Good Charlotte Goes Dr. Rhythm, Ends Search For Drummer

By | April 1, 2003 at 12:00 AM

After nearly three years, Good Charlotte has ended their search for a permanent drummer. After the departure of their original drummer, Aaron Escolopio (now playing in Wakefield), Good Charlotte have fielded two touring drummers (Dusty Brill and Chris Wilson), and a host of guest drummers from bands such as The Vandals, Vroom, Mest, and Autopilot Off.

The search is finally over, and Good Charlotte has decided to take a DR-3 Dr. Rhythm drum machine with them on the 2003 Civic Tour with New Found Glory.

“It’s a great little machine,” said Good Charlotte’s guitarist and songwriter, Benji Madden. “I’ve been using it to lay down beats while writing some new songs for our next album, and I thought ‘hey, we could use this on tour!’.”

“Plus, we don’t have to pay it anything,” adds Good Charlotte’s vocalist, Joel Madden. “I’ll have extra money for Star Wars action figures.”

Prompted as to why it has taken so long to find a permanent drummer, Benji said, “We’ve been looking for a drummer for a long time, and I think Dr. Rhythm is a great addition to our band. It always sounds great and we don’t have to worry about it not being nice to our fans.”

“Yeah, ’cause our fans are the most important thing to us”, adds Joel.

When the other members of the band were asked about their new bandmate, guitarist Billy Martin said, “I’m just glad there’s another vegetarian in the band. I know Benji says he’s a vegetarian, but I knows he sneaks off at night for a mouthful of sausage – and Tony, that guy from Mest, I know he encourages him.”

“I didn’t know until you asked me about it,” said a surprised Paul Thomas. “I was wondering what that thing was doing on the floor. But whatever. What do I know? I’m just the bass player.”

Good Charlotte Hits The Road With New Found Glory For The 2003 Civic Tour On April 8.

  • April 08 – Grand Forks, ND – Alerus Center
  • April 09 – Minneapolis, MN – Target Center
  • April 10 – Chicago, IL – UIC Pavilion
  • April 11 – Milwaukee, WI – The Rave / Eagles Ballroom
  • April 12 – Detroit, MI – Cobo Arena
  • April 13 – Grand Rapids, MI – DeltaPlex
  • April 15 – Indianapolis, IN – Pepsi Coliseum
  • April 16 – Dayton, OH – Hara Arena
  • April 17 – Pittsburgh, PA – Petersen Events Center
  • April 18 – Cleveland, OH – Tower City Amphitheatre
  • April 19 – Mississauga, ON – Arrow Hall
  • April 21 – Hershey, PA – Giant Center
  • April 22 – Rochester, NY – Blue Cross Arena
  • April 24 – Worcester, MA – Worcester’s Centrum Centre
  • April 25 – Portland, ME – Cumberland Civic Ctr.
  • April 26 – Hartford, CT – Hartford Civic Center
  • April 27 – Loudonville, NY – Siena College
  • April 30 – Poughkeepsie, NY – James J. McCann Ctr. – Marist Col.
  • May 01 – Hampton, VA – Hampton Coliseum
  • May 02 – Philadelphia, PA – First Union Spectrum
  • May 03 – Holmdel, NJ – P.N.C. Bank Arts Center
  • May 04 – Fairfax, VA – Patriot Center
  • May 06 – Charlotte, NC – Cricket Arena
  • May 07 – Duluth, GA – Arena – Gwinnett Center
  • May 08 – Greenville, SC – Timmons Arena
  • May 10 – Sunrise, FL – Office Depot Center
  • May 11 – Tampa, FL – USF Sun Dome
  • May 13 – Orlando, FL – TD Waterhouse Centre
  • May 14 – Birmingham, AL – Boutwell Auditorium
  • May 15 – New Orleans, LA – State Palace Theatre
  • May 16 – Houston, TX – Reliant Arena
  • May 17 – Dallas, TX – Smirnoff Music Centre
  • May 18 – San Antonio, TX – Sunken Garden Amph.
  • May 20 – St. Louis, MO – Family Arena
  • May 21 – Kansas City, MO – City Market
  • May 22 – Lincoln, NE – Pershing Auditorium
  • May 23 – Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre
  • May 26 – Seattle, WA – Seahawk Stadium
  • May 27 – Portland, OR – Memorial Coliseum
  • May 28 – Boise, ID – Bank Of America Centre
  • May 29 – West Valley, UT – E Center
  • May 30 – Las Vegas, NV – Cox Pavilion
  • May 31 – San Jose, CA – Event Center Arena
  • June 01 – Bakersfield, CA – Centennial Garden
  • June 03 – Mesa, AZ – Mesa Amphitheatre
  • June 04 – Irvine, CA – Bren Events Center
  • June 05 – Santa Barbara, CA – Santa Barbara Bowl
  • June 06 – San Diego, CA – Cox Arena
  • June 07 – Universal City, CA – Universal Amphitheatre

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