JEORDIE WHITE | BASE TENDENCIES
Though it has not yet been confirmed by the group's spokesperson, look for a possible guest appearance by Twiggy, along with members of Def Leppard, in the Strokes' next video clip, "Someday". Guest artists who are confirmed to appear so far are former Guns N'Roses members Slash, Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum and members of Guided By Voices. No release date has been set for the video, which will be directed by Roman Coppola, son of film director Francis Ford Coppola.
A Marilyn Manson pay-per-view concert has been confirmed by www.indemand.com, to premiere on Saturday, August 3 (no time given), with replay dates as follows: August 10 (10:00 p.m.); August 11 (12:00 a.m., 9:30 p.m.); August 14 (10:00 p.m.); August 15 (9:00 p.m.); August 17 (12:00 a.m.); August 18 (1:00 a.m.). All times are Eastern Standard Time. Since this show was filmed on the Guns, God and Government tour, it will hopefully include some nice footage of Twiggy, as opposed to two hours of just Manson, Manson and more Manson.
Twiggy was on hand at the Troubadour in LA Tuesday night (18th), where friends and former tour mates Monster Magnet played a sold out show. At midnight, Dave Wyndorf introduced "Brother Ramirez" to the crowd as Twiggy joined the band onstage for a full 20 minute version of their classic, "Spine of God", utilizing what was described as a blond telecaster, eminating "spacey, liquidy sound effects". Reviews of those in attendance concurred that this was a "hugely epic moment" and "the highlight" of what was an overall tight, kick ass show.
And of course, this being June 20th, basetendencies.com would like to wish Twiggy a very happy birthday and best wishes for a happy, healthy and successful year to come.
Twiggy played DJ on Friday night at the Dragonfly Club in West Hollywood, where Nitzer Ebb's Bon Harris showcased his latest project, Maven, which features Bon on vocals. Harris, as you may recall, took credit for editing, programming and pre-production on Marilyn Manson's Holywood.
A little something from Twiggy himself -- this was posted on the official bbs last night by Greg from The Manson Museum:
"I just talked to Twiggy on the phone and I told him how devastated we all are over the news of him leaving the band and no, I knew nothing about it any sooner than any of you did. I don't ask questions concerning business or anything concerning their personal lives. I told him about all the email that I have received with fans' expressing their pain and disappointment. Twiggy told me to that he was very happy right now and that everyone in the band were still friends and there were no hard feelings so I don't think we as fans should have any hard feelings towards anyone either. Twiggy has been a crucial part of a groundbreaking band that has given us some great and memorable music in the past. I think anyone that is a true fan should respect his feelings and only wish him the best of luck in his future projects which leads me to something else he told me. He said that he was very excited about a few projects that he had in the works and was looking forward to getting back in the studio. He also said that one of his main concerns right now was that of the fans. Let's be happy for him and be excited about his projects and not have him worrying about us so he can put all of his efforts towards the music. Oh, and don't worry, we talked about other auction pieces also, so that's something else to look forward to. Rock on, Twiggy!"
A big thanks to Greg for letting us all know! And if you haven't yet been, please be sure to check out his website to view his awesome collection of Manson memorabilia (and, of course, his auctions!).
It has been officially announced today that Twiggy is no longer a part of Marilyn Manson. Manson's statement, posted in the official site's news section, reads as follows:
Marilyn Manson moves forward with a dramatic change in style, attitude and personnel by announcing the departure of longtime friend and bassist Twiggy Ramirez.
“I have spent eight months transforming this band and our new songs into an unstoppable juggernaut, and sadly Twiggy wasn’t able to make himself a part of it,” says Manson. “Unfortunately, I feel that Marilyn Manson, as a lifestyle, is not where his heart is. So I have decided to let him go his own way, otherwise it wouldn’t be fair to us, the music, or especially to the fans. Although you can never replace a best friend like Twiggy, this album and new lineup will redefine anyone’s idea of what Marilyn Manson is capable of.”
Marilyn Manson, John 5, M.W. Gacy and Ginger Fish are joined by bassist Tim Skold. The Golden Age of Grotesque, which is under the production team of Manson, Skold and Ben Grosse is near completion and expected this Fall on Interscope Records.
Of course, Marilyn Manson won't be the same without Twiggy. But, as you've all read here, Twiggy is already emersed in a new project, with a new album on the horizon. I think this is a good move for Twiggy and that this will be his time to shine, to emerge from behind the shadow of Marilyn Manson where the world can see him for the talented musician and songwriter that he really is. I wish him nothing but the best in his new [ad]ventures, and give him my full support. And of course, this site will continue to follow his career and keep everyone as up to date as possible as he moves onward into something new. Feel free to email me or post on the message board with any thoughts and comments you may have. And to Twiggy: May the force be with you!
Twiggy reportedly makes a guest appearance on the new Queens of the Stone Age album, Songs For The Deaf, due out on Interscope Records on August 13. More information regarding Twiggy's possible involvement will be posted when it becomes available.
Twiggy has joined forces with Amen's Casey Chaos and Shannon Larkin and Queen of the Stone Age's Josh Homme and Nick Oliveri to form Headband. The band has now begun recording, with a tentative Fall 2002/Winter 2003 release on RekordsRekords.
I've added a new live shot that appears to be from Twiggy's days with Amboog-A-Lard and, thus, would probably make this one relatively rare. That being the case, it didn't make sense to create a section on the "Live" page for Amboog-A-Lard, with only this one picture and probably not a lot more of these out there, nor did it make sense to integrate it with any of the Manson-era live shots. Instead, you can find this one on the Candid/Miscellaneous page.
Incidentally, it's now been confirmed by NME.com that Twiggy did play last week with Mondo Generator.
While everyone knows that Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters filled in on drums at Mondo Generator's (Queens of the Stone Age bassist Nick Oliveri's side project) show at the Troubadour in LA on Wednesday night, several of those in attendance are saying that the "other" bassist onstage with them was Twiggy, disguised by a monkey mask. Both QOTSA and Mondo Generator kick ass and, if this story turns out to be true, one can only hope that this will lead to further collaboration between Twiggy and these guys!
Two photos have been added to the Candid/Miscellaneous section, taken at a Sydney, Australia in-store appearance in March of 1997, during Marilyn Manson's first time tour of Australia. Thanks to "Gustave" for the pictures!