Charles Manson dead at 83

Charles Manson dead at 83


Charles Manson was escorted to his arraignment in 1969.

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Charles Manson was escorted to his arraignment in 1969.

NEW YORK — Charles Manson, one of the most notorious murderers of the 20th century, who was very likely the most culturally persistent and perhaps also the most inscrutable, died on Sunday in Kern County, Calif. He was 83 and had been behind bars for most of his life.

He died of natural causes in a hospital, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said in a news release.

Manson was a semiliterate habitual criminal and failed musician before he came to irrevocable attention in the late 1960s as the wild-eyed leader of the Manson family, a murderous band of young drifters in California. Convicted of nine murders in all, Manson was known in particular for the seven brutal killings collectively called the Tate-LaBianca murders, committed by his followers on two consecutive August nights in 1969.

The most famous of the victims was Sharon Tate, an actress who was married to the film director Roman Polanski. Eight and a half months pregnant, she was killed with four other people at her Benedict Canyon home.

The Tate-LaBianca killings and the seven-month trial that followed were the subjects of fevered news coverage. To a frightened, mesmerized public, the murders, with their undercurrents of sex, drugs, rock ‘n’ roll, and Satanism, seemed the depraved logical extension of the anti-establishment, do-your-own-thing ethos that helped define the ’60s.

Since then, the Manson family has occupied a dark, persistent place in American culture — and American commerce. It has inspired, among other things, pop songs, an opera, films, a host of internet fan sites, T-shirts, children’s wear, and half the stage name of the rock musician Marilyn Manson.

It has also been the subject of many nonfiction books, most famously “Helter Skelter” (1974), by Vincent Bugliosi and Curt Gentry. Bugliosi was the lead prosecutor at the Tate-LaBianca trial.

The Manson family came to renewed attention in 2008, when officials in California, responding to long speculation that there were victims still unaccounted for, searched a stretch of desert in Death Valley. There, in a derelict place known as the Barker Ranch, Manson and his followers had lived for a time in the late ’60s. The search turned up no human remains.

It was a measure of Manson’s hold over his followers, mostly young women who had fled middle-class homes, that he was not physically present at the precise moment that any of the Tate-LaBianca victims was killed. Yet his family swiftly murdered them on his orders, which, according to many later accounts, were meant to incite an apocalyptic race war that Manson called Helter Skelter. He took the name from the title of a Beatles song.

Throughout the decades since, Manson has remained an enigma. Was he a paranoid schizophrenic, as some observers have suggested? Was he a sociopath, devoid of human feeling? Was he a charismatic guru, as his followers once believed and his fans seemingly still do?

Or was he simply flotsam, a man whose life, The New York Times wrote in 1970, “stands as a monument to parental neglect and the failure of the public correctional system”?

No Name Maddox, as Manson was officially first known, was born on Nov. 12, 1934, to a 16-year-old unwed mother in Cincinnati. (Many accounts give the date erroneously as Nov. 11.) His mother, Kathleen Maddox, was often described as having been a prostitute. What is certain, according to Bugliosi’s book and other accounts, is that she was a heavy drinker who lived on the margins of society with a series of men.

Manson apparently never knew his biological father. His mother briefly married another man, William Manson, and gave her young son the name Charles Milles Manson.

Kathleen often disappeared for long periods — when Charles was 5, for instance, she was sent to prison for robbing a gas station — leaving him to bounce among relatives in Ohio, West Virginia, and Kentucky. She was paroled when Charles was 8 and took him back, but kept him for only a few years.

From the age of 12 on, Charles was placed in a string of reform schools. At one institution, he held a razor to a boy’s throat and raped him.

Escaping often, he committed burglaries, auto thefts, and armed robberies, landing in between in juvenile detention centers and eventually federal reformatories. He was paroled from the last one at 19, in May 1954.

Starting in the mid-1950s, Manson, living mostly in Southern California, was variously a busboy, parking-lot attendant, car thief, check forger, and pimp. During this period, he was in and out of prison.

He was married twice: in 1955 to Rosalie Jean Willis, a teenage waitress, and a few years later to a young prostitute named Leona. Both marriages ended in divorce.

Manson was believed to have fathered at least two children over the years: at least one with one of his wives, and at least one more with one of his followers. The precise number, names, and whereabouts of his children — a subject around which rumor and urban legend have long coalesced — could not be confirmed.

By March 1967, when Manson, then 32, was paroled from his latest prison stay, he had spent more than half his life in correctional facilities. On his release, he moved to the Bay Area and eventually settled in the Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco, the nerve center of hippiedom, just in time for the Summer of Love.

