Good Charlotte & The Story So Far
Newport Music Hall - Columbus, OH
Tuesday, November 8, 2016; Doors open at 6:00 PM
$28.50 Advance / $32.00 Day of Show
General Admission - All Ages
Opening Artist: Four Year Strong, Big Jesus
It would be easy to look at their accolades and assume success has come naturally for Good Charlotte. But from their earliest days as teenagers who formed the band in 1996 in garages in small-town Waldorf, Maryland, through the massive worldwide popularity of Top 10-charting albums. The group—vocalist Joel Madden, guitarists Benji Madden and Billy Martin, bassist Paul Thomas and drummer Dean Butterworth—have done it not only with an odds-defying optimism and drive, but also an unbreakable emotional connection with their audience. That heart has been Good Charlotte’s hallmark since day one, and it’s the centerpiece of Youth Authority, the band’s sixth studio album—their first album since returning from a five-year hiatus. The pure emotion that underpins each of the album’s 12 songs is drawn from the same place it always has: Good Charlotte had been through life’s ups and downs, and they distilled the lessons they learned into songs to guide their audience through their own turmoil.
The grassroots, back-to-basics authenticity of The Story So Far is a blast of renewing fresh air over the stalest corners of the underground music community. The fact that it’s resonated with so many kids around the world is testament to just how starved the scene had become. Like their single-focused predecessors in legendary pop-punk bands Blink-182, Green Day, or The Descendents, the five guys in The Story So Far got together with no loftier an ambition than to make the music they wanted to hear. Along the way, they just happened to help usher in a pop-punk revival. It’s a “return of the real” that’s made a sea change across the underground. In just a few short years, a handful of EPs and three full-length albums, The Story So Far’s refreshing, energetic and impressively honest take on hardcore-infused pop-punk music propelled them to the cover of the 2013 Alternative Press 100 Bands You Need To Know issue, to the enduring subcultural benchmark the Vans Warped Tour, and into the hearts and minds of listeners. What began as five kids in the same neighborhood, barely out of middle school, who just wanted to play music, has blown up into a sweeping wave of fist-pumping realism, crashing down on the pretentious and the pretenders. Whether the band is destined for the large venues and record sales of a band liked A Day To Remember, or even the arena level commanding presence of Blink-182, it’s safe to predict that The Story So Far will be doing it for real, doing it for the right reasons, and carrying their own gear into house shows and basements with as much gusto as they exhibit at Warped Tour.
Official Website: www.goodcharlotte.com
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