Stone Temple Fired
As we were teetering off the fiscal cliff last week, an inexplicably large amount of people were concerned about just one American who lost his job. News that Scott Weiland (who The Huffington Post dared to call “iconic”) had been fired from Stone Temple Pilots got way more play online than it deserved, giving some credence to Weiland’s claim that it was all a publicity stunt to drum up tickets sales for his current solo tour. Pouring salt into the wound — after Weiland’s firing, Eddie Vedder called to ask for his voice back.
Moz to Kimmel: Go Duck Yourself
He used to do it in song, but now former Smiths frontman Morrissey seems intent on merely letting his public actions and statements inform the world that he will never, ever be happy.
The animal rights activist and militant vegan drew headlines when he bailed on a Jimmy Kimmel Live! appearance because the moguls/hunters from reality show Duck Dynasty were also going to be on; they, according to Moz, are “animal serial killers.” (Given the massive amount of fast food commercials on TV all hours of the day, it’s a wonder Morrissey appears on television at all.) Cancelling on Kimmel was just the start of a “war of words.” Clearly also morally opposed to comedy, Morrissey lashed out at Kimmel for gently poking fun at him post-cancelation, accusing the host of making light of gun control, depression and obesity.
Snarky Mass. Holes
Along with “official state songs,” several states in the U.S. have given various tunes designations like “state Folk song” or “state waltz,” while Washington and Ohio are among the few that decided they needed a state Rock song. Last month, State Rep. Martin Walsh decided it was Massachusetts’ turn to add a state Rock song to their playlist and he nominated “Roadrunner,” a great if fairly obscure rocker by The Modern Lovers (Jonathan Richman’s proto-Punk band) that includes many references to the state. But a pair of other state reps were all like, “WTF is Modern Lovers? Aersosmith, dude!” and put forth their own bill to make Aerosmith’s “Dream On” the state Rock song instead. Time reported the counter proposal was meant as a “tongue-in-cheek jab” at Walsh; at least they didn’t punch in the arm and take his lunch money.