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The second day of a backstage broadcast is usually a bit more hectic, and while the entire weekend was busier with our “Malibu Mansion Live” event, Saturday was no different from previous day two experiences. Notables that I spoke with included Charlie Puth, Alessia Cara, Michael and Luke from 5 Seconds of Summer and Joe Jonas’ new band DNCE.





Turns out for Joel and Benji Madden of Good Charlotte, “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous” aren’t so bad after all.

“We don’t walk around all day and say, ‘We’re rich and famous!’ Joel clarified when the brothers sat down on “The Ralphie Radio Show.” “We’re happy with our lives, good or bad.”

Lately for the twin brothers, and the band, there’s been more of the former: Good Charlotte’s headlining tour is selling well across the country, Cardiology is in stores, and Joel even gets his fantasy football tips now from ESPN’s Senior Fantasy Analyst Matthew Berry.

But more important than all of that for the lead singer is the “balance” he has in his life, between both his rock star job and his family with wife Nicole Richie and children Harlow (3) and Sparrow (2).

“The kids come out here and there and that’s always different, like there are two different kinds of touring,” explained Joel. “There’s the touring without the family, which is kind of like a little Dad vacation. Then they come out for a week here or there and that’s like, full-time family, but it’s a nice mix.”

“Obviously, we’re not like we were when we were 20 years-old,” Benji continued. “Now we all lead grown-up lives and we still love being together and music is the best job you can have.”

Joel noted another perk of the gig: flexibility.

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“There’s a lot of freedom in what we do, and we get to make our own rules,” he elaborated. “It’s interesting, because being in a band, a lot of the times the stories you read about people and things that people tear other people down for, we get away with a lot more of it because we’re in a rock band and we’ve been on the road for 12 years.”

The lead singer may have been alluding to the recent trials and tribulations of another famous father: Charlie Sheen. Thankfully for Joel and the band, there have been no public headlines that have interfered with their career.

“That was always the plan, to do this as long as we could,” Benji said of leading a grown-up life while still recording and touring, and not after the fact. “We love music, we love our band, and that’s why the people who love us, love us… it takes a certain type of person to make music.”

Benji’s comment elicited a reaction from his brother Joel.

“And it also takes a certain kind of a woman to be with a guy that’s always gone here and there, and traveling.”

Winning, duh.

“I had been in the studio from noon to midnight for two months straight, working on that,” revealed Joel Madden of exactly how much he poured in to the first version of Good Charlotte’s new album Cardiology. “(It was) about half way (done)… maybe a little more.”

But the band didn’t agree with the “single-driven” approach of producer Howard Benson – so the group stopped, scratched everything recorded, and started fresh with Don Gilmore. This pushed back the release of the LP to November 2. The first single, “Like It’s Her Birthday” is currently gaining airplay on radio stations across the country.

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The Madden brothers talked about the lead single as well as the song “Sex on the Radio” off the album, which drops November 2.

“There’s a few birthdays I don’t remember, and there’s an album cycle I completely… just doesn’t register,” joked Benji Madden… or at least, I thought he was kidding. “The third record (The Chronicles of Life and Death), I really can’t make out much.”

You might assume that the harder partying days are behind the Madden brothers – especially for Joel – who is now the father of two children and engaged to Nicole Richie. The lead singer also campaigned for Barack Obama during his 2008 Presidential bid. The Madden’s are from Maryland, but Joel’s work didn’t earn them any special trips to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

“I feel like everyone in Maryland knows somebody that works with somebody that works with the White House,” noted Joel, dismissing the notion that he should receive any type of special treatment. “It could probably happen with some work… I was definitely a big supporter of President Obama, and still am, but that was truly just because I believed in it.”

of course the video is a response to this from sarah silverman, kimmel’s gf.

holy cameos. i wonder how jennifer garner feels about this?

of course the video is a response to this from sarah silverman, kimmel’s gf.

holy cameos. i wonder how jennifer garner feels about this?

just found this from rolling stone… real interesting read…

What’s the most rock star thing you’ve ever done?
Benji Madden: I smoked a cigarette on a plane one time in my seat, how about that? I got a little tattoo on my face, I’ll never be able to work another real job so I consider that to be kinda forcing myself to stick to music.

