It was another wild Wednesday night at the Danforth Music Hall when pop-punk mainstays Good Charlotte played to a packed house with a bevy of supporting acts.
First up were Movements, an emo revivalist outfit combining brawny guitar riffs and raw feeling for a powerful blast of sound. They were followed by self-described “fashion art rock” band Palaye Royale, a frenetic act that takes cues from My Chemical Romance (they in fact covered that band’s hit “Teenagers”).
Local boys Silverstein were on third, with their immense post-hardcore sound just as potent as the day they started seventeen years ago. The audience was delighted as the Burlington band pulled out classic gems like “Smile in Your Sleep” and “Still Dreaming”. Moshing and crowd surfing soon commenced.
Finally the legends themselves, Good Charlotte, took the stage to a crowd so eager they were singing full versions of the band’s songs before the show even started. The set kicked off with the second single from their hit album The Young and the Hopeless, “The Anthem”. The spirit of that record loomed large over the night, with no less than five songs off it being played.
Indeed, the theme of the night seemed to be “way back Wednesday”, as Benji and Joel Madden bantered between songs and reminisced about the good memories associated with album release. They ran down each time they visited Toronto, including 2004 when they headlined Edgefest.
The twins also included a lot of motivational statements before each song, encouraging people to be kind, strong, and to never give up. They relayed the story of their beginnings in 1996, and how they started out with nothing before recording their self-titled debut album a few years later. Several songs from that record made an appearance as well, including “Little Things” and “The Motivation Proclamation”. A running gag had the brothers betting each other whether the crowd would remember certain older songs of theirs- which they did. Every single one.
Songs from the new record Youth Authority were fully welcomed by the crowd, who were singing the hooks to “Life Changes” and “Makeshift Love” after just one verse. The lengthy set finished off with the band’s classic power-pop gem “Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous”. It was a perfect choice to cap off a night full of old memories being recalled and new memories being made.