Joel Madden makes peace with angry festival boss
Good Charlotte rocker Joel Madden has reached out to an angry Australian festival organiser to make peace after he blasted the singer in a scathing online rant.
AJ Maddah, founder of the famous Soundwave music festival Down Under, launched a vicious online attack on Madden this week, accusing him of treating his fans badly and blasting him for his role as Australia's spokesman for fast food chain KFC.
He wrote in a series of posts on Twitter.com, "Do you remember looking at your fans clutching your albums and shirt at Perth airport... and saying 'What the f**k do these people want from us?' & 'Wish they'd just f**k off'... Do you recall making fun of a 12/13yr (sic) old girl that was crying because she met you and (you were) telling fat jokes about her?... I despair that you have so much disdain for fans to whom you owe your career... Your total lack of integrity and humanity is simply staggering."
News of the online storm soon reached Madden, who works Down Under as a judge on Australian reality TV show The Voice, and prompted him to call Maddah.
He later explained they had put the feud behind them, writing in a post on Twitter, "I called AJ & we spoke. He's been upset for 10 years and I'm glad we talked about it and that we squashed it (because) I respect him & Soundwave..."
Maddah added, "Just spoke to Joel Madden for the 1st time in 10 years. We've cleared the air... We're good... We talked it out. I am ready to move on... We're grown men now, as opposed to 10 years ago when we were both kids!... He did something dumb to a fan 10 years ago. I judged him based on that. Turns out he is a good guy who had a bad day."