Who’s the coolest person you ever met?
Joel Madden: I think Billie Joe Armstrong is probably one of the coolest musicians I’ve ever met because he’s so down to earth for being in such a big band.
Benji Madden: I bummed a cigarette off of Alec Baldwin, that was pretty cool.
Joel Madden: I met Eric Clapton one time, he was really cool.

What’s on your current playlist?
Joel Madden: My favorite band right now is the Kooks.
Benji Madden: Oh, that Silverchair album would have to be one of them. And I just got a Chimera record, It’s pretty dope, really good riffs.

What was your favorite album when you were fourteen years old?
Joel Madden: Probably Dookie, Green Day.
Benji Madden: Nevermind by Nirvana. That was a big one for me.

What’s the essence of Good Charlotte?
Benji Madden: I think the soul of Good Charlotte is just feeling good. A lot of bands don’t really like each other. I read an Interpol interview the other day, it was a really good interview because it was showing a different aspect of a band. They don’t really like each other — they work together and they kinda exist together and that’s how they like it. They’re like, “we didn’t get into this band looking for friends.” The three of us actually started this band when we were in tenth grade and I think we still have that attitude. I think what defines our band is really that you know we’re just living our dream and making records that we love and having a good time.

What happens when the band gets drunk together?
Joel Madden: [Bassist] Paul [Thomas] is really honest when he’s drunk. When he gets really drunk he will tell me what he thinks of every decision I’ve made in my life. It’s pretty refreshing in a weird way. And very loving. I got all this work done to the front of my house. [Mocking] “All that work you put into the front of your house, you’re probably just wasting your money because I know you you’re probably gonna move in a year and all that money you dumped into it isn’t really bringing the value up.” I was like, thanks man, I was really proud of it, thanks a lot.

just found this from rolling stone… real interesting read…

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What’s the most rock star thing you’ve ever done?
Benji Madden: I smoked a cigarette on a plane one time in my seat, how about that? I got a little tattoo on my face, I’ll never be able to work another real job so I consider that to be kinda forcing myself to stick to music.

Who’s the coolest person you ever met?
Joel Madden: I think Billie Joe Armstrong is probably one of the coolest musicians I’ve ever met because he’s so down to earth for being in such a big band.
Benji Madden: I bummed a cigarette off of Alec Baldwin, that was pretty cool.
Joel Madden: I met Eric Clapton one time, he was really cool.

What’s on your current playlist?
Joel Madden: My favorite band right now is the Kooks.
Benji Madden: Oh, that Silverchair album would have to be one of them. And I just got a Chimera record, It’s pretty dope, really good riffs.

What was your favorite album when you were fourteen years old?
Joel Madden: Probably Dookie, Green Day.
Benji Madden: Nevermind by Nirvana. That was a big one for me.

What’s the essence of Good Charlotte?
Benji Madden: I think the soul of Good Charlotte is just feeling good. A lot of bands don’t really like each other. I read an Interpol interview the other day, it was a really good interview because it was showing a different aspect of a band. They don’t really like each other — they work together and they kinda exist together and that’s how they like it. They’re like, “we didn’t get into this band looking for friends.” The three of us actually started this band when we were in tenth grade and I think we still have that attitude. I think what defines our band is really that you know we’re just living our dream and making records that we love and having a good time.

What happens when the band gets drunk together?
Joel Madden: [Bassist] Paul [Thomas] is really honest when he’s drunk. When he gets really drunk he will tell me what he thinks of every decision I’ve made in my life. It’s pretty refreshing in a weird way. And very loving. I got all this work done to the front of my house. [Mocking] “All that work you put into the front of your house, you’re probably just wasting your money because I know you you’re probably gonna move in a year and all that money you dumped into it isn’t really bringing the value up.” I was like, thanks man, I was really proud of it, thanks a lot.