Proud Papa Joel Madden Blogs About ‘Beautiful Little Baby’

Good Charlotte singer Joel Madden checked in with fans on his blog at DCMA Collective on Monday (January 14), following news that his girlfriend Nicole Richie gave birth to their first child over the weekend. Joel writes:


Well I am finally home with my beautiful girlfriend and our brand new little daughter. Harlow Winter Kate Madden was born on January 11th 2008 at 3:13pm. She weighed in at 6 pounds and 7 ounces. She is 19 inches long and growing everyday already! She really is a wonderful addition to the GC/DCMA/DEADEXEC family. We are so blessed to have this beautiful little baby in our lives. I want to thank everyone for all the love and kind words they’ve sent our way. We apologize we weren’t accepting and gifts/cards/calls at the hospital, but if you’d like to send something, we’d rather you make a donation to the Richie-Madden Foundation, which we started in Harlow Winter’s honor. She looks so much like her mom its crazy! She eats like a little maniac and she’s really sweet. She barely ever cries, even when daddy is changing her diaper, and believe me I suck when it comes to diapers, but I’m learning! I can’t wait to show off some pictures, until then, THANKS!! and GOD BLESS… Joel

Frankie Banali: Quiet Riot Will Never Carry On With New Singer

Quiet Riot drummer Frankie Banali checked in with fans on his official web site on Monday (January 14) with the following message:

I have been approached to see if I would be interested in contacting Rudy Sarzo and Carlos Cavazo and to audition singers for QUIET RIOT.

I have also been approached to see if I would be interested in contacting and re-forming the version of QUIET RIOT that included Paul Shortino, Carlos Cavazo and Sean McNabb.

Let me make this very simple and perfectly clear. While I am still actively involved in the business interests of QUIET RIOT and will continue in that capacity, I reject any and all suggestions to have QUIET RIOT continue as a live performing entity.

My friendship, love and respect for Kevin DuBrow as well as my personal love and affection for Kevin’s mother and his family makes it inconceivable for me to ever entertain any ovation to reform or to continue QUIET RIOT. Kevin was too important to go on without him. It would also be a disrespect to the fans who have supported QUIET RIOT for nearly 25 years.

I thank everyone for the wonderful and sometimes unpredictable adventure that I was able to share as a member of QUIET RIOT. The only regret that I have is the loss of Kevin. May he rest in peace.

I now begin life after QUIET RIOT.

Frankie Banali

Tarja Turunen Avoids Repeating Past Sounds On Solo Debut caught up with former Nightwish singer Tarja Turunen for a Q&A, where she talked about providing fans a different sound than her past on the solo album ‘My Winter Storn’. “I didn’t want to repeat something that I had done before; it’s quite a different album, and it could have been easy for me to repeat things from the past,” she said. “I definitely took some elements from the past of course, but I wanted to make an album that really presents me as a person.”

Asked whether that change made her wonder if she might be alienating Nightwish fans, Turunen said, “Of course it’s going to be something new for many fans because it’s not a heavy metal album, so in a way it was a brave step to take but I was never really thinking about that in the process of making the album as it was the passion that drove me, not thinking about what kind of album I should be making in order to please the people. I think that when I am making music, if I can be really happy with it and get my message across, then that is the most important thing.”

Silverstein Are Loving Their Third Album ‘Arrivals & Departures’

Silverstein vocalist Shane Told was putting the full-on pitch for the Burlington, Ontario emo band’s third album ‘Arrivals & Departures’ in an interview with Beat magazine. “We’re all simply big fans of this new record that we’ve put out,” Told, uh, told Gav Ross. “There are a lot of songs that we feel are destined to be classic songs for us. When a record first comes out it takes a little while for people to learn the lyrics and they don’t know it as well; it always takes a while for people to warm up to it. When it first came out we played maybe two (tracks) from ‘Arrivals & Departures’ and now we play most of them. Kids yell out for them and know all the words and love ’em. I think we’re playing for about an hour each night – so 13 or 14 songs all up.”

With the disc, Told said the band followed the same formula as their first two efforts, their 2003 debut ‘When Broken Is Easily Fixed’ and its 2005 follow-up ‘Discovering the Waterfront’. “We’ve got together and written songs – what’s come out has come out,” he said. “It is put to tape and that’s what it is, you know? We don’t talk to one another and say ‘let’s make a mature record’ or ‘let’s make a super heavy or poppy record’, you know? That is never talked about. We’ve just made them all the same way so the progression has been natural. Maybe for the next one we’ll decide to be more deliberate, I don’t know at this point. We might very well set out to make a certain type of record from the start.”

Marilyn Manson: Tour With Twiggy Will Spawn Another Record

Marilyn Manson tells that watching Led Zeppelin’s reunion was what inspired him to invite Twiggy Ramirez back to the band after a nearly six year absence. “The turning point for me was when I went to see Led Zeppelin’s reunion show, and I saw Jimmy Page and Robert Plant look at each other for a moment, and they probably said, ‘Holy sh**, we wrote ‘Stairway To Heaven’.’ I wanted that look again,” Manson explained. “I want to look at Twiggy and go ‘Holy sh**, we wrote ‘The Beautiful People’.’ I called him and I said ‘Let’s go do this.'”

Manson added that the pair had some unfinished business. “We started music together because we wanted to bring about the apocalypse, and we realized we didn’t finish,” Manson explained. “The world could suffer much more if we were together again, and we really wanted to bring back the suffering.”

