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So Sorry, Its Over: A Look At The Final Vans Warped Tour

So Sorry, Its Over: A Look At The Final Vans Warped Tour

All good things must come to an end. As cliché as that may sound, truer words have never been spoken. Often time long running events overstay their welcome and eventually become a shadow of their former self. Now, although many old school Warped Tour fans would like to say the tour was well past its prime, I would say that the tour was continuing to meet its purpose.

The Warped Tour was originally brought to fruition by Kevin Lyman in 1995, and received the official Vans sponsorship in 96. While folks will forever protest that the Vans Warped Tour has always been a “punk festival”, I’ve always viewed it as a celebration of alternative genres and a way for newer acts to reach an audience. While those early years focused on the punk genre there were also many notable acts from across the musical solar system. The “punk-rock summer camp” was more of a tag line than a focus on a singular form of music. Now, a history lesson on the Vans Warped Tour is a story for another day. All you need to know is that the Vans Warped Tour has been the launching pad for hundreds of bands and is a staple for music fans across the country.

My experience with the Vans Warped Tour actually happened a little later in life, my first show being the 2010 edition. The eclectic mix of punk and metal was, pun intended, music to my 18 year old ears. Why had it taken me this long to reach the “promise land”? Since that fateful day at Merriweather Post-Pavilion I’ve attended 6 out of the 8 tours that followed, alternating between the Columbia, Maryland and Camden, New Jersey shows. I’ve discovered countless bands throughout my years attending the tour, many of which have become favorites of mine. Bands/artists like Every Time I Die, Ballyhoo, Yelawolf, MC Lars, Vanna (RIP) and many others are bands I discovered on Warped Tour and bands that remain in constant rotation today. No matter the lineup, it was always important to make it out to the show as you never knew what you might discover. It was something to look forward to every summer.

On November 15th, 2017 Kevin Lyman announced that the 2018 Vans Warped Tour would be the final cross country tour of the brand’s lifetime. The reasoning behind this decision saw Lyman discussing falling ticket sales amongst the tours prime demographic (teenagers) and the fact that he’s just tired. This is completely understandable as the man has technically been doing cross-country tours for 26 years. The news was devastating. This incredible thing that I had discovered less than ten years prior, and others have been attending for over twenty years, was going away. It is truly the end of an era.

Fast forward to the summer of 2018. The bands, an eclectic mix of first timers and veterens, have all been announced. There was no way any sane person could miss this event. Even if you weren’t a fan of the lineup, the Vans Warped Tour had been a staple for all fans of alternative genres, how could you miss the LAST one. So, it was decided, I was adventuring out to where it all started for me. On July 29th, 2018 I attended the Final Vans Warped Tour at the Merriweather Post-Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland.

As stated earlier, I spent a few Warped years attending the Camden, NJ show as I found parking to be much easier and the overall aesthetic to be much more pleasing. However, with it being the last hooray I knew where I needed to go. As I pulled into the parking garage it was easy to see that today was going to be special. Thousands of “kids” were lined up to get into the venue, a number that honestly dwarfed the amount of patrons lined up in years prior. Sure, in years past the venue eventually filled out, but you could tell that this year no one wanted to miss a second. I quickly checked in, grabbed my photo pass/ticket, and retrieved a spot in line. For the first time that I can remember, the doors opened 30 minutes early. Now, at Warped Tour the doors are usually scheduled to open at 11:00. From my experience, this has always been true, not a minute before or minute after. I welcomed the 10:30 surprise and made my way into the venue.

I quickly realized just how different this show was going to be compared to last. According to multiple merch workers, the venue decided that it didn’t want anyone to use the “woods” area of Merriweather Post-Pavilion. This was mind blowing; they had always used the woods area and the field on the other side. This allowed for easy movement and 0 congestion amongst many of the stages. For those of you unfamiliar with the area, by removing this portion of the venue they’ve essentially halved the available space. It was noticeable. Overall many of the stages were cramped with the Monster Energy/Mutant Stages being placed on the parking lot, practically turning attendees into fried eggs. Listen, I understand these are small complaints, but I just can’t wrap my brain around why things worked a certain way every other year and were different this year. One attendee mentioned that it may have been a reaction based upon the pavilion collapse at the beginning of the year, however, the adjustments that were made were nowhere near where the accident had taken place. Nonetheless, these are all complaints about the venue itself and their handling of the event, not Warped Tour as a whole. So let’s move on.

For those of you unfamiliar with how the Vans Warped Tour works, let me explain. No one is aware of the set times until you arrive at the show. Once you enter the gates there is a big inflatable schedule in the center that displays the times. There are also multiple vendors selling schedules for about $2 each. It’s definitely a stressful method that always keeps me up the night prior. I always end up wide awake the night before, stressed I’m going to sleep through my alarm and miss that “one special band”. This has never happened, but I stressed out about it yearly.