There, espousing a philosophy that was an idiosyncratic mix of Scientology, hippie anti-authoritarianism, Beatles lyrics, the Book of Revelation, and the writings of Hitler, he began to draw into his orbit the rootless young adherents who would become known as the Manson family.

Manson had learned to play the guitar in prison and hoped to make it as a singer-songwriter. His voice was once compared to that of the young Frankie Laine, a crooner who first came to prominence in the 1930s.

Manson’s lyrics, by contrast, were often about sex and death, but in the 1960s, that did not stand out very much. (Songs he wrote were later recorded by Guns N’ Roses). Once he was famous, Manson himself released several albums, including “LIE,” issued in 1970, and “Live at San Quentin,” issued in 2006.

With his followers — a loose, shifting band of a dozen or more — Manson left San Francisco for Los Angeles. They stayed awhile in the home of Dennis Wilson, the Beach Boys’ drummer. Manson hoped the association would help him land a recording contract, but none materialized. (The Beach Boys did later record a song, “Never Learn Not to Love,” that was based on one written by Manson, although Wilson, who sang it, gave it new lyrics and a new title — Manson had called it “Cease to Exist” — and took credit for writing it.)

The Manson family next moved to the Spahn Movie Ranch, a mock Old West town north of Los Angeles that was once a film set but had since fallen to ruins. The group later moved to Death Valley, eventually settling at the Barker Ranch.

The desert location would protect the family, Manson apparently thought, in the clash of the races that he believed was inevitable. He openly professed his hatred of black people, and he believed that when Helter Skelter came, blacks would annihilate whites. Then, unable to govern themselves, the blacks would turn for leadership to the Manson family, who would have ridden out the conflict in deep underground holes in the desert.

At some point, Manson seems to have decided to help Helter Skelter along. Late at night on Aug. 8, 1969, he dispatched four family members — Susan Atkins, Patricia Krenwinkel, Charles Watson, and Linda Kasabian — to the Tate home in the Hollywood hills. Manson knew the house: Terry Melcher, a well-known record producer with whom he had dealt fruitlessly, had once lived there.

Shortly after midnight on Aug. 9, Atkins, Krenwinkel, and Watson entered the house while Kasabian waited outside. Through a frenzied combination of shooting, stabbing, beating, and hanging, they murdered Tate and four others in the house and on the grounds: Jay Sebring, a Hollywood hairdresser; Abigail Folger, an heiress to the Folger coffee fortune; Voytek (also spelled Wojciech) Frykowski, Folger’s boyfriend; and Steven Parent, an 18-year-old visitor. Tate’s husband, Polanski, was in London at the time.

Before leaving, Atkins scrawled the word “pig” in blood on the front door of the house; in Manson’s peculiar logic, the killings were supposed to look like the work of black militants.

The next night, Aug. 10, Manson and a half-dozen followers drove to a Los Angeles house he appeared to have selected at random. Inside, Manson tied up the residents — a wealthy grocer named Leno LaBianca and his wife, Rosemary — before leaving. After he was gone, several family members stabbed the couple to death. The phrases “Death to Pigs” and “Healter Skelter,” misspelled, were scrawled in blood at the scene.

The seven murders went unsolved for months. Then, in the autumn of 1969, the police closed in on the Manson family after Atkins, in jail on an unrelated murder charge, bragged to cellmates about the killings.

On June 15, 1970, Manson, Atkins, Krenwinkel, and a fourth family member, Leslie Van Houten, went on trial for murder. Kasabian, who had been present on both nights but said she had not participated in the killings, became the prosecution’s star witness and was given immunity. Watson, who had fled to Texas, was tried and convicted separately.

During the trial, the bizarre became routine. On one occasion, Manson lunged at the judge with a pencil. On another, he punched his lawyer in open court. At one point, Manson appeared in court with an “X” carved into his forehead; his co-defendants quickly followed suit. (Manson later carved the X into a swastika, which remained flagrantly visible ever after.)

Outside the courthouse, a small flock of chanting family members kept vigil. One of them, Lynette Fromme, nicknamed Squeaky, would make headlines herself in 1975 when she tried to assassinate President Ford.

On Jan. 25, 1971, after nine days’ deliberation, the jury found Manson, Atkins, and Krenwinkel guilty of seven counts of murder each. Van Houten, who had been present only at the LaBianca murders, was found guilty of two counts. All four were also convicted of conspiracy to commit murder.

