Joel and Benji Madden.
Soundwave promoter AJ Maddah has played down his ugly Twitter war with Good Charlotte's Joel Madden as a "playground grudge" and called an online petition for the Madden brothers to be removed from Australia "a nonsense".
"I spoke at length with Joel yesterday and he's a genuine guy," Maddah exclusively told Fairfax. Maddah said both men had used the word "sorry".
Music website musicfeeds.com.au published several abusive tweets from Maddah's account @iamnotshouting yesterday morning directed at the Maddens. Joel Madden eventually responded, tweeting: "i don't mind you hating us but Encouraging other people to hate us? Keep talking shit brother it suits you".
'I don't think I should have judged them,' says promoter AJ Maddah (above). Photo: Dave O'Dwyer
Maddah replied, again on Twitter, by raising an alleged incident in 2004 when he claimed the Maddens had once joked about a young female teenage fan's weight.
Maddah also tweeted an abusive message about the Maddens' involvement in a KFC advertising campaign after previously being spokesmen for animal rights group PETA.
"I want to bring fans and artists together and I have a certain expectation of mutual respect," Maddah told Fairfax. "But I guess I caught them on a day they were not at their best. They were tired and cranky and I get tired and cranky too.
"It's over now but at the end of the day I don't think I should have judged them. Bands are full of larger-than-life characters and you can forget that [at the time] these were 23-year-old kids. We all get older and wiser."
Maddah says he has no involvement in the petition, which was posted by musicfeeds.com.au on Monday with the hashtag #goodriddancegoodcharlotte.
"The petition was a joke, a nonsense," Maddah says. "It wasn't mine anyway."
Maddah said he had previously been "unreceptive" to having Good Charlotte play at one of his festivals – he promotes Soundwave, which kicks off a five-city tour in Brisbane on February 23, and also Harvest. But after speaking to Joel Madden, he said he'd be open to it.