Once I received my schedule my first destination was decided. I made my way over to the Mutant Red Dawn stage to catch Australian metalcore band, The Amity Affliction. The band got their start in 2003 and first popped on my radar in 2012 with the release of “Chasing Ghosts”. I admit my knowledge of the Aussie trio is very limited. I came across the boys around the time I was stepping away from the metalcore genre as a whole. I felt it had become a bit oversaturated with countless bands sounding too similar to one another. Unfortunately I didn’t give The Amity Affliction a fair shot at the time, but I am thankful to say that that has changed in recent years. Being the first band of the day you’d think it would take Ahren Stringer and Joel Birch a minute to warm up, but to hell with that. As soon as they took the stage they busted out into a blistering rendition of the title track off their fifth album, “This Could Be Heartbreak”. The rest of the set contained tracks throughout the band’s career, closing with one of their larger songs, “Pittsburgh”. The Amity Affliction have a new album, Misery, dropping on the 24thof August and you won’t regret picking it up!

At this point I took off towards one of the main stages, the Journey Right Foot stage in order to catch The Maine. Having played the festival 6 times, the Arizona band is always one I try my best to catch. Their infectious pop rock grooves are catchy enough to get even the hardest of metal heads dancing. Honestly, it is crazy how these guys having completely blown up. They’ve got the skills to write pop hits for days and damn do they know how to put on a show. Lead singer, John O’Callaghan always has the audience in the palm of his hands. He says jump, the crowd screams, “how high?!”. The band called The Maine played songs across their decade long career. The highlight definitely being when O’Callaghan pulled an audience member on stage to join him in singing “Girls Do What They Want”. Unfortunately I’ve never seen The Maine outside of Warped Tour, and that definitely needs to change soon.

During the show there was another festival happening in Philadelphia known as “This is Hardcore”. Obviously I wasn’t able to be there so I had to figure out another way to get my hardcore fix. Enter, Kublai Khan. Kublai Khan is a band I hadn’t heard much of in the past, but I knew I wanted to check out. Their downtuned guitars and slow, but heavy grooves had me two-stepping all over the photo pit. If there is anything that annoys me about being in the photo pit, it’s that everyone in there just looks pissed off to be there. What’s there to be mad about? You’ve got a front row spot, you more than likely were able to get in for free, and your work is going to get posted and recognized by other music fans across the globe. Hey, why not have some fun while you’re doing it!? That’s what I did. Kublai Khan put out their latest record, “Nomad” last September. Check it out!

Next up was hands down the wild card of the festival. The night prior I had been researching a few artists on the lineup I had never heard before. I came across the artist known as Yungblud. I was completely enthralled within seconds. Between the visuals, the lyrics, and the varying genres that weave in and out of one another, I couldn’t help but be fascinated. I can happily say that this was increased tenfold when I witnessed it live. I would describe Yungblud, real name Dominic Harrison, as Twenty One Pilots meets MIA with a big glass of IDGAF attitude. While Dom played one of the smaller stages of the day, you’d never realize it. The crowd was packed into this stage like sardines. The place went wild as the 19 year old hit the stage and there wasn’t a body standing still in sight. Yungblud just released his debut album, “21stCentury Liability” on July 6th. If you take away anything from this write up it should be to go pick up that album!

We’re a few hours into the day, but there is no time to rest. Next up we have Warped Tour legends, and one of my favorite bands of all time: Less Than Jake! Honestly, what can I say about Less Than Jake that I haven’t said before? They’ve been going strong for 25+ years and show no signs of stopping. They opened the show with “All my Best Friends are Metal Heads” and that was all she wrote. What followed was 30 minutes of ska punk greatness that only Less Than Jake can provide.

At this point I headed over to the second main stage, the Journey’s Left Foot stage which was for some reason not next to the Right Foot stage like it had been in years past. When I arrived at the Left Foot stage a wave of fear crashed over me. This was not enough room for the amount of people who would be filling this space later (which we’ll get to). Regardless, the next band to take the stage were some high school favorites of mine, 3OH!3. 3OH!3 is an electropop duo that got their start in 2004. They hit it big with 2008’s “Want”, releasing hits Don’t Trust Me and Starstrukk (both tracks having remixes that feature Kid Cudi and Katy Perry respectively). When I felt that some of their later albums started having a jokey vibe in the vein of The Lonely Island I stopped listening. That being said, Sean and Nat absolutely killed it. Much of the setlist focused on the band’s early work which was right up my alley. 3OH!3’s latest release, “Night Sports” is available now from Fueled By Ramen.

Now it’s time for a band I never thought I’d see on Warped Tour. I’ve covered them multiple times before, and it’s always a pleasure. I’m talking about, of course, the demented duo TWIZTID. If you’re a usual visitor here at Icon Vs Icon then you know my history with this band. I went into a long tangent of my experience in the Juggalo world back when I covered Twiztid’s Psychomania tour, check it out because it’s a great read! A quick refresher: since leaving Psychopathic records Twiztid has been doing huge things! They’ve received opportunities they could only dream of in years prior. Not to mention they’ve started their own label with some of the best names in underground hip hop. Twiztid is going strong, and they’re definitely not stopping. Also, no surprise here, they absolutely killed it! I was truly curious as to what tracks they would choose for the setlist. While the crowd was filled with juggalos it was also filled with people whose curiosity led them to the Mutant Red Dawn stage this afternoon. I was happy to see that they played tracks that spanned their entire career. Anyone that thinks the demented duo is hurting in recent years either isn’t paying attention or is in serious denial. The crowd was packed and I can’t wait to see where they go from here.

