In support of their sixth album, “Youth Authority,” punk rockers Good Charlotte brought their world tour to Philadelphia on Nov. 10.
Thousands gathered at the Fillmore for a night full of nostalgia, good vibes and even better music. The tour was supported by pop-punk and hardcore bands Big Jesus, Four Year Strong and The Story So Far.
Four Year Strong started the night off strong (pun intended). By the time their set started, the venue was already packed wall to wall, full of people of all ages. From angsty tweens to 30-something-year-olds who have been supporting Good Charlotte their whole lives, every demographic seemed to be at that show.
The crowd, although rowdy at times, remained relatively calm overall despite the hardcore music from Four Year Strong. Once The Story So Far came on, however, I was assaulted by crowd surfer after crowd surfer. Not a minute passed where someone wasn’t being thrown over the barrier by the crowd.
Once The Story So Far came on, however, I was assaulted by crowd surfer after crowd surfer. Not a minute passed where someone wasn’t being thrown over the barrier by the crowd.
The minute Good Charlotte stepped on stage, the crowd erupted in screams, cheers and singing. The five-piece band, consisting of brothers Joel and Benji Madden, took a four-year hiatus after the release of their fifth studio album, “Cardiology.” “Youth Authority” prompted the tour that reminded everyone why they loved Good Charlotte.
Starting off with their most popular hit, “The Anthem,” Good Charlotte brought out the early 2000s kid in all of us. It seemed everyone, whether a die-hard fan or just a standard concertgoer, knew every single word to “The Anthem.”
Other songs performed included “Girls and Boys,” “The Young and the Hopeless,” and seemingly everyone’s favorite, “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous.”
The audience was full of people who have been supporting Good Charlotte since they were kids, which goes to show that the band still has a solid fanbase even 20 years after forming. What’s more, their stage presence is as strong as ever.