JEORDIE WHITE | BASE TENDENCIES
A first round of tour dates for A Perfect Circle has been announced. The band will be joining the Lollapalooza festival on a few select dates, replacing Queens of the Stone Age who will be heading over to Europe during that time. The scheduled dates are as follows:
August 15th - Phoenix, AZ (Cricket Pavillion)
August 16th - Devore, CA (Glen Helen Blockbuster Pavillion)
August 17th - Chula Vista, CA (Coors Ampitheatre)
August 19th - Mountain View, CA (Shoreline Ampitheatre)
August 21st - Salt Lake City, UT (USANA Ampitheatre)
August 23rd - Auburn, WA (White River Ampitheatre)
Please note that these are the ONLY Lollapalooza dates that APC is scheduled to play at this time. Ticket sale dates are still t/b/a and all information will be listed on the Upcoming Shows page once it becomes available.
Anyone who has been waiting to hear Twiggy sing now has their first chance to do so. Not only does he play bass on the Masters of Reality cover of "Devil's Radio" which appears on the George Harrison tribute album Songs from the Material World, but he also provides vocals along with MOR vocalist Chris Goss.
In other news, though it has yet to be mixed and mastered, a tentative release date for Desert Sessions Vol. 9-10 has now been set for July 29th on Ipecac Recordings.
Camp Freddy, with whom Twiggy has made several guest appearances in the past, will be making their national television debut on Friday, March 28th on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live. While the band is not promising any guest appearances, they are also not ruling out the possibility. Of course, even if there are any guests, it goes without saying that there is no guarantee that Twiggy would be one of them. However, I thought I would pass along the information anyway since this show is LA-based and the possibility of a guest appearance, no matter how slim, is always there. For anyone in the Los Angeles area who would like a chance to get tickets to the live performance, go to this location for more info.
For anyone who has been looking for Amboogalard's A New Hope, this hard-to-find CD is now up for auction on eBay at this location, with 3 days and 7 hours to go and a current high bid of $15.50.
Twiggy has joined Chris Goss and Masters of Reality to play on their cover of George Harrison's "Devil's Radio", which appears on the recently released George Harrison tribute album Songs from the Material World. A 30 second sample of the song has been added to the Audio page and can be directly accessed by clicking here. While this album doesn't seem to be readily available in record stores, it can be purchased online by going to www.amazon.com or towerrecords.com.
Here is a brief rundown on the now completed Desert Sessions #9-10. There are about 20 songs, all written and recorded in 6 days, one titled "neva Be" which features PJ Harvey on vocals. Of course, which songs make the final product has no doubt yet to be decided. Aside from Twiggy and PJ, the other major contributors included Chris Goss, Alain Johannes (Chris Cornell Band/Eleven), Dave Catching (Earthlings?), Josh Freese (A Perfect Circle), Dean Ween (Ween) and of course, Josh Homme, the guiding force behind the Desert Sessions series. Unfortunately, no confirmation on a release date yet, but hopefully this information will be forthcoming in the near future.
In addition to his work with A Perfect Circle, the Desert Sessions and Snowballs, now comes word that Twiggy has also lent some of his talents to Melissa Auf der Maur's (ex-Hole, Smashing Pumpkins) upcoming solo effort, slated for a late summer release on Capitol Records. Produced by Chris Goss (with whom Twiggy recently recorded what is said to be "truly amazing" tracks for the Snowballs project) the album also boasts appearances by QOTSA's Josh Homme, Nick Oliveri, Mark Lanegan and Troy van Leeuwen (who has left A Perfect Circle to become a permanent member of QOTSA). Meanwhile, work on the Desert Sessions is expected to wind up this week before QOTSA hit the road again this Saturday.
An interview that Twiggy did with MTV yesterday, telling his own story about joining A Perfect Circle, has been added to the Press page. Click here to read it. Early indications point to Twiggy using the name Jeordie White in this band. As he makes the transition, so will this website.