A change of pace was needed so I made my way back to the main stage for some ska goodness. The next band to grace my ears was The Interrupters. I’ve had the pleasure of catching this group of fine folks three times, the last being in Ohio at “Punk In Drublic”. While the crowd was a bit lighter, it definitely filled in as the band took the stage. Aimee Interrupter has such an infectious smile that it is impossible to be upset when they’re playing. Leave your cares at the door and get ready to skank because by the end of their set we were all one big family! The Interrupters just released their newest album “Fight the Good Fight” on June 29thfrom Hellcat Records.

What happened next is what I was worried about in this small space. The night before Warped Tour, founder Kevin Lyman had tweeted about Maryland having a very special guest. Well this was it. Maryland was greeted by hometown heroes, Good Charlotte. GC is no stranger when it comes to Warped Tour having played the festival 3 times prior. No surprise, they came out and the crowd went absolutely nuts. We were definitely at capacity when it came to this area of the festival, and it was definitely poor planning on the venue’s part. Nevertheless, Good Charlotte ran through every hit they could in their short time set. Joel mentioned after playing the opener, “The Anthem”, that they wouldn’t be talking much as they wanted to get through as many tracks as possible. They achieved just that. These guys haven’t lost a step. Good Charlotte has a new album out on September 18th.

During the Good Charlotte set, my younger sister had gotten hurt in the crowd. We went and sat down a little bit, tired and hungry. Unfortunately the next band that played would be the last I would see on the Vans Warped Tour, but how appropriate that that band would be Reel Big Fish. Reel Big Fish is a band I’ve seen over 15 times. I grew up listening to them and I’ve been attending their shows ever since I was old enough to go. There is nothing in this world like a Reel Big Fish show. While Aaron Barrett may be the only original member left in the band his eye/ear for talent has kept the band going for 27 years. They tour nonstop but play every show like it’s going to be their last. Here’s the thing with an RBF show, you know what you’re going to hear, but that doesn’t make it any less fun. Reel Big Fish played all of their well-known tracks, well…well known to their fans. I cannot recommend checking out Reel Big Fish anymore than I already have in the past. If you want an incredible time, go see Reel Big Fish!

So that was the end of it. No one in my party felt well after spending all day in the heat so we decided to cut our day short. The only band I am really disappointed I missed was Every Time I Die. So here’s a hypothetical review of that show: it was great, they’re always great, go and see them.

Well there it is! That was the Final Vans Warped Tour. Life will never be the same without this cross-country tour being in my life every summer. Kevin Lyman announced that something will be done next year, for the tour’s 25thanniversary, but this is the FINAL cross-country tour. It’s bitter sweet really. It’s sad that it’s over, but it feels great to reminisce about all the incredible memories. I can’t wait to see what happens next!

About The Writer: 
Dylan Lyles – Staff Writer
The Phenomenal Dylan Lyles is an obsessive fan of cinema, pro wrestling, horror, vinyl, and comic books. Bursting from the womb in 1992, Dylan’s surrounded himself with all things geek culture. Earliest memories include Wrestlemania 11, ‘The Death of Superman,’ and Jason popping out of the waters of Camp Crystal Lake. He worships at the alter of the the alter of Ayatollah of Rock ‘n’ Rolla. You may see him sharing his opinion on just about everything on the internet or maybe even working the various pop culture conventions on the east coast. Most importantly,vyou love him and he loves you!
Twitter: @thedylanlyles

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ANNAPOLIS RISING: A Benefit For The Capital Gazette and Free Press Announced, Good Charlotte To Headline

ANNAPOLIS RISING: A Benefit For The Capital Gazette and Free Press Announced, Good Charlotte To Headline

Annapolis Mayor Gavin Buckley has announced that the City will host a benefit concert on July 28 for the victims’ families and survivors of June 28’s mass shooting at The Capital Gazette building in Annapolis. The concert also will promote freedom of the press and its importance to our country’s democracy. Headlining the concert will be international recording artist, Good Charlotte, a Maryland-based band with connection to the City.

The concert will begin in the afternoon with several musical performances and guest speakers coming from the world of journalism. Proceeds will be directed the fund established for the victims and survivors and journalism scholarships. The event will take place from a stage on College Avenue with the Maryland State House in the background and the audience located on Bladen Street, extending down toward Rowe Boulevard.

