Film Review: Good Charlotte - MTV2 Hard Rock Live 2003

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MTV2 Hard Rock Live 2003









You’d be hard pressed to find someone who hasn’t heard of Good Charlotte. Songs like “Dance Floor Anthem (I Don’t Wanna Be In Love)” and “I Just Wanna Live” were both cross-over smashes, while punk rockers from the TRL generation caught on much earlier than that through “Lifestyles of The Rich & Famous” and “The Anthem” – and it’s earlier era Good Charlotte that we’re looking back on today.

Good Charlotte’s rise to the top was in full swing back in 2003. Their career defining, multi-platinum album The Young & The Hopeless was released in late 2002, the aforementioned singles “Lifestyles of The Rich & Famous” and “The Anthem” shot up the charts, they would have been on tour with New Found Glory as part of the Honda Civic Tour, and they made this stop in Orlando for a taping of MTV2’s Hard Rock Live series.

As if they needed any extra encouragement even though Joel Madden was happy to provide it, the crowd was happy to jump along and sing with opening tune “Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous,” and subsequentially continue doing so with “Girls & Boys.”

Good Charlotte made pretty quick work of their 18-minute set and gave the crowd all 5 singles from The Young & The Hopeless, allowing their lyrics to encourage with the album’s title track and “Hold On,” before closing with “The Anthem,” where the crowd body surfed, danced with one another, jumped along with the guitars, and screamed out every lyric as they pumped fists in the air – pardon the pun, they made the song their “anthem!”

Obviously, playing the hit songs is always a great idea in a quick TV taping like this one. It gives the crowd the energy needed to become quickly invested, while keeping the viewers at home watching the entire performance. Beyond that, though, Good Charlotte also showed how much they perfected the art of rearranging parts of their songs in all the right places to add specific pauses to them so that the live crowd could scream along as they did during the intro of “Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous” and “Girls & Boys.” 

I love looking back on shows like this one for multiple reasons. It’s always fun to watch a band during their rise to the height of their popularity and already making a tremendous impact without knowing all the great stuff that is still ahead for them. I also get to wax nostalgic and remember what it was like to be in a sea of people who lived and breathed these songs. This era wasn’t just about going to a show to see your favorite band perform, but this was about going to be a part of the songs that defined you and made you who you are!


1. Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous

2. Girls & Boys

3. The Young & The Hopeless

4. Hold On

5. The Anthem


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