Good Charlotte: Announce New U.K. Only Single “Life Changes;” Confirm Reading And Leeds Festival Performances

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GOOD CHARLOTTE (L-R): Dean Butterworth (drums), Benji Madden (rhythm guitar/vocals), Joel Madden (vocals), Paul Thomas (bass), and Billy Martin (lead guitars, keyboards).


Multi-platinum-selling pop-punk icons GOOD CHARLOTTE have announced a new U.K. single “Life Changes” taken from their forthcomingsixth studio album YOUTH AUTHORITY which will be releasedon Friday, July 15th.  You can pre-order the album (here) and will be rewarded with instant grat downloads of “Makeshift Love”, “40oz Dream” and starting tomorrow, the new track “Life Changes” (YT LINK).“Life Changes” will be available on all DSPs on Friday, May 13.


“When we went to make this record I just wanted to make a record that I would love to listen to driving around, and feeling like a kid again. That was the goal,” Benji Madden says.


They accomplish that time and again on the mature YOUTH AUTHORITY, from the old-school pop/punk opener “Life Changes” to the joyous sing-along refrain of “Reason To Stay,” featuring Simon Neil (Biffy Clyro), and the upbeat pop energy of “Keep Swingin” featuringadditional vocals from Kellin Quinn (Sleeping with Sirens) as well as “The Outfield” and “WAR,” the group’s heaviest song to date.For the new album, the group also collaborated with John Feldmann who produced the original GOOD CHARLOTTE albums.


The multi-platinum-selling group’s first single, the retro “40 oz. Dream” is impacting radio charts starting this week. Watch the clip for “40 oz. Dream”which Rolling Stone hailed “colorful and nostalgic… [the] song looks back on the time when the band was on the come-up in L.A.’s punk scene.” Watch and share the group’s hilarious video for the song “Makeshift Love”.A video for “Life Changes” will be released in the coming weeks.


After performing a handful of sold-out east coast dates, the pop-punk icons have announced special shows on the Vans Warped Tour this summer. The trek will launch on Tuesday, July 19 in Noblesville, IN and continuing through Thursday, July 28 in Kansas City, KS. Catch GOOD CHARLOTTE live in the UK at this year’s Reading and Leeds festivals on August 26 – 28th. More dates will be announced soon.


Catch GOOD CHARLOTTE at the following dates below.

Date Location Venue
Vans Warped Tour
TUE 7/19 Noblesville, IN Klipsch Music Center
WED 7/20 Cuyahoga Falls, OH Blossom Music Center
THU 7/21 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center
FRI 7/22 Auburn Hills, MI The Palace of Auburn Hills
SAT 7/23 Tinley Park, IL Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
SUN 7/24 Shakopee, MN Canterbury Park
TUE 7/26 Milwaukee, WI Henry Maier Festival Park
WED 7/27 Maryland Heights, MO Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
THU 7/28 Kansas City, KS Providence Medical Center Amphitheater
European Tour Dates
THU 8/18 Hasselt, BE Pukklepop
SAT 8/20 Cologne, DE Live Music Hall
SUN 8/21 Eindhoven, NL Effenaar
FRI 8/26 Leeds, UK Leeds Festival
SUN 8/28 Reading, UK Reading Festival







Watch the clip for “Makeshift Love” (released Nov. 2015):



Formed in the mid-90s, GOOD CHARLOTTE has 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 with our best instincts.” In November 2015, the band released a one-off video for the song “Makeshift Love,” a track with all the elements of GOOD CHARLOTTE’s classic sound. 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 run of U.K. shows in February, U.S. dates in April and the release of their new album YOUTH AUTHORITY on MDDN July 15, GOOD CHARLOTTE is ecstatic to get back to their true purpose.

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