On March 29, the jury voted to give all four defendants the death penalty. In 1972, after capital punishment was temporarily outlawed in California, their sentences were reduced to life in prison.

Manson was convicted separately of two other murders: those of Gary Hinman, a musician killed by Manson family members in late July 1969, and Donald Shea, a Barker Ranch stuntman killed late that August. Altogether, Manson and seven family members were eventually convicted of one to nine murders apiece.

Incarcerated in a series of prisons over the years, Manson passed the time by playing the guitar, doing menial chores, and making scorpions and spiders out of thread from his socks. His notoriety made him a target: In 1984, he was treated for second- and third-degree burns after being doused with paint thinner by a fellow inmate and set ablaze.

Manson was turned down for parole a dozen times, most recently in 2012. Most of the other convicted family members remain in prison. Atkins died in prison in 2009, at 61, of natural causes.

The Manson family was an inspiration for the television series “Aquarius,” broadcast on NBC in 2015 and 2016. A period drama set in the late ’60s, it starred David Duchovny as a Los Angeles police detective who comes up against Manson (played by the British actor Gethin Anthony) in the course of investigating a teenage girl’s disappearance.

To the end of his life, Manson denied having ordered the Tate-LaBianca murders. Nor, as he replied to a question he was often asked, did he feel remorse, in any case.

He said as much in 1986 in a prison interview with the television journalist Charlie Rose.

“So you didn’t care?” Rose asked, invoking Tate and her unborn child.

“Care?” Manson replied.

He added, “What the hell does that mean, ‘care’?”

Experts debunk 4 winter driving myths

Experts debunk 4 winter driving myths


Traveling in the snow and ice is dangerous, especially in a car.

Drivers are often misinformed about the safest ways to operate and take care of a car in winter conditions.

Myth #1: You should always let a vehicle idle before driving it in cold weather

While it may be convenient to hop into an already warm vehicle, idling a car before driving it in cold conditions can be bad for your health, wallet and car.

The carbon monoxide an engine emits while running a car is dangerous and fuel is consumed faster.

Some argue that these sacrifices are worth it in order to protect their vehicles.

However, Dustin Stec, a Bridgestone AutoCare manager, argues that there is no benefit at all to letting your car run for a while before driving it.

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Mike Roach, right, of New York, a junior at Towson University, clears snow from his car after getting stuck in Towson, Md., Monday, Jan. 25, 2016. (AP Photo/Steve Ruark)
The common misconception stems from the fact that there was a time when “heating up” a car was necessary.

“Years ago when cars weren’t computer controlled or fuel injected, you had to rely on mechanic delivery of fuel,” Stec said.

“In the wintertime when it was exceptionally cold, that component of the carburetor didn’t work well, and it had to warm up before it worked efficiently.”

Stec said that today’s technology allows a car’s computer to compensate for the temperature difference in order to make it work immediately and efficiently.

Myth #2: Four-wheel drive makes a car safe to drive in the snow

Though four-wheel drive is a serious advantage in reaching a destination in the snow, it cannot assist in stopping a car.

“Stopping relies on driving correctly and having winter tires on your car in snow and ice,” Stec said.

He argued that driver education and safety trump reliance on a vehicle’s capabilities. Four-wheel drive is an asset, not a safety net.

Chris Welty, a Bridgestone tire specialist, also claimed that winter tires are a necessity and that they allow a driver to stop 30 percent faster in snow and ice.

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(Flickr photo/lungstruck)
“They are the most important part of the car in inclement weather,” Welty said. “When it is cold enough that you can see your breath outside, it is time to change your tires.”

He said that people often confuse winter tires with all-season tires, but that tires should change with the seasons.

He also finds that many people think letting air out of a vehicle’s tires will create better traction.

“Tires are designed and intended to operate at a certain pressure rating, and decreasing or changing that pressure rating in an attempt to get better performance decreases the performance of the tire,” Welty said.

Myth #3: Your parking brake can help you stop in winter weather

Experts argue that it may be best to stay away from the parking brake.

“By pulling the parking brake on a car in a panic situation, you would negate the ability of the car to enable its anti-lock braking system, therefore decreasing the stopping ability or the capacity of the car,” Stec said.

The parking brake also has the potential to freeze when trying to release it in extreme cold.

Tires will perform at 100 percent when braking, but steering will reduce the brake’s capabilities, Welty said.

“Steer away from an obstacle if you cannot brake,” Welty said.

