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I'll start backwards, with Good Charlotte's set. It. Was. Amazing. Good Charlotte was one of my favorite bands in middle school. The Chronicles Of Life & Death was one of the three CDs I owned, and lyrics to "Predictable" and "I Just Wanna Live" are scribbled on the walls of my room. When I started getting back into punk rock in college, I felt I was never going to see Good Charlotte live. But then a miracle happened, Good Charlotte announced their return to music! I was so excited! And then this mini East Coast tour was announced with a show in their hometown and I knew I had to go.
Good Charlotte's set was something really special. They not only played hit songs, like "The Anthem," "Lifestyles Of The Rich & Famous," and "Girls & Boys," but they also played smaller songs (think "Riot Girl"). They claimed they had not played these songs in 10 years. Some of the songs, like "Mountain" they only played the first verse and chorus, so they could fit in even more songs. Joel said that they were playing songs in DC that would not be played anywhere else. It felt very special. But then again, whenever you go a band's hometown show, you do expect a little extra special.
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I stood in the second row during Waterparks set. I wanted to be close, because I really enjoy Waterparks. They started performing and the people in front of me gave them absolutely nothing. They didn't look at them. They stared at their phones. Even worse, the people next to me were trashing them, saying, "what the fuck is this?" "I'm going to need another beer..." I was so upset. I was trying to jam as much as I could with the people around me side-eyeing. And all this happened not even ten feet in front of Geoff.
There has to be a rule: if you are going to barricade the headliner of a concert, YOU HAVE TO GIVE THE OPENER SOME LOVE. At least nod your head. Tap your foot. DO NOT ignore them or just stare at your phone and DO NOT TRASH THEM. If you could get up and perform in front of a sold out venue, then fine, but otherwise zip it. Let's be supportive of bands and music in general, pop punk needs a little more positivity.
After the Waterparks set, Awsten came out to the merch area. I apologized for the behavior of the audience, and said they deserved much better than that. Hopefully the audiences in Philadelphia, New York, and Boston were not as rude as Washington, DC's. The audiences on Warped Tour should be much better.
In the end, I'm left with a very conflicted feeling. The Good Charlotte set was inspiring and uplifting, but I wish the audience was more hyped during the Waterparks set. I was really looking forward to seeing two of my favorite bands performing together, I just wish the audience was as nice as the audiences at some of the previous shows I attended (like The Maine/Mayday Parade or State Champs/Neck Deep).
Good Charlotte's most recent single "40 Oz. Dream" was released April 5 through MDDN LLC. Their next album Youth Authority will be released July 15. The album is available to preorder on iTunes and "40 Oz. Dream" is available to stream on Spotify. Waterparks' EP Cluster was released in January and is available on iTunes and Spotify. Both bands will be performing on The Vans Warped Tour, with Waterparks performing every date and Good Charlotte performing July 19 through July 28.