“This horrible tragedy cannot be forgotten. Sadly, our country’s attention will soon shift from this event that has forever changed our city. We will not stand by and allow the memory of these slain journalists to be forgotten. We also stand up for our journalists and our freedom of the press and this concert is just one step in that direction,” said Mayor Buckley.

“When news of the Capitol Gazette mass shooting broke, we were filled with shock and heartbreak. It’s hard not to be overcome by a feeling of helplessness for the victims and their families, and to be discouraged that this has become a reoccurring headline in all of our lives,” said Benji and Joel Madden. “This tragedy hit us hard, not only because it happened in the city where our extended families live and work, and the place that gave our band its start, but because of what it seemed to symbolize: An attack on journalists and the ability we have in this country to share information freely. It’s an attack on freedom of speech and expression and the right to feel safe in doing so. Annapolis will always be dear to us, and we couldn’t be more proud of how the city has handled this tragedy. It’s only natural for us to want to do our part for the city and the people who have given us a place in Maryland that we still call home.”

The event will be ticketed. Information regarding tickets will be available soon.

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Good Charlotte Release Video For “Actual Pain” From Forthcoming Studio Album

Good Charlotte Release Video For “Actual Pain” From Forthcoming Studio Album

Good Charlotte today shared a new music video for “Actual Pain”, the first single off their highly anticipated seventh full-length studio album Generation Rx. Directed by Jake Stark, the introspective clip examines the album’s prevailing lyrical themes of trauma, pain, and loneliness. Watch it HERE. Generation Rx is due for release on September 14, 2018 via a newly minted global partnership between the band’s MDDN label and BMG. “Actual Pain” is available to stream and download now HERE.

Generation Rx represents both a new chapter and full circle moment for the group-brothers Joel [vocals] and Benji Madden [guitar, vocals], Billy Martin [guitar], Paul Thomas [bass], and Dean Butterworth [drums]. Powered by punk spirit, rock songcraft, and cinematic ambition, they retain the signature vitality and vulnerability of their formative years, while delivering an urgent, unafraid, and undeniable message befitting of two decades in the game.

The quintet craft intricate, yet infectious anthems of hope for a generation under the shadow of the Opioid epidemic, icons gone too soon, mass tragedy, loneliness, and confusion. Produced by Zakk Cervini and Benji during intimate sessions at MDDN headquarters, the record finds Good Charlotte doing what they do best-speaking directly to the youth.

Good Charlotte will return to the road in Europe and The UK for a massive tour kicking off February 1, 2019. Prior to their February tour, Good Charlotte will appear at a number of festivals this summer. A complete list of upcoming live dates and ticket information can be found HERE.

GOOD CHARLOTTE LIVE DATES

May 31, 2018 – Vienna, Austria – Arena Open Air

June 01, 2018 – Nüremberg, Germany – Rock Im Park

June 03, 2018 – Nürburg, Germany – Rock Am Ring

October 13, 2018 – Puebla, Mexico – Comuna Festival

February 01, 2019 – Zürich, Switzerland – X-Tra

February 03, 2019 – Milan, Italy – Alcatraz

February 04, 2019 – Munich, Germany – Zenith

February 05, 2019 – Cologne, Germany – Palladium

February 07, 2019 – Brussels, Belgium – AB

February 08, 2019 – Paris, France – Zenith

February 09, 2019 – Offenbach, Germany – Stadthalle

February 11, 2019 – Prague, Czech Republic – Forum Karlin

February 12, 2019- Warsaw, Poland – Torwar

February 13, 2019 – Berlin, Germany – Columbiahale

February 15, 2019 – Luxembourg, Luxembourg – Rockhal

February 16, 2019 – Hamburg, Germany – Sporthalle

February 18, 2019 – Tilburg, Netherlands – 013

February 20, 2019 – London, United Kingdom – Alexandra Palace

Stay tuned for more from GOOD CHARLOTTE very soon!

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GENERATION RX: Good Charlotte To Release Seventh Studio Album On September 14th!

GENERATION RX: Good Charlotte To Release Seventh Studio Album On September 14th!

GOOD CHARLOTTE today announced that they will release their anxiously awaited seventh full-length studio album, Generation Rx, on September 14, 2018. It marks the first record to be released under the newly minted global partnership between the band’s MDDN label and BMG. The album’s lead single “Actual Pain” is available to stream and download now HERE.

Generation Rx represents both a new chapter and full circle moment for the group-brothers Joel [vocals] and Benji Madden [guitar, vocals], Billy Martin [guitar], Paul Thomas [bass], and Dean Butterworth [drums]. Powered by punk spirit, rock songcraft, and cinematic ambition, they retain the signature vitality and vulnerability of their formative years, while delivering an urgent, unafraid, and undeniable message befitting of two decades in the game.

The quintet craft intricate, yet infectious anthems of hope for a generation under the shadow of the Opioid epidemic, icons gone too soon, mass tragedy, loneliness, and confusion. Produced by Zakk Cervini and Benji during intimate sessions at MDDN headquarters, the record finds GOOD CHARLOTTE doing what they do best-speaking directly to the youth.

