IRVINE, California — Good Charlotte are still deciding whether to put out a fourth single from The Young and the Hopeless, but if so, the band has selected "Hold On."
"It's my favorite song on the record," Benji Madden said backstage at Saturday's KROQ Weenie Roast. "I think it's sort of an anti-suicide song. It's about coping with life, and we feel like if we were to put out another single, we would want to put out a song that would actually maybe help people. So that'd probably be the best bet."
Benji, brother Joel and the rest of the band are hesitant to overstretch their breakthrough album, but the guys will be touring through the year, which sort of calls for a follow-up to "Girls and Boys," which was released in the spring (see "Good Charlotte Duck Blonde Barbies, Seek To Moonlight As Producers, A&R Guys"). An itinerary has not yet been announced for Good Charlotte's headlining fall tour, which they'll launch after spending the summer in Europe and Japan.
"It's coming together right now," Joel Madden said. "We don't really have any bands together yet, but we have a lot of people that we love that we're probably going to ask. It's going to go back around the United States and then that'll be it. One more time the kids will get to hang out and we'll all have fun, and then we'll go away for awhile and make another record."
At Saturday's festival, the Madden twins performed acoustic because guitarist Billy Martin had to attend a wedding (see "Pink Teams With Transplants, Good Charlotte Unplug For Weenie Roast").
"That's how we write most of our songs — us in a room, writing with a guitar, but we've never done that like this," Joel said. "But it's cool. It's pretty different."
"They were surprised at first," Benji said of the crowd. "But I think they ended up liking it."