Benji and Joel Madden arrive at Sydney DJ set on a boat
Benji and Joel Madden hit Sydney’s Simmer in the Sun for and exclusive BlackBerry Curve DJ set. It was a rare treat and their entrance was a cracker.
You know you’re a full-blown rock star when you arrive to an event on a jet boat. That’s exactly what Benji and Joel Madden did before last night’s BlackBerry Curve DJ set in Sydney. Just as the rain started to fall on expectant faces, the twin brothers sped across the harbor.
The crowd gathered at Simmer in the Sun was a mix of celebrities, BlackBerry fanatics and Good Charlotte fans. There was nothing fake about THAT entrance though; Joel Madden agreed.
"We're glad to be back. All our lives we’ve wanted to make a big entrance like that and we got to do it tonight in Sydney”. "We got to ride up on a boat because we wanted to look really rich – and Benji is wearing sunglasses at night if that means anything to you!”
It’s hard to knock Good Charlotte band members; especially those in those sitting so high up on music world throne’s. The Americans are the most ‘papped’ thing in Sydney right now; it’s no wonder they need the extra protection.
Things aren’t all Rock’n’roll these days though. Joel recently became a father for the second time round; but we spared him the dad questions and tackled Benji’s uncle duties instead;
"It's my favourite thing in life, I love being an uncle; it's the greatest thing ever. I get to do all the fun stuff; that's the greatest thing about it right? You don't have to do any of the work."
As the twins settled down to chat to Nova’s James Kerley and Handy Cam, talk turned back to the benefits of a boating lifestyle: “Boats and hos. Hos and boats”. The best kind of boat? Well, that one’s obvious… ”Boats with hos on them”. The night however, wasn’t all about water sports. After a quick meet and greet, the brothers hit the decks in the jam-packed venue.
“We’re gonna make people dance and get drunk”.
The booze most certainly flowed (wine and Jaeger ran out… lifestyle of the rich and famous hey?) and the tunes followed suit. Standouts included Placebo’s cover of Kate Bush “Running Up That Hill” Nine Inch Nails’ “Closer” and a dash of Australia with silverchair’s “Straight Lines”. The nautical theme came up again with The Lonely Island's "I'm on a Boat" and Jay-Z and Alicia Keys "Empire State of Mind" brought with it a touch of home. The only downfall was a somewhat reserved crowd; what is it with the Aussies? Most mingled more than they danced (where’s Paris Hilton when you need her).
On the upside, the intimacy of the event provided a rare opportunity for revelers to get close to two international stars. Phones held high, the fans snapped, tweeted and texted about their moment in Madden set time. Fire twirling bar men went to work in the background and the brothers took turns chatting to individual crown members. Relaxed, non-pretentious and harbourside – just the way a party should be.
We couldn’t leave without asking whether they’ve ever thought of getting Lionel on the decks.
“He’d be a good DJ for sexy time… or when everyone in the building becomes a woman and starts taking off their clothes.”
Unfortunately, the party didn’t reach that point of debauchery. Then again, what happens on a boat stays on the boat, right?