Myth #4: It’s safe to pass other drivers who may be moving slower than you

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A snow plow works on a road in Oregon. (Photo/Oregon Department of Transportation)
Though it’s tempting to pass a slow-moving car when you’re in a rush, it might be dangerous amid wintry conditions.

“If you encounter a snowplow, it means that what is in front of it may be difficult,” Welty said. This could signal that it’s best to hang back.

If you do decide to pass another driver, be sure to use caution.

“When you want to pass someone and your wheels go from dry or wet asphalt to ice or snow, the car can abruptly become out of control when you hit the gas pedal.”

By Randi Ivler, AccuWeather staff writer

The 20 best thrash albums of all time

Counting down the greatest thrash records Buddhaof all time. Warning: heads will be banged.

 by Dom Lawson

Dominated by the old school (because we’re sentimental bastards) but undeniably diverse, our top 20 albums are essential listening for any dedicated thrasher. Disagree with our list? Too bad. We can’t hear you moaning because we’re listening to thrash! Cheers!

20) Annihilator – Alice In Hell (Roadrunner, 1989)

One of the finest metal guitarists of all time, Jeff Waters was always destined for greatness, but this precocious debut album was, if we’re honest, taking the piss. Incredible musicianship, wonderful songs and with energy levels permanently in the red, Alice… raised thrash’s IQ and put its Canadian contingent firmly on the map once and for all.

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19) Sabbat – History Of A Time To Come (Noise, 1988)

While many of their UK peers simply emulated their cousins from across the Atlantic, Sabbat created their own world of paganised poetry and eccentric riffing, resulting in a debut album that eschewed the rule book in favour of a fiercely individual take on the thrash formula. An underground phenomenon, perhaps, but an album that sent ripples of inspiration through the metal world.

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18) Overkill – The Years Of Decay (Atlantic, 1989)

Already veterans of the east coast metal scene by the time they made it, Overkill flexed their muscles on The Years Of Decay and the results were remarkable. Both unashamedly committed to thrash ethics and admirably adventurous within those parameters, this was a formidable show of strength from a band that have never strayed from the righteous thrash path.

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17) Nuclear Assault – Handle With Care (In-Effect, 1989)

The opening impact of Nuclear Assault’s third album still wrenches breath from lungs. Handle With Care was turbocharged thrash imbued with the spirit of hardcore: remorseless aggression and speed married to astutely crafted metallic anthems (and the occasional joke). Nuclear Assault seldom get the props they deserve, but no thrash collection is complete without them.

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16) Kreator – Extreme Aggression (Noise, 1989)

By the time Kreator reached their fourth album, their youthful belligerence had mutated into something far more controlled and precise, but the ferocity that drove their early records remained in evidence on this gleaming monument to cutting edge thrash. As the incredible title track and the epic Some Pain Will Last prove, Kreator were on fire and making sure everyone else got burned too.

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15) Metallica – Kill ‘Em All (Megaforce, 1983)

It is faintly terrifying to see how young they look on the back cover of the debut album, but Metallica were already much more than naive dreamers when they pieced this raw masterwork together. The bullish clatter of Hit The Lights, the visceral sprint of Whiplash, the ageless might of Seek & Destroy… yeah, Metallica were pretty fucking amazing from the very start.

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14) Voivod – Dimension Hatröss (Noise, 1988)

The most distinctive and daring of all the 80s thrash bands, Voivod strode along their singular path making albums that sounded like nothing else on earth. Dimension Hatröss is the best of them: a turbulent sci-fi nightmare, brimming with grotesque hooks, exquisite lyrical weirdness and the late, great Piggy’s idiosyncratic and deeply peculiar riffs. It’s thrash, Lars, but not as we know it.

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13) Metallica – …And Justice For All (Elektra, 1988)

Progressive thrash masterpiece or bass-free self-indulgence? Oh fuck off, it’s obviously the former. From the pummelling of Blackened onwards, AJFA repositioned Metallica as metal’s premier sonic explorers, with songs that defied convention while never forgetting to be seriously fucking heavy. Harvester Of Sorrow, One, Dyer’s Eve, The Frayed Ends Of Sanity… classics, each and every one.

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12) Sepultura – Beneath The Remains (Roadrunner, 1989)

Restless souls from the mean streets of Belo Horizonte, Sepultura had already outgrown their primitive death metal roots when they made this, their third album. They would continue to evolve on later albums, but BTR was the Brazilians‘ incisive love letter to thrash and its inherent energy and strength. 25 years later, it will still kick your face off.

