Avril Lavigne‘s new LP won’t be out until September, but that’s not stopping people from talking about it already. So when Lavigne swung by VH1 HQ recently to talk about her new single, “Here’s To Never Growing Up,” we wanted to get the skinny on the rumored track that she recently cut with shock goth icon Marilyn Manson.
Whose name was Gossip‘s lead singer Beth Ditto calling out before she was arrested for disorderly conduct this weekend? Plus how is the great Dolly Parton getting involved with the digital age? This plus fan reactions to Queen B’s latest single in today’s Last Lap.
There are a few important factors that make hard rock and heavy metal music one of THE best genres in music:
1. Musicians who can head bang and hold a chord
2. The fans (that’s a no-brainer)
3. Facial Hair
I know you probably think we are crazy for even saying that, but can you imagine Ozzy Osbourne with a mustache like Tom Selleck? Zakk Wylde with a unibrow? Or maybe even KISS with ZZ Top beards? Strange right? (We can only imagine how long it would take to get the paint out.)
Last week on That Metal Show, we were joined by Steve Harris (Iron Maiden) and John 5 who brought nothing less than amazing riffs for the second week in a row as our guest musician. We also paid homage to the rockers with the best facial hair and counted down our TMS Top 5 Facial Hair in Rock with help from heavy metal rocker Marilyn Manson. Here’s our TMS Top 5 list of artists with the Best Facial Hair in Rock:
The VH1 Classic America’s Hard 100 Countdown Poll is nearing its end but we’ve still got more classic hard rock and heavy metal tunes that need sorting and we need your help! We’ve put together a list of 100 essential rockers but we need you to vote on them to let us know where they should fall in the America’s Hard 100 Countdown when it airs this November.
IMPORTANT NOTE: You can vote AS MANY TIMES and for AS MANY SONGS as you want, simply click on “Return To Poll” after your initial ballot. If your favorite hard rock jam is missing from today’s list please click on one of the previous days polls which are still open and keep checking back daily as we add new songs to new lists.
Today shock rocker Marilyn Manson’s “The Beautiful People” faces off against “Motorhead’s speed rock standard “Ace Of Spades,” unstoppable blooze rockers Aerosmith’s poetic power ballad “Dream On” and rabble-rousing rap-metal pioneers Rage Against The Machine’s “Bulls On Parade” among others.
Today in weirdsies: Marilyn Manson and Johnny Depp have teamed up to do a duet of Carly Simon‘s iconic song, “You’re So Vain.” The track will be on Manson’s forthcoming new album, Born Villain, due May 1st and we’re interested to see how the quirky yet unlikely pairing interpret the track. Can we look forward to a hyper-goth, twisted-electro version of the track? Or maybe some pure rock and roll? Or perhaps they’ll stay true to the original and play it with Simon’s original style?
You might also be surprised to note that Deep has a rich history of musical collaborations with huge stars, including playing guitar on Oasis‘ “Fade In-Out” and “Fade Away; playing guitar for the soundtracks of his movies Chocolat and Once Upon a Time in Mexico; appearing on Shane MacGowan‘s first solo album; as part of a band called P; as well as starring in Tom Petty‘s video for “Into The Great Wide Open”, The Lemonheads “It’s a Shame About Ray” video and Avril Lavigne‘s “Alice” video. And as for his pairing up with Manson, the coupling apparently isn’t so unlikely, with Manson having attended 3 of Depp’s recent movie premiers and even contributed “The Nobodies” to the From Hell soundtrack. Huh. Who woulda thunk it?
Rest easy, friends. Apparently there was some confusion over what was/wasn’t said by Marilyn Manson in a restaurant bathroom after a screening of his girlfriend Evan Rachel Wood’s new movie. Manson did NOT: ask for coke, ask for Adderral, or go into a stall with another person to take either of the substances illegally. Or so says a publicist for the film. But obviously we believe everything those publicists say. It’s their job!
Besides – Manson’s not into illegal drugs, he’s into illegal booze. The singer is now selling his own brand of absinthe, appropriately called Mansithe. Yes, apparently even with a clear, drug-free brain he couldn’t think of anything more creative to name his brand of the mysterious drink. Sexin’ up young ladies in blood will do that to you. [Image: Getty]
Evan Rachel Wood was once so normal, so “regular ol’ boring blond actress,” before she ventured into the darkness and started dating a man twice her age. Wood spoke out recently to GQ about her love affair with Marilyn Manson, and she sounds just like every other rebellious nineteen year old who’s crazy in love – just that she’s doing it with an creepy rocker dude in tight pants, lipstick and weird contact lenses.
On making the music video for Manson’s song “Heart-Shaped Glasses,” which features the couple knocking boots – or pretending really well: “We made it for each other. I just wanted to show that it?s okay to have different, weird ideas about romance. At the end of the video, we?re kissing and it?s raining blood?and for me, that was one of the most romantic moments of my entire life.”
On the choices she’s making in her life: “I?m really just being me and growing up. And I?m sorry if I have blond hair and blue eyes and my boyfriend looks like a vampire. What do you want me to do about it?” [Us Weekly. Image: Getty]
Errrr…We don’t want you to do anything. Sorry to bug you, Miss Sassy Pants. We’re just gonna go wander outside now and wait for it to start raining blood.
Keyboard player Stephen Bier is laying a big-ass suit today on the shock rocker and his managers, accusing Manson of squandering away money owed to Bier and his band-mates on some bizarre buys. In an email to Page Six, Bier’s lawyer alleges that the millions of dollars the band earned together were instead spent by Manson on “sick and disturbing purchases of Nazi memorabilia and taxidermy (including the skeleton of a young Chinese girl).” In addition, the rocker blew the money on a massive home, an enormous engagement ring for now ex-wife Dita Von Teese, and their extravagant wedding in Ireland. It makes sense that all those things would cost a ton, but what is the price tag on a skeleton? And is there any reason at all to buy it? Splurging makes a lot more sense when it’s on bling, not bones. [NY Post. Image: Getty]
After months of relative silence on her relationship with the man she refers to simply as "Manson," Evan Rachel Wood has finally revealed what caused the two to come together, ignore current relationships, multi-decade age differences and the court of public opinion: Eyeliner. While some women cite such fickle requirements as desiring their men to be gainfully employed or disease free, Wood explains in the August issue of British Elle that her men bring the kohl. "If you’ve ever dated me, then you would have ended up wearing eyeliner at some point. All my boyfriends have." Wood goes on to call Manson "crazy," the highest compliment the starlet could pay, and contrary to her being made into a doppelganger of Manson’s ex-wife Dita Von Teese, insists that she’s "finding herself."