“At the beginning of the year, we were reflecting a lot,” said Joel and Benji. “We just played a memorial service in honor of Lil Peep. We were thinking of that. Our generation was the first to have so many ways to deal with pain. Throughout this century, we’ve seen the whole opioid crisis get worse. We wondered if we were really doing our part. We wanted to bet back out there on the battlefield and spread insight, share experience, and give anything we could to improve lives. The message is you can get through the pain, survive it, and have the life you want. We made the record on our own terms and our own time. In that respect, we channeled the soul of our first two albums. This is the album we’ve been waiting 15 years to create.”

Lead single “Actual Pain” makes good on that promise. Sweeping strings underscore a wall of distortion as a hypnotic hook cuts deep. Raw and relatable, it’s the perfect introduction to Generation Rx.

Good Charlotte will return to the road in Europe and The UK for a massive tour kicking off February 1, 2019. A special fan club pre-sale goes live May 29 HERE. Prior to their February tour, Good Charlotte will appear at a number of festivals this summer. A complete list of upcoming live dates and ticket information can be found HERE.

GOOD CHARLOTTE LIVE DATES

May 26, 2018- Leeds, UK – Slam Dunk North

May 27, 2018 – Hatfield, UK – Slam Dunk South

May 28, 2018 – Birmingham, UK – Slam Dunk Midlands

May 31, 2018 – Vienna, Austria – Arena Open Air

June 01, 2018 – Nüremberg, Germany – Rock Im Park

June 03, 2018 – Nürburg, Germany – Rock Am Ring

October 13, 2018 – Puebla, Mexico – Comuna Festival

February 01, 2019 – Zürich, Switzerland – X-Tra

February 03, 2019 – Milan, Italy – Alcatraz

February 04, 2019 – Munich, Germany – Zenith

February 05, 2019 – Cologne, Germany – Palladium

February 07, 2019 – Brussels, Belgium – AB

February 08, 2019 – Paris, France – Zenith

February 09, 2019 – Offenbach, Germany – Stadthalle

February 11, 2019 – Prague, Czech Republic – Forum Karlin

February 12, 2019- Warsaw, Poland – Torwar

February 13, 2019 – Berlin, Germany – Columbiahale

February 15, 2019 – Luxembourg, Luxembourg – Rockhal

February 16, 2019 – Hamburg, Germany – Sporthalle

February 18, 2019 – Tilburg, Netherlands – 013

February 20, 2019 – London, United Kingdom – Alexandra Palace

Stay tuned for more from GOOD CHARLOTTE very soon!

ABOUT GOOD CHARLOTTE:
First formed in 1996 by brothers Joel and Benji Madden, Maryland’s GOOD CHARLOTTE soundtracked the turn-of-the-century and empowered a generation with one cleverly catchy anthem after another. 2000’s landmark self-titled debut earned a gold plaque and quietly set the stage for worldwide superstardom. In 2002, they unleashed the now-classic The Young and the Hopeless, which eventually went RIAA triple-platinum and would be lauded in the Top 20 of Rolling Stone‘s “50 Greatest Pop-Punk Albums” and BuzzFeed‘s “36 Pop Punk Albums You Need to Hear Before You F–ing Die. 2004’s The Chronicles of Life and Death bowed at #3 on the Billboard Top 200 and reached platinum status as Good Morning Revival [2007] and Cardiology [2010] repeated that Top 10 success and brought the band around the world multiple times in front of countless screaming fans. Along the way, everyone from N.E.R.D. and Three 6 Mafia to Avenged Sevenfold and Tonight Alive jumped at the chance to collaborate. By 2018, cumulative sales exceeded 11 million worldwide, while accolades encompassed everything from KERRANG! Awards to an MTV VMA. Following a six-year hiatus, they made a much-lauded return with their first independent offering Youth Authority during 2016. However, their music and message prove as potent as ever on 2018’s Generation Rx-the first album to be released under their partnership with BMG. Generation Rx needed a voice, and there’s no one better to provide it than GOOD CHARLOTTE.

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Good Charlotte To Release Sixth Studio Album, ‘Youth Authority,’ On July 15th

Good Charlotte To Release Sixth Studio Album, ‘Youth Authority,’ On July 15th

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GOOD CHARLOTTE are set to release their sixth studio album YOUTH AUTHORITY on Friday, July 15, via the Madden Brothers’ own label MDDN, distributed worldwide through Kobalt Label Services. Pre-order GOOD CHARLOTTE’s YOUTH AUTHORITY at iTunes starting today to receive the songs “40 oz. Dream” and “Makeshift Love” immediately (here). Special album exclusive items and tour pre-sale bundles are available now (here) and at www.goodcharlotte.com.

The multi-platinum-selling group’s first single “40 oz. Dream” world premiered as today’s “World Record” on Zane Lowe’s “Beats 1” radio show this morning. Listen to the show later today on demand and view the tracklistvia Apple Music. The lyric video for “40 oz. Dream” exclusively premiered today, Monday, April 4 on Rolling Stone.com.