With writing and recording sessions for Desert Sessions Vol. 9&10 underway this week, this latest installment is tentatively scheduled for release sometime in August on the Ipecac label.
It's official: Twiggy has landed the bassist slot in A Perfect Circle. The press release issued today by APC reads as follows:
"Regarding the departure of the one known as "Paz" -
Paz has been a vegan for many years. As many of you may know, sometimes the lack of protein in one’s diet can leave them borderline anemic and, occasionally, a bit delirious. After a festival show featuring APC and the The Smashing Pumpkins, Paz, in a state of “meat deprivation,” followed a “bald man named Billy” onto the wrong bus and we haven’t seen her since. Milk carton photos have, so far, been ineffective. Any help would be appreciated.
Regarding the “New Guy” on bass-
Jeordie White, otherwise known as “Twiggy,” (formerly of “Marilyn Manson,”) has replaced Paz as the new APC bass player. Jeordie, in between jobs, answered a classified ad in the "Music Connection” which read… “Established band seeks professional, experienced bass player. Must have a van and must resemble Don Knotts. Long hair a plus.” The rest is history. Congratulations, Jeordie. This is the biggest mistake you have ever or will ever make.
Regarding the abduction of the one currently known as “Troy VanLeeuwen,” and occasionally known as “Toby or Todd Lewin,”-
Reports have come in stating Troy has been seen hanging around with Craig Kilbourn. Other sources say Troy has been abducted by a hostile yet stable group of extraterrestrials posing as a band of Gypsy crack whores. Lucky for us, we have “fitted” Troy with a self-destruct mechanism for just such an occasion. If any of these “aliens” attempt what we in the biz refer to as a “Greek Wedding”… KABOOOM! Good luck, Troy. Come back often.
Regarding the “New Guy” on guitar-
Renholder. Figure it out. This multi-talented individual (who suffers from an extremely rare form of social tourette's) wears many hats; all of which he hangs on the wall next to his soiled futon. Impersonator of circus gorillas, moon walker, psychic medium to the stars, serial/cereal coupon hoarder, owner of the most extensive collection of “COPS” episodes on this planet, coined the term, “Tijuana boob job,” as well as aficionado of all things “boob job.” These are just a few of his many, many talents.
Regarding the “New Album Title”-
We are currently in litigation with The Offspring over this. More info on this subject will be posted as it becomes available.
APC are currently in the studio working on their follow up album to Mer de Noms, released in May of 2000. The new album is tentatively scheduled for a summer release.
Congratulations Twiggy -- or Jeordie, whichever it may be -- and best of luck to you in this newest venture! Your fans are proud of you!
An update on the Twiggy/Perfect Circle story: If KISS bassist and Tongue magazine editor Gene Simmons is to be believed, Twiggy is indeed a part of, or at least involved in some capacity with, A Perfect Circle. The following is a part of a February 7th news item over at Gene's official page, genesimmons.com:
"Bob Ezrin, who produced our best records, dropped by to say hello and after rehearsals took me next door to see PERFECT CIRCLE -- the new Virgin Records band that features Maynard from Tool on vocals and Twiggy Ramirez from Marilyn Manson."
Thanks to "zax546" for this latest information.
I must stress that at this point it is still in the rumor stage, but reports are circulating this afternoon that Twiggy has joined A Perfect Circle, replacing bassist Paz Lenchantin, who it appears has left to permanently join up with Billy Corgan's Zwan. This is all I have at this time. As soon as I can get more information and/or confirmation on this either way, I will let everyone know the status of this story. Stay tuned!
Fans of P J Harvey will be happy to know that all indications point to her being on board when Josh Homme, Twiggy and Dean Ween come together next week in Los Angeles to begin work on Desert Sessions Vol. 9-10. Recording is expected to be completed by time Queens of the Stone Age embark on another U.S. tour starting in Las Vegas on February 22. For more information on P J Harvey, this seems to be one of the better websites out there at the moment.
