Ritz Raleigh gets their fix of Good Charlotte
Generation Rx Tour:
Photos by Luke Jamroz
Friday nights are all they’re cracked up to be when you have rock goliaths Good Charlotte in town. The MTV era style music has continued to develop well into 2018 and we’re very excited for 2019 and beyond. This week, the show was parked on the stage of Ritz Raleigh, a cool venue at the end of an industrial stretch of land surrounded by vast parking lots and allotted the pleasure of being the go-to concert spot in town.
Good Charlotte released an album last month Generation Rx that was a collaborative of a newly minted global partnership between the band’s MDDN label and BMG. The anthemic album was received well by new and old fans and led for intense mosh-pits throughout the night.
Up first, was mentees Sleeping with Sirens (Warner Bros.) who are no stranger to the Shutter 16 Family; they have been on tour for what seems a decade. We’ve been in all the photo pits and enjoy seeing the guys live on the regular. Tonight was no different. Fans were ready for the performance, and 11 songs solidified a good chunk of SWS love, especially getting to hear their biggest hit “If You Can’t Hang,” when watching the crowd during this exact song there is nowhere else in the entire world anyone in the building would want to be.
Headliners, Good Charlotte (MDDN, BMG), gave us a show, many talks in between songs – which is mass appreciated some bands just go from hit-to-hit – and some kick-ass pits to round out a crazy fun night. The main message that vocalist Joel and Benji Madden talked upon was the importance of women’s voice, safety, and respect they should be given at s show, at the office, in their life, period. This speech received a roar from the crowd, symbolizing the agreement between the fans and the band.
The set laid heavily upon the 2002 release, The Young and The Hopeless, which was the album the thrust the band into the limelight via the larger TRL / MTV era and housed one of their biggest hits “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous.” We were treated to some with two new tunes from Generation Rx “Generation Rx” and “Prayers,” Throughout the event we were given a song from each and every album. Looking around not just this but everyone knew every word to every song. A legion of GC fans stood together in unison screaming their hearts out. The energy, that venue, this night. What a time to be alive.
The band will wrap-up the Generation Rx North American Tour in Las Vegas on November 24th and then will be heading overseas in February 2019 to entertain the foreign masses. If you haven’t picked up their album yet, you can do so here.