Shock Mansion: What’s up Joel, how are you?
Joel Madden: Good man, how are you?
Shock Mansion: Yeah I’m really well thanks dude. To kick this off, can you give us an idea of what a normal day in the life of the Madden Brothers is like when your on tour?
Joel Madden: Usually we are on some kind of tour bus, you get up whenever you get up and depending on what kind of night you had depends on what you need to do that morning. Shower, find a bathroom, finding coffee on tour can be a little bit of a challenge sometimes. Me and my brother train a lot, we have been doing that for the last 2 years so we’d get up every day and train. We’d run, hit the pads, boxing and that kind of stuff. Usually after all of that it’s the evening and we start to get ready for our show, have a drink or something, eat and hang out and get ourselves into show mode. After the show, party all night.
Shock Mansion: What did you do to put food on the table before your music career took off?
Joel Madden: I worked pretty much any job I could, I lost a lot of jobs because I was always having to take off with the band for shows. I’ve painted houses, landscaping, I worked in shipping and receiving unloading trucks for big bookstores like Borders. That was pretty much the worst job I’ve ever had. I remember when I was working that job I would show up to work at around 7am, work til 4pm and then go straight to another job, waiting tables, that was the shittiest time of my life. For some reason the bosses I had were really hard on me, but hey, whatever. Back at that time me and Benji were living in an apartment together, we were trying to not only pay rent, but help our mom a bit, pay for the band and record demos, shit like that.