Interview: Paul Thomas of Good Charlotte

How did you get your start as a bassist?
It was in 1993, I was 13 years old and my brother formed a band with a couple of his friends. I used to play the guitar but because everyone took all the cooler instruments, I became bassist by default.
As a bassist, which two albums are your biggest musical influences?
Without a doubt, they have to be Pixies’ Doolittle and Rage Against the Machine’s self-titled debut.
What are some of your more memorable experiences touring?
Being mobbed by the paparazzi in Prague was pretty funny but on a more serious note, I have always enjoyed playing in Australia because we always play massive, sold out gigs there.
Which song do you refuse to play in a gig?
It has to be “Broken Hearts Parade.”
Any surprises in store for your fans in Singapore?
No idea at all but they can expect older tracks and B-sides. We are much more seasoned but will still maintain our high energy performances. Everyone would be sweating and jumping during the show.
So what happens after a Good Charlotte gig?
Probably getting drunk and violently playing dodgeball.
Good Charlotte plays their hits from Cardiology and more on November 18 at The Coliseum, Hard Rock Hotel.