While the original announcement was vague as to whether Twiggy would remain on beyond a tour, Manson hopes to write a new album with him eventually. “The concept originally of he and I getting back together was ‘Let’s write some music together,'” Manson told Daniel Kreps. “But life’s too short, and this has to happen now because we couldn’t stand not being on stage with each other, and wouldn’t want to wait until we made another record to tour. So this tour will spawn another record, one hundred percent.”

It’s A Girl For Joel Madden And Nicole Richie

Good Charlotte singer Joel Madden is celebrating being a father after his girlfriend Nicole Richie gave birth to a baby girl at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles on Friday (January 11). The girl was given the name Harlow Winter Kate Madden and came out at six-pounds, seven-ounces.

Simple Plan ‘Crazy’ Acoustic Video

Footage of Simple Plan performing an acoustic version of their ‘Still Not Getting Any…’ release ‘Crazy’ inside the High Street Kensington tube station in London, England has been posted online. The open guitar cases in front of the band would suggest they were busking. YouTube has since removed the video.

Hatebreed’s Jasta On Split From Roadrunner

Hatebreed frontman Jamey Jasta spoke with Revolver magazine about the band’s split with Roadrunner Records following the release of ‘Supremacy’ in 2006. “They had a bunch of people on their label, and we felt we didn’t get the publicity push that we deserved for our last record,” he explained. “We realized we need to go to a place where we can be the big fish in the small pond. But ultimately there’s no hard feelings; the split was good on both sides.”

As for the Connecticut metalcore group’s efforts to find another label, he revealed, “Well, first we’re gonna do a separate deal for our DVD. There’s always been so much red tape with DVDs, and we want to make sure we do it right. We’re actually recording the majority of the footage over Christmas break during my label’s annual Stillborn Fest. I’m hoping for a May or June 2008 DVD release.”

It’s Now All Rainbows And Sunshine For Deftones

Chino Moreno spoke with Kerrang! magazine about the progress of the songwriting sessions for Deftones’ new album. Asked if the tensions within the band on their previous album were an issue this time around, he responded, “There were lots of problems on the last album, definitely. The way we were working meant that communication in the band wasn’t very strong. That’s changed now that we’ve shifted our approach. Making that last record was seriously unhealthy experience. It just dragged on without much direction. Even the idea of the record was just to make something vague, and that’s pretty much what we did. I liked it, but when we focus and work together, it’s a lot better.”

As for how the band’s members have improved their relationship, Moreno said, “Over the last few years, a lot of the band members have had a few problems — divorces, money problems, life — and it has just been an unhappy time. We’ve all come out of that now. I hate to talk like it’s all rainbows and sunshine over here, but it is!”

Slash Visits ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’

Former Guns N’ Roses and current Velvet Revolver guitarist Slash visited ABC’s ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ in Hollywood on Wednesday (January 9) to promote his memoir ‘Slash’.

If he’s been asked, ‘Why did you write that about me’ or ‘why did you reveal that?’:
“There’s a story in there about James [Hetfield] from Metallica and I don’t talk to him. I took it upon myself to include the story about him in my hotel room one night. And I’m wondering – because I know he’s married with kids and all this, and I’m hoping he doesn’t come after me.”

On the medical device in his chest:
“That’s from drinking, okay. But the doctor put that in this, a safety precaution in case I ended up in the hospital for alcohol poisoning. And I had a condition called cardiomyopathy, which basically they told me you have six weeks to six months to live. That was it. I managed to get through that. This was a few years back. Rick James died from the same thing. He called me, he said, ‘You know, how do I deal with this?’ You’re going to have to stop doing what you’re doing. And he couldn’t stop. And it killed him. So I did, I stopped drinking for about a year and whatnot. But they said if – in case you go down this path again, this will be a physical warning and it will straighten you out.”

On Aerosmith’s role in nixing any potential BMX career:
“Guns N’ Roses was opening for Aerosmith, I think this was in 1988 or ’89. I used to take my bike on the road and Aerosmith had one of the cool stages with the ramps that go up and around the back of the drums and all this kind of stuff. So I take my bike up there and I’d jump off the ramps and jump off the stage and in the seats and do – all with a bottle of vodka in one hand. Then three weeks into the tour, all of a sudden, one morning I went to get my bike off the truck and I want disappeared. It was gone. Where’d my bike go? Nobody ever told me, I figured out they took it… I think the Aerosmith people said, you know that’s a risk. If the band – because we were selling a lot of tickets for Aerosmith at that point. And if something happened, the tour would have been canceled. So they said common sense take the bike away. I was too drunk to really realize it was gone and I just moved on, you know?”

His relationship with Axl Rose:
“We have not spoke, no. You never know. I don’t have a crystal ball to foresee the future, but as fate will have it we’ll end up in the same room or maybe never. He’s not crazy. He has his own way of looking at things. That’s basically it. I have a genuine affection for the guy that will always be there. But we also hit some very rocky roads along the way and stuff. So I can’t say I necessarily miss him. But he was a really interesting, great musician. He was great to hang out with and all that kind of stuff so it’s regrettable that we ended up going off in such a negative – on such a negative note. I can’t say at, you know, I sit around going, God I miss him. I don’t think he probably would do the same for me, but we had some really cool times together, so I don’t hate him.”