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The pop-punk icons have announced four special one-night-only shows in addition to Vans Warped Tour dates this summer. The trek will launch Monday,April 18 at TLA in Philadelphia, PA and hit the following cities: Wednesday, April 20 at 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C., Thursday, April 21 at Webster Hall in New York, NY and Friday, April 22 at Paradise Rock Club. In July, GOOD CHARLOTTE will perform on the Vans Warped Tour 2016 starting Tuesday, July 19 in Noblesville, IN and continuing through Thursday, July 28 in Kansas City, KS.

Catch GOOD CHARLOTTE at the following on the following dates:
One-Night-Only East Coast Shows
4/18 – Philadelphia, PA – TLA
4/20 – Washington DC – 930 Club
4/21 – New York, NY – Webster Hall
4/22 – Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club
4/30 – Dallas, TX – KDGE Edgefest

Vans Warped Tour 2016
7/19 – Noblesville, IN – Klipsch Music Center
7/20 – Cuyahoga Falls, OH – Blossom Music Center
7/21 – Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center
7/22 – Auburn Hills, MI – The Palace of Auburn Hills
7/23 – Tinley Park, IL – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
7/24 – Shakopee, MN – Canterbury Park
7/26 – Milwaukee, WI – Henry Maier Festival Park
7/27 – Maryland Heights, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
7/28 – Kansas City, KS – Providence Medical Center Amphitheater

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Pop-Punk Icons Good Charlotte To Release Sixth Studio Album In Summer 2016

Pop-Punk Icons Good Charlotte To Release Sixth Studio Album In Summer 2016

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GOOD CHARLOTTE are set to return with their sixth studio album via the multi-platinum-sellingband’s own indie label MDDN, distributed worldwide through Kobalt. The group’s first single will premiere on April 4 with the album to follow this summer (exact release date is TBA). While the pop-punk icons are currently in the studio finishing the album, they’ve announced four special one-night-only shows. The trek will launch Monday, April 18 at TLA in Philadelphia, PA and hit the following cities: Wednesday, April 20 at 9:30 Club in Washington, DC, Thursday, April 21 at Webster Hall in New York, NY and Friday, April 22 at Paradise Rock Club. Special album pre-order and tour pre-sale bundles are available starting this Wednesday at: www.goodcharlotte.com.

GOOD CHARLOTTE are as inspired and committed as ever to making music that positively impacts the lives of their fans. They say:

“The new album is like our previous albums in that it’s for people who love music and are constantly motivated and trying to live a rad life. Everyone has something to prove to themselves, waking up every day and deciding to change their life for the better and help others do the same. GC has always been about doing this together, motivating each other, finding the unity and energy that exists in taking life’s challenges and coming out on the other side. It’s about being inspired and excited to be both who you are and who you want to be.” — GOOD CHARLOTTE

Formed in the mid-90s, GOOD CHARLOTTE have five albums and two collaborations under their belt.  The band was integral in establishing a global critical mass for the pop-punk genre. The group’s 2000 self-titled debut laid the foundation with the singles “Little Things” and “Festival Song.” Then in 2002 the breakthrough success of The Young and the Hopeless catapulted pop-punk into the stratosphere, and set them on the path to worldwide superstardom. The group followed with multi-platinum albums including The Chronicles of Life and Death (2004) and Good Morning Revival (2007). Following their most recent release Cardiology (2010), the group needed to take a breather.

“We had grown up inside the band and it was all we knew,” Benji says. “We all needed to step away to find out who we were outside of it as well as do some growing personally.”

The Madden brothers focused on the fully-functional recording studio they own and operate in the heart of Hollywood where they write, record and produce music for other artists in many genres. The brothers also serve as coaches on the highly-rated Australian version of “The Voice.” The drive resurfaced and Benji and Joel credit the young Australian pop-punk group 5 Seconds Of Summer for re-igniting the GOOD CHARLOTTE spark. After working with 5SOS since 2014, it reminded the brothers of how much fun they’d had with their own band–and in 2015, the timing felt right.

“We got the bug and the writing just started flowing,” explains Joel. “We worked on a few records that made us realize it would be fun to make our own record again. There’s a certain record that only we can make; those Good Charlotte records. We got a little nostalgic and we went our best instincts.”

In November 2015, GOOD CHARLOTTE released a one-off video for the song “Makeshift Love,” a classic anthem that unabashedly screams early 2000s. Recorded with longtime writer/producer John Feldmann, the infectious song captures the vibe that made GC so revered. They quickly followed it up with a triumphant, sold-out show at The Troubadour in West Hollywood, CA. Now, after a limited run of U.K. shows in February, a summer 2016 release date for their first new album since 2010’s Cardiology on the horizon, and the overwhelmingly positive and warm welcome they’ve received from the masses, GOOD CHARLOTTE is ecstatic to get back to their true purpose.

