PORTLAND – Good Charlotte will bring its blend of punk/rock/emo to the Cumberland County Civic Center May 17 as part of its Noise to the World tour. Tickets, $25.50, general admission for all ages, will go on sale today at noon.

Tickets will be available at the civic center box office with no service charge. They will also be available at all Ticketmaster outlets, on-line at www.ticketmaster.com and at www.teapartyconcerts.com. To charge by phone, call (207) 775-3458 or (207) 775-3331.

Good Charlotte was started in 1996 by vocalist Joel Madden and his twin brother, Benji, who plays guitar. They had never sung or played an instrument in their lives, but were instantly inspired to form a band after seeing the Beastie Boys on their 1995 Ill Communication tour.

The band had a passion for the energetic elements spawned from ’70s punk rock, but was also sentimental enough for killer ballads found in mainstream corporate rock. Quickly, the band made a name for itself in and around the Washington D.C. area, playing the WHFS annual rock show HFSFestival in 1998 and 1999.

A year later, Good Charlotte issued its self-titled debut on Epic. The Madden brothers scored a gig as MTV VJs and soon were all over the network’s late-night rock show “All Things Rock.”

By the fall of 2002, Good Charlotte was ready to release “The Young & the Hopeless.” “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous” and “Anthem” catapulted the band into the mainstream in 2003; and shared dates with New Found Glory for the third annual Civic Tour were equally successful. The band released “The Chronicle of Life in Death” late last year.

Also scheduled to perform at the May 17 concert are Simple Plan and Relient K.

The concert will begin at 7 p.m.


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