After having performed on the last two Vans Warped Tour outings, Good Charlotte guitarist Billy tells Billboard.com the upcoming Honda Civic Tour, which also features co-headliners New Found Glory as
After having performed on the last two Vans Warped Tour outings, Good Charlotte guitarist Billy tells Billboard.com the upcoming Honda Civic Tour, which also features co-headliners New Found Glory as well as Less Than Jake and MxPx, was designed with a similar purpose in mind.
"It's totally like a mini-Warped Tour," says Billy. "I'm sure all four of these bands have done the Warped Tour many times. But the Warped Tour is such a good vibe, it's like 50-some bands, who are all friends with each other and hanging out and the only problem is you're playing outside, it's dirty and you can't go the bathroom anywhere and it's gross. So, it's like we're just taking the Warped Tour into a nicer, cleaner place."
This is also a reciprocating tour of sorts, as one-time openers turned headliners show their respect to bands that helped them get their start. MxPx pegged a then-unknown Good Charlotte to open a tour several years ago, while Less Than Jake did the same for New Found Glory. Currently, Good Charlotte is enjoying great success with its platinum 2002 Epic release "Young and the Hopeless," which is No. 22 on The Billboard 200.
"I don't think that we are changing the times," says Billy. "The thing with our band is we know we're not doing anything revolutionary or brand new in music. So, I think it is just taking influences like Green Day and stuff, and just adding them to a little different style of music."
So far, initial response for the Honda Civic Tour, which begins April 8 in Grand Forks, N.D., and runs through June 7 in Universal City, Calif., has been overwhelmingly positive. "Tickets have only been on sale for about a week now, and we keep getting reports that half of them are sold out already," says Billy. "We were all confident that every venue would sell about three-quarters of the way full and so far, they are all selling out. And we are speechless."
Afterward, Good Charlotte will avoid the obvious this summer and not return to the Vans Warped Tour. Instead, the band will tour Japan and Europe, including a few of the big summer festivals, before returning Stateside for a headlining tour in the fall. In addition, the band has tentative plans to begin recording its third disc in 2004.