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Good Charlotte
Friday, Nov. 21. SJSU Event Center, 290 S. Seventh St., San Jose, 408.998.TIXS, 7:30pm. $27.50

It's like your mom always said: It pays to be polite. That's true even in the world of punk rock, and it's paying off big time for Good Charlotte, a group of regular Joes who stress the importance of humility and use the cash gained from their hit records to buy gifts for their parents.

While many long-established acts are struggling to sell tickets, these heavily tattooed, highly mannered young lads have the kids lining up. The TRL-toppers follow up a sold-out date at the Event Center at San Jose in May with greatly anticipated shows back at the Event Center on Nov. 21. Vocalist Joel Madden might even have time to do some laundry during this Bay Area swing, since he now lives in north San Jose.

Hailing from Waldorf, Md., by way of Annapolis' thriving music scene, Good Charlotte has quickly found a home with fans of such punk-lite popsters as Blink 182 and Sum 41 by creating easily digestible, hook-filled, radio-friendly rock & roll. It's music that the kids will love, and parents will tolerate. The band's second release, The Young and the Hopeless, which featured the megahit "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous," pushed the band into the realm of superstars they mock on said track.

Following this fall tour, the band is back to the studios to again work with producer Eric Valentine, who has masterminded releases by Queens of the Stone Age, Third Eye Blind and Smash Mouth, as well as Good Charlotte's last record. The group will take up shop in L.A., pore over a bunch of yet untitled songs, and try to find at least something that will strike as big as "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous." It shouldn't be that difficult. At this point, all they will need to do is look at their own lifestyles for inspiration. (Jim Harrington)


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Winter Music Guide 2003
The Fingerbangerz
The Faction
David Bowie
The Matches
Jucifer
The Ataris
Hieroglyphics
Primus
Evanescence
The Brian Setzer Orchestra
Good Charlotte
Hot Water Music
Mya
The Polyphonic Spree
Ticketmaster's new bid-for-tickets system
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