Good Charlotte/Yellowcard/Runner Runner

By Chip Tamplin

Published on Saturday, June 25, 2011

Yellowcard, Good Charlotte and Runner Runner have been touring around the United States recently, and Chip Tamplin had the opportunity to check out the performance at Rams Head Live in Baltimore, MD. Check below for his photos and impressions from the show.

Runner Runner:

Though I’d heard of the band before this show, I had no idea what they sounded like. It was a pretty safe assumption they’d be some sort of pop/punk band considering the bands they were opening for and that was more or less the case. The last couple times I’ve seen Yellowcard and Good Charlotte I wasn’t too impressed by their openers so I didn’t have high expectations for Runner Runner but was pleasantly surprised by them.

I had sat in on an interview with bassist Jon Berry (with comments from vocalist Ryan Ogren) so having a feel for their personalities beforehand definitely made me more open to hearing them and I was definitely rewarded for it. Though they’re a little more pop oriented than I tend to listen to, I definitely enjoyed them and bought their album afterwards. Ogren stopped the momentum of the set right before the end to sing their song “I Can’t Wait” for his fiance, whom he was marrying in nine days. After completing this they ended with their big hit “So Obvious” and had warmed the crowd up quite successfully for Yellowcard.

Vocals: 9
Crowd Response: 7
Overall Sound: 9
Band Activity: 9
Overall Rating: 8

Setlist:

1. Unstoppable
2. Hey Alli
3. Hate the Way
4. Heart Attack
5. Life After You
6. I Can’t Wait
7. So Obvious

Yellowcard:

For some reason it had escaped me that this show was a hometown one for Good Charlotte so I was expecting Yellowcard to be the headliner, but they were still given a full headliner length set so it wasn’t a big deal. I hadn’t seen Yellowcard in many years so it was definitely great to see them again, especially considering how great their new album When You’re Through Thinking, Say Yes, was. From the get-go Yellowcard came out with more energy than the other two bands combined…x2.

The band played a great blend of their material including some of their bigger songs like “Lights and Sounds”, “Only One” and their signature closer “Ocean Avenue”. Vocalist and guitarist Ryan Key and violinist Sean Mackin were by far the most energetic members of the band constantly running around on stage and jumping off the risers while playing.

Yellowcard, and their live show, blew me away, much more so than I was anticipating. Definitely better than the last time I saw them. Key and Mackin kept the crowd pumped up for the entire set and Key’s vocals were spot on throughout their entire set.

Vocals: 10
Crowd Response: 10
Overall Sound: 9.5
Band Activity: 10
Overall Rating: 10

Setlist:

1. For You, and Your Denial
2. Way Away
3. Breathing
4. Fighting
5. Rough Landing, Holly
6. Light up the Sky
7. With You Around
8. Lights and Sounds
9. Only One
10. Hang You Up
11. Sing for Me
12. Believe
13. Ocean Avenue

Good Charlotte:

As stated earlier, this was a hometown show for Good Charlotte. Unfortunately, I was expecting a little more from them because of it. While they sounded great, there wasn’t much energy or production value and very little crowd interaction.

Like Yellowcard, they played a great blend of their discography, starting with a lot of older songs and slowly working their way to their newer material. Being more of a fan of their older material, I loved hearing songs like “The Anthem” and “Girls & Boys” opening their set topped off with “Little Things” and “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous”.

Despite the lack of energy, Good Charlotte still sounded great and was definitely worth seeing. I look forward to seeing them again.

Vocals: 9
Crowd Response: 10
Overall Sound: 9
Band Activity: 9
Overall Rating: 9

Setlist:

1. Introduction to Cardiology
2. The Anthem
3. Girls & Boys
4. My Bloody Valentine
5. Silver Screen Romance
6. Riot Girl
7. Like It’s Her Birthday
8. Sex on the Radio
9. Little Things
10. The Young and the Hopeless
11. The River
12. Dance Floor Anthem
13. I Just Wanna Live
14. Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous

Photos (Bands Listed in Alphabetical Order):

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