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the madden brothers with support: red ink hisense arena, melbourne october 31, 2014 Written by Jen @justjenrees

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he crowd at Fridays The Madden’s Brothers concert were the crowd that saw The Madden brother’ first ever concert. Joel and Benji said that Melbourne was their favourite city and that they chose it for their first concert. (yeah!) I was lucky enough to be part of their Soundcheck, which was great. A few acoustic songs and a lot of story telling and jokes were told. To warm up the crowd a Melbourne band called Red Ink kicked off the night. Their catchy tunes complemented The Madden Brothers sound well and the crowd loved them. One thing that made us all giggle was the unusual dancing of John the lead singer, very similar to Peter Garrett’s style. Songs off their two EP’s Catching A Killer and The Colour Age and their new single, Going Insane were played. Quite ironic actually, as I had written in my notes while watching that Red Ink were an insane band. After a half an hour wait that seemed like days The Madden brothers came bursting on to the stage with their all Australian Band. Complete with 3 backup singers, the entire band was dressed in black. Huge screens and great lighting set the stage for what was a memorable concert. Benji took the lead for this concert announcing that he was the lead singer in The Madden brothers and when everyone cheered Joel looked like he could do with a hug! Their stage banter and stories were just like the Good Charlotte concert days. This time Benji took the lead in explaining that the message of Greetings from California was to follow your dreams as no matter what background you

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come from there are possibilities for you. ‘Dear Jane’ was the first song to be played and was a crowd favorite. Most songs were played off their debut album, the highlight being ‘UR’ and ‘Love Pretender’. There were many kids in the crowd as well as some that were on The Voice like Bella. One noticeable difference from a Good Charlotte concert was the lack of swearing from the brothers and the lack of mohawks, piercing and tattoos from the crowd. Joined on the stage to sing Tom Petty and the Heartbreaker’s ‘Free Fallin’ was Danny Ross that Joel mentored in season 2 of The Voice Australia. Much to the crowds delight a set of Good Charlotte songs were played acoustically including Girls and Boys, Lifestyles Of The Rich & Famous, I Just Wanna Live, I Don’t Wanna Be In Love and Last Night. People my age were in Heaven when that set was played! As Joel and Benji had written Amnesia for 5 Seconds of Summer they played that as well which the younger demographic loved. The last two songs were The Eagles ‘Hotel California’ and appropriately ‘We are Done.’ Even though The Madden Brothers have their critics this concert demonstrated how talented they are. Their sound has evolved and they may have left behind the punk (that I still love) but they have definitely matured musically.

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