Returning with their fifth studio album Cardiology, punk rockers Good Charlotte stopped at The Phoenix Concert Theatre on March 11th as part of the Canadian Music Week. Opening bands included Canadian band These Kids Wear Crowns, This Century and Forever The Sickest Kids.
Forever The Sickest Kids
After three years, FTSK finally released their sophomore full-length self-titled album, abandoning the previous three part EP plan (originally titled The Weekend). This is also the band’s first tour without keyboardist Kent Garrison, who left the band earlier this year. Before launching to “I Guess You Can Say Things Are Getting Pretty Serious” (and I so thought long titles are so 2005…), lead singer Jonathan Cook warned the crowd that this is a song that gets really rowdy from previous nights’ experience. Finally the band finished with “She’s A Lady” and a crowd singalong.
The Maryland quintet Good Charlotte had to keep anxious waiting as they didn’t come on until 15 minutes after the supposed set time. Opening with classics “The Anthem”, the too catchy “Girls & Boys” and “My Bloody Valentine”. It also happened to be the birthday of the Madden twins’, lead singer Joel Madden and guitarist Benji Madden’s, so it was inevitable to break out the “like it’s their birthdays” jokes (the band’s first single is called “Like It’s Her Birthday”). In the middle of the set, FTSK, This Century and crew brought out a cake to wish the Madden twins a Happy 32rd Birthday. Before launching into Emotionless, Benji stated that “if you can’t tell already, my voice sounds like shit”. According to Joel and Benji’s Twitter (which the two update very frequently), the two have been sick for awhile and were forced to cancel some upcoming shows (Milwaukee and Detroit). Overall, Good Charlotte brought out a lot of old songs as crowdpleasers and the fans seem to be really happy about their choice.
Text and photos by Jessie Lau
Translated by Jaime Chu