LIVE REVIEW: The Madden Brothers – Hisense Arena, Melbourne
For Joel and Benji Madden performing comes second nature to them and witnessing their first Madden Brothers show nerves were surprisingly noticeably high. Opening with “Dear Jane” they commanded the stage with their usual rock star attitudes but greeted the crowd with awkward banter. After finding their feet after a couple of songs they oozed with confidence delivering an entertaining two hour set showcasing songs from “Greetings From California”. For this project Benji took the lead showcasing his intriguing diverse vocal range while Joel accompanied him on Guitar and harmonies. Between songs Joel and Benji both took the time to talk to the crowd about where the songs originated from and anecdotes from their Good Charlotte years. This created some playful onstage banter between the brothers of who would tell the story. Brotherly bickering at its best.
The first half of the show saw them showcasing album favourites “Brixton”, “Out Of My Mind”, “Love Pretenders” and “UR” before being joined on stage by Voice contestant Danny Ross for an awkward cover of Tom Petty’s “Free Fallin”. Then it was time to relive some of Good Charlottes greatest hits with the high energy hits “Girls And Boys” and “I Just Wanna Live” before acoustically recreating “Lifestyles Of The Rich And Famous”, “Dance Floor Anthem” and “Last Night”. This part of the show was unsurprisingly the most popular set with long term fans on their feet belting out the lyrics to their favourite songs. High pitched screams filled the arena when they announced they were going to cover a song they wrote for Australian pop/punk band 5 Seconds Of Summer. Their version of “Amnesia” sounded more natural and impressed with their vocal honesty. Getting right back into it with “Greetings From California” tracks “Bad”, “California Rain” and my personal favourite “Brother” they had the audience once again grooving along to their slick sound. Closing the show with an appropriate cover of The Eagles “Hotel Calfifornia” and the mega hit “We Are Done” they had the audience captivated and in awe. After a shaky start The Madden Brothers delivered an entertaining and professional rock/folk show that showcased their natural talent and unique storytelling. The best way to describe them is simply this; Real musicians, real talent, real people.