GOOD CHARLOTTE tour dates:

April 18: Philadelphia, PA, TLA
April 20: Washington, D.C., 930 Club
April 21: New York, NY, Webster Hall
April 22, Boston, MA, Paradise Rock Club

 

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Good Charlotte Returns With “Makeshift Love” Single, One-Off Show At The Troubadour

Good Charlotte Returns With “Makeshift Love” Single, One-Off Show At The Troubadour

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GOOD CHARLOTTE have returned and the band is ready to unleash their new song “Makeshift Love” in its entirety… as well as announce a special, one-night only live performance – their first in over five years.  On Thursday, November 19th, Good Charlotte will be performing at Los Angeles’ Troubadour (9081 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA). Tickets go on sale Friday, November 6th at 10am PT. Go to www.goodcharlotte.com for ticket information.

“Makeshift Love” will be available to stream exclusively on Apple Music and for purchase exclusively on iTunes today at 9:30am PT/12:30pm ET until Saturday, November 7th and afterwards on all online retailers.

“We all wanted to stand on stage together again, as a band,” explains Benji Madden about their decision to come out of hiatus for this surprise show. “We wanted to do it especially for our fans at home in America, and share this special moment.” Aside from being current LA residents (the band originally formed in Waldorf, MD), the significance of the Troubadour is a special one, as Benji reminisced with Alternative Press about their self-titled album tour in 2000: “We played the Troubadour and  Eric Valentine came out to see us in front of our fans. That night we decided we would go into the studio together and make the next record, which would become The Young and The Hopeless.”

As an authentic return to form, “Makeshift Love” is a classic pop-punk song that fits perfectly within their oeuvre, both sonically and lyrically. The song that brings the band out of their hiatus ironically is a song about breaking up. “Like all our breakup songs, it’s kind of a ‘non-break-up break-up song’,” he laughs. “In our music, there has always been some hope that it will all work out and, just like all of our affectionately sarcastic songs of the past, there is the same duality in this song too.”

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Though the band itself has been on ice for a few years, Benji and Joel have been on fire. While on break with Good Charlotte, the Madden twins have successfully ventured into co-writing and production, penning songs with All Time Low, 5 Seconds of Summer, and more. “We’ve had a blast becoming friends with younger bands this past year like Sleeping with Sirens and 5 Seconds of Summer,” explains Benji. “Working with these bands has made us fall in love with being a band again, and we feel we have a lot to say about what it means to be band making this kind of music.”

With a brand new single, its lyric video (which will premiere on Friday), and a one-night-only live event in Los Angeles, Good Charlotte seems poised for a massive return.  So what do they have in store?

“2016 marks the 20 year anniversary of GC,” he concludes… and he adds enigmatically: “These days. we are all operating on feelings, so we will see how it feels!”

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THE MADDEN BROTHERS: ‘Greetings from California’ Now Available For Pre-Order

THE MADDEN BROTHERS: ‘Greetings from California’ Now Available For Pre-Order

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'Greetings From California'

‘Greetings From California’

The Madden Brothers, consisting of global music stars Joel and Benji Madden have made their debut album, Greetings From California, available for pre-order iTunes.com/TheMaddenBrothers. Those who pre-order the album will receive two free track downloads including “California Rain” and the current smash single “We Are Done.” “We Are Done,” the band’s soulful, ’60s-inspired tune written with highly acclaimed producer Eric Valentine and the group’s first official single, has triumphed at Top 40 and Hot AC since its June 2nd release.  The song’s official music video premiered on VEVO on Monday, June 30th and can be seen here: http://smarturl.it/WeAreDoneVEVO.  Greetings From California will release September 16th on Capitol Records.

Keep up with The Madden Brothers online at TheMaddenBrothers.com and  Facebook.com/MaddenBrothers.

Greetings From California track listing:

SIDE A:

Dear Jane Intro

Dear Jane

Brixton

Out of My Mind

We Are Done

U R

Jealousy

Love Pretenders

SIDE B:

California Rain Intro

California Rain

Brother

Bad

Good Gracious Abbey

Suddenly

Empty Spirits

 

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THE MADDEN BROTHERS: Joel and Benji Madden Launch New Band

THE MADDEN BROTHERS: Joel and Benji Madden Launch New Band

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Global music stars Joel and Benji Madden — known for their band Good Charlotte as well as appearing on Australia’s highly rated The Voice — have announced that they have formed a new band called The Madden Brothers and will release their debut album entitled Greetings From California…, on Capitol Records October 7th. The first single “We Are Done,” a soulful, ’60s-inspired tune that they wrote with highly acclaimed producer Eric Valentine, will be released June 2 along with a lyric video. The single will impact Pop and Adult Contemporary radio on June 30, the same day that the official music video will be released.

Having already earned a place in history with Good Charlotte’s radio-ready pop-punk sound captured on such albums as their 3x US platinum breakthrough The Young and the Hopeless and over 10 million combined sales from their 5 albums sold worldwide, Joel and Benji were eager to flex their creative muscles with an entirely new project. “The idea was to not hide behind a band name or a genre, but rather to write some songs, and find someone to record them and help us deliver the truest picture of who we are musically,” Benji says. The result is Greetings From California…, which showcases the Maddens’ killer knack for melody, radiant sibling harmonies, and heartfelt story-telling.

