Our old friend Benji Madden of [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Good Charlotte[/lastfm] just posted a poignant video today, in which he talks about his days growing up in Maryland and D.C., and everything that led him and his brother Joel to start a rock band. The Madden brothers had two dreams…doing a show at the 9:30 Club, and performing at the legendary HFStival.

Not only did their dreams come true…they came true over and over. Good Charlotte has played the HFStival six times.

When Benji and Joel caught our attention back in the late ’90s, we knew there was something special about those guys.

We remember having them at the radio station and playing their demos on the air, and seeing our phone lines get packed as listeners were dying to know who they’d just heard.

We remember them nervously playing an acoustic set on a small stage in the menswear department of a store at Fair Oaks Mall during one of our HFStival ticket raids in 1999, surrounded by a crowd of people who loved every song and snatched up every bumper sticker.

We remember having them on stage at the HFStival for the first time in 1999.

We remember them getting signed by Epic Records and the release of their self-titled debut album on Epic Records the following year.

[pullquote quote=”I grew up coming to the HFStival. . . I wrote this song about being here, how we wanted to quit our jobs to be in a band. We have all our friends, the fans and the radio support right here.” credit=”Joel Madden”]And we remember “Festival Song”…the song they wrote about their now-fulfilled dream of playing the HFStival. The music video used footage from their third appearance at the HFStival, in 2001. (Check it out below.)

We’re proud that Benji and Joel were among the first HFS artists that welcomed us back on the air last year, and we’re proud to be a part of the success of a couple of kids from Waldorf that had a big dream and a lot of talent. Looking forward to what’s next!

Good Charlotte Presents “Walkin’ On The Streets Of D.C.” 

Good Charlotte — “Festival Song” (featuring footage from HFStival 2001) 


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