Good Charlotte's Agenda: Babies, Production, Touring
Good Charlotte's Benji Madden is so excited about becoming an uncle that he's already bought a high chair, stroller and crib for his house in anticipation. And it's not only for his twin brother and GGood Charlotte's Benji Madden is so excited about becoming an uncle that he's already "getting ready" -- he's bought a high chair, stroller and crib for his house in anticipation.
And it's not only for his twin brother and Good Charlotte frontman Joel Madden's expected child with girlfriend Nicole Richie; the Maddens' younger sister, Sarah, is also pregnant and expecting her baby about the same time.
"I can't wait," the guitar-playing Madden says. "This is the most exciting thing by far that's ever happened to our family as a whole. My mom's excited; she's gonna be a grandma -- twice. So it's gonna be great."
Madden says he's also expecting fatherhood and the relationship with Richie to make its mark on Joel's lyrics as well -- and not just result in a bunch of lullabies and gooey love songs. "He's such a sensitive guy," Madden explains, "and when it comes down to it, people just get to see one side of him. But knowing my brother, when he loves somebody, he really loves 'em with everything that he has, so I know that's gonna bring some great songs to our next record."
Madden isn't sure yet when that next record will be made, however. Good Charlotte is still touring in support of its fourth album, "Good Morning Revival," which has sold 174,000 copies since its March release, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The group is opening for Justin Timberlake through mid-September, then heads to Australia in October.
Madden says Good Charlotte would like to play in South America and make another swing through North America before the end of the year -- possibly shooting a concert DVD in the process.
But the Maddens are writing, and the band is already discussing where it wants to head next time out. "Some of us want to take things a little more rock," Benji says. "Joel wants to take things a little more dance. That's always good when you see your band get inspired."
The Maddens have been busy outside Good Charlotte, too. Benji appears on Ben Lee's new album, "Ripe," which comes out Sept. 4. And Dead Executives, the brothers' production team with Jason "Jay E" Epperson, has recently worked with Three 6 Mafia, Plies and Estonian singer Curly, a new signing to Island Def Jam.
"Good Charlotte always comes first," Benji notes, "but we never want to not be working. We've got our foot in the door just in the music industry as a whole. We love the fact we're getting some of these opportunities, and every time somebody gives us a chance we want them to be happy they chose to work with us."