ followed, earning massive cheers from the ladies.
As Good Charlotte are currently on their ‘Youth Authority Tour’ they presented the crowd some of their new material. ‘Life Changes’ was the first new song to be performed that night and it went down so well. The fans were already word perfect and sang along.
The newer sound is still distinctively Good Charlotte style, just a tiny bit more grown up. And as usual their songs centre around life and all its struggles.
One of the most gripping moments from the set was when Benji Madden introduced ‘Hold On’. He took to the crowd, addressing everyone who has ever felt lonely, down or generally in a bad place. ‘By coming to this gig tonight you have already made a good decision and a step into the right direction.’ Benji said.
He went on telling the crowd who hung on his every word, that it was ok to feel shit every now and then and that things get better but you would have to hold on.
His little speech totally got to me and it was a relieve to eventually join in to the words to ‘Hold On’ and sing my heart out. The whole place was lit up by lighters and phones and everyone sang in unison.
The electrifying atmosphere wouldn’t die down at all. Everyone was buzzing as Good Charlotte performed a few more songs from their new album ‘Youth Authority’. As Benji stated his personal favourite from the record ‘The Outfield’ caused a right storm, sounding like proper old school Good Charlotte.
‘Makeshift Love’ and ‘Life Can’t Get Much Better’ had the fans staring up towards the stage, realising that their good old beloved punk rockers have grown up, but will always be there for their fans. The new songs were very well received by the fans, who had grown up with the band over the years.
Maybe that’s the secret why there were only happy faces on both sides of the barrier?
For the last few songs Good Charlotte made sure to make everyone feel like a teenager again as they treated their loyal fans to a punk rock extravaganza with ‘Little Things’ separating the wheat from the chaff and ‘The Young And The Hopeless’ kicking off a massive circle pit.
Everyone was embracing the freedom and their reckless teenage years as much as you possibly can on a Monday night and when you have to head to the office the next morning.
It was liberating to see everyone let loose and simply have a good time.
‘I Just Wanna Live’ sent the crowd crazy before ‘Lifestyles Of The Rich And Famous’ absolutely wrecked the place.
The whole lot was going for it, dancing, moshing, jumping and screaming their hearts out to the song that put Good Charlotte on a lot of people’s radar so many years go.
If I was being ridiculously excited before the gig, I can now say that I am even more crazy afterwards. I didn’t know what to expect from Good Charlotte as this was my first time seeing them live. Yeah, I still don’t know how this didn’t happen ten years ago?
However, I am beyond ecstatic that the boys didn’t let me and all the other fans down. Good Charlotte exceeded all my expectations, putting on one hell of a show with a set list that was all one could have ever hoped for.
Let’s just hope they don’t leave it another decade before hitting the British shore again.