The album is split into two “sides,” the first filled with upbeat, sunny pop-rock produced by their long-time collaborator Eric Valentine, who also produced The Young and the Hopeless and 2004’s The Chronicles of Life and Death and has also worked with Queens of the Stone Age, Taking Back Sunday, Third Eye Blind and countless others. It features the lyrically unapologetic “We Are Done,” which Benji says is an anthem about standing up for yourself. “It’s for anyone who’s feeling unappreciated or abused, or is suffering in any way,” he says. “We want to inspire people to speak up.”

Side Two is an earthy blend of folk, Southern rock, and ’70s-era FM pop produced by Grammy Award-winning producer Joe Chiccarelli, known for his work with The White Stripes, The Strokes The Shins and many others. Its centerpiece is “California Rain,”which tells the story of the Maryland-born brothers’ journey from East Coast to West Coast. It was also the first song they wrote back in 2012, during an inspiring visit with their friend Pharrell Williams, who encouraged them to follow their muse. “We went to see him in Miami and Benji brought an acoustic guitar,” Joel recalls. “We wrote the song together that night.  It felt like a repeat of us leaving home at 18 for California with just an acoustic guitar. All these years later, it all comes down to an acoustic guitar.”

Check out TheMaddenBrothers.com and like them on Facebook at Facebook.com/MaddenBrothers.

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Michael Monroe Premieres New Single And Video For ‘Stained Glass Heart’

Michael Monroe Premieres New Single And Video For ‘Stained Glass Heart’

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MICHAEL MONROE, vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, über-energetic frontman and iconic rock ‘n’ roll legend, has premiered the new video for “Stained Glass Heart” on GUITARWORLD.com “Stained Glass Heart” marks the third single from his new studio album HORNS AND HALOS, out now on Spinefarm Records.

“I’m feeling quite excited about our new ‘Stained Glass Heart’ video,” explains MICHAEL MONROE. “It was shot in Helsinki at an amusement park on a perfectly grey and rainy day which made it look more like an ‘abusement park.’  The video turned out very cool and classy.”

Watch the clip on GUITARWORLD.com here: http://tinyurl.com/ll5r4mx

On the live front, MICHAEL MONROE has revealed plans for an extensive world tour. After a three-date trek in Japan, a headlining U.K. tour will begin November 27 in Newcastle and the group will also appear at this year’s Hard Rock Hell festival on November 30 in North Wales. Following the U.K. run, the group will perform three shows in their home country of Finland.  MICHAEL adds, “Now that the new album is out, we can finally play the new songs live and create a whole new set-list. That’s why I’m especially excited about the up and coming tour dates.  See you all soon down the road!” Expect more dates and countries to be announced soon.

HORNS AND HALOS is the follow-up to the 2011 critically acclaimed Sensory Overdrive, winner of Classic Rock Magazine’s “Album Of The Year” and a No. 1 record in MONROE’s Finnish homeland. It is a cosmopolitan affair, mixed by Petri Majuri at Seawolf Studios in Finland and written and recorded around the world by MONROE’s international posse–bassist SAMI YAFFA (Hanoi Rocks, New York dolls), guitarist STEVE CONTE (New York Dolls, Company Of Wolves), drummer KARL “Rockfist” ROSQVIST (Chelsea Smiles, Danzig) and Swedish guitar star DREGEN (Backyard Babies).  MONROE is a frontman whose reputation is genuinely global and whose influence continues to be felt, with musicians  of all ages (from Dave Grohl  to the original Guns  N’ Roses members) citing his groundbreaking career as a source of inspiration.

The album’s first single released earlier this spring, “Ballad Of The Lower East Side,” is a nod to MICHAEL’s early days in New York, a city he moved to for a decade following the mid-’80s breakup of glam-punk pioneers Hanoi Rocks (for which he was the frontman).  It also appears on HORNS AND HALOS.  Watch the video for “Ballad Of The Lower East Side” at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XhAbtZXu2RU

The headlining U.K. dates for MICHAEL MONROE are as follows:

NOVEMBER
15th  Japan, Osaka-Shi, Quattro
16th  Japan, Tokyo, Liquid Room
17th  Japan, Tokyo, Bay Hall
27th  Northumbria Uni, Students Union, Newcastle
28th  Duchess, Leeds
29th  Cathouse, Glasgow
30th  Hard Rock Hell, Prestatyn, N. Wales (festival appearance)

DECEMBER
1st  Rescue Rooms, Nottingham
2nd  Thekla, Bristol
3rd  Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton
4th  O2Academy, Islington, London
5th  Finland, Lahti, Finlandia-klubi
6th  Finland, Turku, Caribia Areena
7th . Finland, Helsinki, Kaapelitehdas

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