Kerrang Relentless Tour 2011 - Roundhouse, London
Into its sixth successful year, the Kerrang Relentless Tour tonight stopped off at the Roundhouse, and many of the young fans tonight had been camping outside high on anticipation. The sold out show, with Good Charlotte as headliners, was a good chance to learn about the current state of the commercial end of the pop-punk market.
The first band on tonight were Americans The Wonder Years, whose energetic stylings got the evening started and definitely got the teenagers, and to some extent their parents, well warmed up.
Framing Hanley were on next, and although for a band of this type you would expect a lot of energy and passion, they proved to be quite dull. Frontman Kenneth Nixon certainly had the female fans screaming, but it was hard to see past the floppy haircut what all the fuss was about.
For me, out of the supports, it was Four Year Strong that I found most impressive. It was these guys that really got the crowd moving and singing along at the tops of their voices. Their whole set was full of energy: keyboardist Josh Lyford was all over the stage and with his style of raw vocals it was hard not to come away impressed. It was easy to tell from this band's style their influences arise from the likes of Blink-182, but they still have an originality which is getting less common now days with these types of bands.
Finally it was time for headliners Good Charlotte. I was looking forward to this as I thought their performance at Sonisphere last year was really entertaining. Arriving on stage at 9:30 they started their started things off with 'Introduction to Cardiology', swiftly followed by a couple of their most popular singles, 'The Anthem' and 'Girls and Boys'. At some stages it was hard to hear Joel Madden singing over the fans singing along, and the Roundhouse was now virtually packed as those who had skipped the support acts had piled in to catch the headliners.
Covering songs from their self titled album, to their most recent effort they were sure to please pretty much everyone who'd come out tonight. They ended their set with a cover of Blink 182’s 'Dammit', and one of their most popular songs 'Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous'. They may not have the critical acclaim of the likes of Green Day but GC still know how to put on an entertaining show and the smileson the faces of the young crowd proved as much.
Good Charlotte Set list
Introduction to Cardiology / The Anthem / Girls Like Boys / My Bloody Valentine / Silver Scream Romance / Riot Girl / Like Its Her Birthday / Keep Your Hands Off My Girl / Predictable / Little Things / The Chronicles of Life and Death / The Young & The Hopeless / The River Play Video / Dance Floor Anthem / I Just Wanna Live / Sex On The Radio / The Story of My Old Man / Dammit / Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous.