Five or so years ago, when its sophomore album “The Young & the Hopeless” was a triple-platinum smash, Good Charlotte got attention for its music. But these days the spotlight is mostly shining on frontman Joel Madden’s relationship with Nicole Richie — who gave birth to their daughter, Harlow, in January.
That could be distracting, but guitarist Benji Madden, Joel’s twin brother, says it is indeed all good.
“I think they both influence each other in really great ways,” says Madden, 29, who was born Benjamin Combs. “I’ve seen Joel turn into such a good ... He was always a great guy. But to watch him grow up a little and just become the man that he is makes me really proud. And she has a lot to do with it. She’s one of my best friends now.”
And Madden reports that the “unexpected little plus” of the relationship is having Richie’s father, longtime hitmaker and onetime Motown star Lionel Richie, be part of the family.
“He’s such a great guy,” Madden says. “He just gives a lot of positivity into any atmosphere he’s in. To have someone who’s had so much success, yet he’s remained such a good, warm person, it’s been really cool to get to spend some time with him.
“So we’re lucky for that, too, and I think Joel will find it really valuable through the years to have such a guy like that to look up to.”
The Soundtrack of Your Summer tour, featuring Good Charlotte and Boys Like Girls, plays at 7 p.m. Thursday (Aug. 7) at the Fillmore Detroit, 2115 Woodward Ave. Tickets are $25 or $18.75 in a four-pack. Call (313) 961-5450 or visit www.livenation. com.
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