Good Charlotte does it their way
Pop-punk band Good Charlotte, led by twin brothers Joel and Benji Madden, had its first major success during the TRL era of MTV, right alongside pop acts like the Backstreet Boys, Britney Spears and ’N Sync. ’N Sync’s Chris Kirkpatrick even appeared in the video for the band’s 2002 hit single “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous.”
Some rock fans might have dismissed the Madden brothers as the punk equivalent of a boy band, but the reason that Good Charlotte has hung on for two decades is that the band members have always known how to balance pop accessibility with punk energy and arena rock power.
Along with “Lifestyles,” the band’s ’00s hits include “The Anthem,” “Girls & Boys,” “I Just Wanna Live” and “Dance Floor Anthem,” which embraced a more dance-oriented sound. After a brief hiatus in the early ’10s, Good Charlotte returned rejuvenated in 2015, and the band’s most recent album is this year’s Generation Rx, which AllMusic praised as “a way forward for Good Charlotte.” Looking forward and not listening to naysayers has served Good Charlotte well for the band’s entire career, and the Maddens continue to draw on their inner strength to keep that confident outlook going.
The Pearl at Palms, 7 p.m. Nov. 24, starting at $34.94 plus tax and fee. 702.944.3200