WEST HOLLYWOOD, California — If New Found Glory and Good Charlotte are as competitive about their live shows as they are about the cars they designed for the third annual Civic Tour, concertgoers are in for a treat.
“Our car’s faster,” boasted Good Charlotte singer Joel Madden at Tuesday’s (February 25) press conference to announce the tour, which is co-sponsored by “TRL.”
“That’s ’cause our massive video game system weighs us down,” New Found Glory drummer Cyrus Bolooki shot back. “And all the people stopping to see how cool it is weighs us down.”
“Our car is weighed down with crazy hos,” countered Madden’s twin brother, Benji.
A mediator quickly stepped in. “Fire hoses, that is,” a Honda executive said with a smile.
Of course, New Found Glory and Good Charlotte were joking — something they do well and often. The bands are far from competitive and have been friends since they toured together three years ago. “It’s been a good experience learning from them and growing up together,” Benji said.
Joel said the groups would definitely be joining each other onstage during the 47-date co-headlining trek.
“And we’re going to share our beds, ’cause we heard that’s the best way to show our love,” chimed in New Found Glory bassist Ian Grushka to the applause of his audience: his bandmates.
“Thank you, Blanket,” added Joel to more cheer.
New Found Glory and Good Charlotte weren’t all jokes, however, especially when asked about the tour’s openers, Less Than Jake and MxPx, who’ll be splitting the dates.
“Those are two bands that took both our bands out when we were starting,” NFG guitarist Chad Gilbert said. “So we’re giving back to two bands that helped us out early on, and that means a lot.”
While Benji said Good Charlotte chose the Civic Tour because his sister drives an ’89 Civic and “the kids can win these cars, and these cars are nicer than the cars anyone in my band drives,” his brother gave a more serious answer.
“There’s a million reasons to get involved,” he said. “Being able to offer lower ticket prices to our fans is probably the biggest reason, but also we got to customize Civics, and I love cars.”
Benji — who at one point shouted, “Toyota sucks. Honda what!” — seemed to make up for his “hos” comment by saying, “I want to point out how impressed I am with Honda, just being able to see the scene we’re involved in. There’s not many companies that would want to be involved in the culture that we’re in at a major level like this, so we’re all very surprised.”
“I heard all the presidents of Honda are getting tattoos,” Joel added.
As with past Civic Tours, which have featured Incubus, Blink-182 and Everclear, the bands will be joined on the road by the cars designed by each band. Twelve vehicles have been customized and each will be given away through contests, including one on the tour’s Web site that starts March 27.
Good Charlotte called their design, a pimped-out play off the album artwork for The Young and the Hopeless, “a ghetto redneck’s dream.” “I come from a place called Waldorf, Maryland, and it’s every kid’s dream to have a lowrider, so we were really excited to put on all the things we couldn’t have at home, like rims and the Alpine stereo system,” Joel said.
New Found Glory’s similarly loaded fire engine red design was inspired by insides jokes amongst the bandmembers, including made-up people whose names appear in strange places on the car.
The first leg of the Civic Tour will kick off April 8 in Grand Forks, North Dakota, and wrap up June 7 in Los Angeles. Dates for a second leg will be announced later. Tickets go on sale Friday, and a pre-sale begins Tuesday on the tour’s Web site.
“It’s a more extensive tour than any of us would have ever been able to do,” Benji said. “And we’re not just hitting big cities. We’re starting in North Dakota. Those kids deserves good shows too!”
Civic Tour dates, according to the publicist:
- 4/8 – Grand Forks, ND @ Alerus Center
- 4/9 – Minneapolis, MN @ Target Center
- 4/10 – Chicago IL @ UIC Pavilion
- 4/11 – Milwaukee, WI @ Eagles Ballroom
- 4/12 – Detroit, MI @ Cobo Arena
- 4/13 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Delta Plex
- 4/15 – Indianapolis, IN @ Pepsi Coliseum
- 4/16 – Dayton, OH @ Hara Arena
- 4/17 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Peterson Center
- 4/18 – Cleveland, OH @ Tower Amphitheatre
- 4/21 – Hershey, PA @ Giant Center
- 4/22 – Rochester, NY @ Blue Cross Arena
- 4/24 – Worcester, MA @ Centrum
- 4/25 – Portland, ME @ Cumberland County Civic Center
- 4/26 – Hartford, CT @ Civic Center
- 4/27 – Albany, NY @ Sienna College
- 4/30 – Poughkeepsie, NY @ Marist College’s McCann Center
- 5/1 – Hampton, VA @ Hampton Coliseum
- 5/2 – Philadelphia, PA @ First Union Spectrum
- 5/3 – Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
- 5/4 – Washington, DC @ Patriot Center
- 5/6 – Charlotte, NC @ Cricket Arena
- 5/7 – Atlanta, GA @ Gwinnett Civic Center
- 5/8 – Greenville, SC @ Timmons Arena
- 5/10 – Sunrise, FL @ Office Depot Center
- 5/11 – Tampa, FL @ USF Sundome
- 5/13 – Orlando, FL @ TD Waterhouse Centre
- 5/14 – Birmingham, AL @ Boutwell Auditorium
- 5/15 – New Orleans, LA @ State Palace
- 5/16 – Houston, TX @ Reliant Arena
- 5/17 – Dallas, TX @ Smirnoff Music Center
- 5/18 – San Antonio, TX @ Sunken Gardens
- 5/20 – St. Louis, MO @ Family Arena
- 5/21 – Kansas City, KS @ City Market
- 5/22 – Lincoln, NE @ Pershing Auditorium
- 5/23 – Denver, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre
- 5/26 – Seattle, WA @ Seahawk Stadium Exhibition Center
- 5/27 – Portland, OR @ Memorial Coliseum
- 5/28 – Boise, ID @ Bank of America Center
- 5/29 – Salt Lake City, UT @ E Center Ford Theater
- 5/30 – Las Vegas, NV @ Cox Pavilion
- 5/31 – San Jose, CA @ SJSU Events Center
- 6/1 – Bakersfield, CA @ Centennial Garden Arena
- 6/3 – Phoenix, AZ @ Mesa Amphitheatre
- 6/4 – Irvine, CA @ Bren Center
- 6/5 – Santa Barbara, CA @ County Bowl
- 6/7 – Los Angeles, CA @ Universal Amphitheatre
[This story was updated on 02.25.03 at 7:20 p.m. ET.]