Daily Rock Dish - 1/30/13
1/30/2013 8:10:00 AM
--Marilyn Manson Suing Woman For Fake Engagement, Harassment
Marilyn Manson wasn't very happy to learn he was engaged. According to "The Hollywood Reporter," the rocker is suing Yolanda Tharpe for leading a "months-long campaign of defamation and harassment." Manson insists he doesn't know Tharpe, yet she allegedly announced publicly that they were engaged. He claims she even gave TMZ.com a cease and desist letter sent by Manson's attorneys in an effort to perpetuate her story. When Manson demanded Tharpe take down her online engagement announcement, she obliged. But she also accused him of being "pro-Nazi" and not wanting to be seen with African-American women like her. Now, Manson is seeking 50-thousand dollars in a number of causes of action including unlawful use of his name, intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress, and more.
--Soundgarden Debuts New Dave Grohl-Directed Video
Dave Grohl's second directorial venture has officially hit the internet. After helming the new documentary "Sound City," the Foo Fighters frontman got back in the director's chair for the video to Soundgarden's latest single, "By Crooked Steps." The clip for the "Animal Kingdom" track debuted on the band's website this week. It features Chris Cornell and the rest of the group suited up in leather jackets and cruising the streets on their Segways. They eventually make their way to a club, where they shut down a laptop DJ and take the stage themselves. After the gig the guys hop back on their Segways, but are soon caught by a police officer played by EDM star Deadmau5 [[ dead mouse ]]. Fans can catch Soundgarden's "By Crooked Steps" video now at SoundgardenWorld.com.
--Lenny Kravitz Releases Documentary About Latest Album
Lenny Kravitz is looking back on his album "Black and White America" as well as his life up to that point in a new documentary. "Looking Back on Love" follows the rocker during his time in the Bahamas recording the 2011 set. But in addition to the behind-the-scenes footage, the doc also features extensive interviews with Kravitz about his family and personal life. Some of the topics include what the juxtaposition in the title "Black and White America" means to him, and the similarities between Kravitz and President Obama. Both come from interracial families, and Lenny reflects on everything his parents -- Sy Kravitz and "The Jeffersons" actress Roxie Roker -- had to go through to be together. "Looking Back on Love" is available on iTunes now, and Kravitz says he's honored to share a time that he "will always cherish."
--Tom Keifer Unveils First Single From Debut Solo Album
Cinderella frontman Tom Keifer is unveiling the first single from his upcoming solo album. He debuted "The Flower Song" on USAToday.com. The singer says the song is "about how unbelievable it is that you're able to find that one person that's perfect for you." Tom adds that while the song is "obviously" told from the guy's perspective, he thinks "it's true for both men and women: When you find that one person, it's a miracle." He teamed up with former Survivor frontman Jim Peterik to write the song. Keifer's debut solo album, "The Way Life Goes," which the rocker began in 2003, will finally arrive in stores on April 30th.
--Former Anthrax Guitarist Explains Departure, Shares Plans
Former Anthrax guitarist Rob Caggiano is shedding more light on why he left the group. The rocker tells ProSoundNetwork.com that he had "a blast playing with those guys," and he'll always consider the group "family." He adds that he "wouldn't change a thing" about the 12 years he spent with the band. But he says being in Anthrax put severe limits on his creativity -- and not by his choosing -- which left him questioning why he was devoting so much time and energy to "a band where being creative is impossible" for him. Rob explains being in Anthrax "simply stopped making sense a while ago," and he "ended up feeling very unhappy and unfulfilled." He says that when he realized he was "just going through the motions," he knew he had to "make a major change" and leave the band "in order to make things right."
Caggiano's post-Anthrax plans include doing more work as a producer. He explains that he's "always been enamored with recording studios and the whole recording process," and calls producing his "other passion." While in Anthrax Rob worked as a producer for a number of acts, including Cradle of Filth, The Damned Things, and Jesse Malin.
--Goo Goo Dolls Unveil First Single From New Album
Goo Goo Dolls frontman John Rzeznik [[ REZ-nik ]] says the band's cheerful new single "Rebel Beat" won't feel out of place on their forthcoming album, "Magnetic." The set is due out May 7th, and Rzeznik tells "Billboard" it's the result of trying to have fun and make a record at the same time. He says he's been in a "really great" headspace lately, which helped make "Magnetic" much more positive than the Goo Goo Dolls' previous effort, 2010's "Something For the Rest of Us." This time around, Rzeznik and his bandmates finished each song on the album after it was written, rather than spending months at a time in the studio finishing a pile of demos. Rzeznik says the new method made the mood "a lot lighter" and helped them all enjoy the process more.
--Music On TV
Bad Religion takes the stage on NBC's "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon," while Ben Folds Five performs on tonight's episode of "Conan" on TBS.
Genesis singer-drummer Phil Collins is 62.
Jefferson Airplane frontman Marty Balin is 71.
The Commodores' William King is 64.
Former Cure drummer Andy Anderson is 62.
--Today In Rock History
Elvis Presley recorded "Blue Suede Shoes."
The Beatles performed in public for the very last time. The group played "Get Back" on top of the Apple headquarters building in Central London while filming their movie "Let It Be."
Led Zeppelin's "Immigrant Song" peaked at number 16 on the pop singles chart.
Janis Joplin's "Me and Bobby McGee" was released posthumously.
Kiss played its first concert at the Coventry Club in Queens, New York.
David Lee Roth's single "Just Like Paradise" broke into the Top 40 chart.
The original members of the Jefferson Airplane, along with Country Joe McDonald and John Sebastian, took part in a Pepsi ad spoofing rock reunion concerts. The spot ran during the Super Bowl.
Led Zeppelin won the International Artists Award at the American Music Awards.
Virgin Megastores in the UK credited John Lydon's participation in the British series "I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here" for boosting sales of the Sex Pistols CD "Never Mind the Bollocks" by 20-percent.