The always entertaining and well-spoken shock rocker Marilyn Manson made his ‘That Metal Show’ debut last night (Dec. 10), dressed in all black, of course. Manson wasn’t even on stage for two minutes before he began speaking about, uh, “entertaining” two girls at once and reverse erectile dysfunction. He was also sipping a glass of absinthe; he has his own brand of the liquor, called “Mansinthe.” Never a dull or non-subversive moment with Marilyn Manson.
Green Day have been busy lately. In addition to filling in for Jane’s Addiction at the Not So Silent Night gig in their native Nor Cal on Dec. 9, since Jane’s had to bail due to a severe illness that has befallen a member of Stephen Perkins’ family, the band also wished Metallica a happy 30th anniversary in the most creative of fashions. Forget a generic Hallmark greeting card or an e card. Green Day sent their fellow Nor Cal statesmen a musical video – a cover of the Misfits‘ ‘Hybrid Moments.’
Queens of the Stone Age, who last released an album in 2007 in the form of ‘Era Vulgaris’ and whose frontman and lead guitarist Josh Homme went on to moonlight in Them Crooked Vultures with Dave Grohl and John Paul Jones, are creeping back into action.
Dustin Hengst, drummer of the defunct power pop/pop punk band Damone, has died at age 39. Hengst, who also manned the kit for Bleu, passed away on Dec. 9. He had been in a hospital in his home state of Texas for approximately three weeks, as his liver had shut down, become non-functional and took a toll on his body. While his death was a bit sudden, he did suffer through a myriad of health issues throughout his life.
The Darkness will once again land on U.S. soil in February, with quirky six-piece Foxy Shazam riding sidecar. There’s a flurry of activity surrounding Foxy Shazam, including the Jan. 24 release of their new album, ‘The Church of Rock and Roll.’ The stars have certainly aligned for the band, as the album release date times perfectly with this high-profile tour. So fans of experimental, forward-thinking rock better get ready to worship at this particular ‘Church.’
Wayne Static will bring his solo evil disco act on the road this winter. The singer/guitarist has just announced a batch of dates that will take him all over the U.S. beginning in late January and wrapping at the end of February. Static is braving the cold, all in the name of rock, so be sure to check out his show if it hits your town.
Metallica are behaving like Santa this holiday season, generously doling out previously unreleased songs from the ‘Death Magnetic’ sessions. They are essentially sonic presents! The latest new-yet-old song is ‘Hell and Back,’ which dropped last night after the band performed the song at its third (of four) anniversary show underplays for fan club members at the Fillmore in San Francisco. It’s ‘Tallica’s 30th birthday but they are the one gifting fans with songs.
The lineup for the second annual DimeBash has been announced. The show is a tribute to the late, great guitarist Dimebag Darrell Abbott, who tragically was gunned down seven years ago today, Dec. 8, in Ohio while doing what he loved most: playing guitar. He was performing with his post-Pantera band Damageplan when a disturbed fan opened fire at close range and shot him.
Zakk Wylde is a guitar deity. He’s also a good sport, as he has agreed to be the roastee for Guitar World’s first-ever Rock ‘n’ Roll Roast. Wylde will sit in the hot seat and be subjected to good-natured barbs from fellow rockers, like his former boss Ozzy Osbourne, as well as Anthrax‘s Scott Ian and Slipknot / Stone Sour vocalist Corey Taylor.
Latin pop star Shakira — in case you are not familiar, she sings that ubiquitous ‘Hips Don’t Lie’ song that your girlfriend probably liked — is a rocker at heart. You have more in common with the pint-size pop star than you might think. In a recent Google Music interview, the lovely and talented Shakira confessed to being a huge Metallica fan.
Megadeth guru Dave Mustaine was the lead guest on last night’s episode of ‘That Metal Show’ (Dec. 3). He spoke about having to have neck surgery, which almost cost the band its appearance at the Big Four show in New York in September. Mustaine soldiered on with the heart of a champion and played through the pain. He has had the surgery, is feeling better and even showed the scar last night. How metal!
Darren Aronofsky, the director of redemption-themed, Oscar-nominated films such as ‘The Wrestler’ and ‘Black Swan,’ got behind the camera to shoot the video for the Lou Reed and Metallica single ‘The View.’ While the Loutallica collaboration, which yielded the ‘Lulu’ album, has been the subject of much criticism and even lower sales, Aronofsky breathed new artistic life into the project with this visually arresting black and white video.
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