More words on Head Band from the mouth of Casey Chaos, this time during an interview yesterday with UK online radio station TotalRock. "The other project in question," Casey said, speaking of his various endeavors outside Amen, "is one with Josh and Nick from Queens of the Stone Age, which basically has only seen rehearsals and preproduction type things and jamming, and Twiggy's in the band as well, he plays bass in it as well. So that's just seen rehearsals but we have probably about 8 songs, I would think, ideas, skeletons together." He goes on to describe the music as "Queens of the Stone Age meets Amen meets Bauhaus."
In the ongoing effort to introduce some of the people Twiggy has been working with of late to those who may not already be familiar with them, I found two really good articles on Chris Goss over at mastersofreality.co.uk that I thought I would share, one from 2001 and a more recent one from 2002, both of which should give some good background information on Goss' prior work, both with Masters of Reality and as a producer. Many other good articles can be found at that site for those who may have a further interest.
Perhaps there is still some hope for Head Band seeing the light of day eventually. Amen's Casey Chaos is interviewed in the new issue of Metal Hammer, wherein he speaks a bit about his side projects, including Head Band. That part of the interview reads as follows:
"Josh came up to me at a show and said 'Hey, I want to start a band with you and I want it to be really broadshouldered so you walk down the street and no one can bump into you. It's going to be so in your face, like a brawler.' We set up a week of rehearsals, and the day before Josh called and said, 'What do you think about Twiggy being involved? Two bass players?' I thought it sounded great! The next day we went in and started on a song I worked on, then a Josh one, then a Twiggy one. We collaborated as a group of people and it was inspiring. I look forward to finishing it...when we have the time."
Amen kicks off a UK tour on January 31st. Meanwhile, work continues on the Snowballs project, which so far consists of Twiggy, Chris Goss (sharing vocals) and Zach Hill, who it seems has taken permanent leave of his drumming chores with aforementioned Amen.
A new photo, taken at the October 30th Blender Sessions party (where Twiggy jammed with Camp Freddy), has been added to the Candid Gallery.
A new message board has been added to the site, and thus, the old one has been deleted. Those who were registered on the old board will obviously have to re-register on this one, but the registration process is a lot simpler and less confusing than the old one. After playing around with several over the last month or so, this one seemed to be the easiest to work with all around. Click here to access the new board.
Just wanted to briefly address the Twiggy/Metallica rumors that seem to be running rampant at the moment. The official stand taken by the Metallica camp when the invitation-only auditions for the open bassist slot began late last year was that out of respect for the candidates involved they would not be releasing any names. Therefore, anything you are hearing now about Twiggy having auditioned for Metallica really comes down to nothing more than speculation. Since there have been so many different names tossed about during the last few months regarding who is or will be auditioning, who’s been chosen, etc., I think at this point it is best to wait for word from Metallica themselves before jumping to any conclusions. If and when the Metallica boys officially confirm anything that concerns Twiggy, I’ll be sure to pass it on here. In the meantime, I will continue to follow up on the work on his solo material and his anticipated involvement in next Desert Sessions installment.
Twiggy's bed, as seen on MTV Cribs, is now up for sale at the Manson Museum Trade Page. The bed is cast iron and comes with the smoke machine as demonstrated by Twiggy on the Cribs episode. The cost is $1500 plus shipping fees.
Hello, and welcome to the new year, a year in which we can hopefully anticipate new material from Twiggy. News is a little slow at the moment, typical for this time of year as everyone gets back in gear from the holidaze, but I've added two pics from a 1998 in-store appearance to the Candid gallery. As soon as there are any updates regarding Twiggy's activities and projects, I will let everyone know.
With Twiggy scheduled to participate in the upcoming Desert Sessions #9-10 project, I found an interview that Josh Homme did with VH-1 at the time of the release of Desert Sessions #7-8 which should give anyone unfamiliar with the Desert Sessions series a little bit more information on what it's all about. Click here to read the article.