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11) Testament – The Legacy (Altantic, 1987)

Although a year or two too late to qualify for thrash’s Big Four, Testament are many metalheads’ choice for an imagined fifth position. The Legacy bulges with skull- shattering heaviness and bewildering displays of technical prowess, but it is the sheer quality of the Bay Area band’s songwriting that made their debut album such an unequivocal triumph.

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10) Anthrax – Among The Living (Island, 1987)

Forget the shorts, the jokes and the detours into rap territory: Anthrax have always been a kickass metal band, and Among The Living thoroughly deserves its place in our top 10. With countless infectious refrains, razor sharp lyrics and some of the beefiest riffs ever written, songs like I Am The Law, Caught In A Mosh and Indians offer nothing less than metal perfection.

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9) Megadeth – Peace Sells… But Who’s Buying? (Capitol, 1986)

An audacious second effort by Dave Mustaine and his prodigiously gifted band, Peace Sells… still startles to this day. Complex and unsettling, its finest moments – Wake Up Dead, The Conjuring, Devils Island and that title track – contributed hugely to thrash’s expanding vocabulary, not least due to Mustaine and Chris Poland’s extraordinary six-string chops.

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8) Possessed – Seven Churches (Relativity, 1985)

Our top 20 purposefully avoids bands that blurred the boundaries between thrash, death and (early) black metal, but Possessed are the one exception we had to make. Seven Churches is a thrash album through and through – it’s just darker, heavier and more brilliantly blasphemous than anything else that existed at the time. And yes, death metal began in earnest here too.

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7) Exodus – Bonded By Blood (Combat, 1985)

Talismanic standard bearers for the Bay Area thrash scene, Exodus defined the entire genre with their debut album. Led by the none-more-diehard Paul Baloff, they tore through nine flawless lessons in hard-riffing violence and deftly nailed the thrash blueprint for all time. ‘Metal takes hold, death starts to unfold… it’s loud like the world’s at and end!’ sums it up.

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6) Dark Angel – Darkness Descends (Combat, 1986)

Released mere months after Reign In Blood and Pleasure To Kill, Dark Angel’s second album managed to outstrip both in terms of speed and fury. With the mighty Gene Hoglan on the drums, this was always going to slay, but the LA crew also had the songs to back up their ferocity. It’s impossible to listen to The Burning Of Sodom without smashing something.

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5) Kreator – Pleasure To Kill (Noise, 1986)

The States may have dominated the thrash scene, but Germany‘s contribution was huge. Kreator’s second album remains one of the few to challenge Slayer in the violence and mayhem stakes, its blistering tempos and Mille Petrozza’s deranged screeching conspiring to wrench open the gates of hell and let its nastiest demons run rampage. Rage has never sounded more exciting.

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4) Metallica – Ride The Lightning (Megaforce, 1984)

The album that sealed Metallica’s reputation as the new metal band of the early 80s, Ride The Lightning was a staggering achievement from such young musicians. The depth, ambition and musicality evident in Creeping Death, For Whom The Bell Tolls and Fade To Black still take the breath away over 30 years later. If you love thrash, you must love this.

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3) Megadeth – Rust In Peace (Capitol, 1990)

Thrash may have faded badly during the 90s, but it certainly entered the decade in supreme form. Megadeth’s greatest album upped the ante for the entire metal genre with songwriting, technicality and production all hitting unprecedented levels of efficacy. Holy Wars… The Punishment Due, Hangar 18 and Tornado Of Souls have become revered classics. Say what you like about Dave Mustaine, but he’s a genius.

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2) Metallica – Master Of Puppets (Elektra, 1986)

Younger Metallica fans may wonder why so many people bemoan the band’s meandering creativity over the last 20 years: Master Of Puppets explains why. Epic, ingenious, overwhelmingly muscular and precise, every one of its eight songs is a timeless classic. It was both Cliff Burton’s swansong and the album that propelled Metallica towards stardom. If you don’t own it, you suck at metal.

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1) Slayer – Reign In Blood (Def Jam, 1986)

Is there such a thing as a perfect album? Yes. It’s called Reign In Blood. Not quite 30 minutes of the most brutal, explosive and unrelenting extreme metal ever conceived, Slayer’s third album still sounds staggeringly powerful nearly three decades on. From the cudgelling attack of the opening Angel Of Death to the bleak horror of Raining Blood, Reign In Blood towers above every other thrash album for several reasons, but the most important of them is its swivel-eyed intensity: something that no other metal band have ever quite equalled. The evil riffs of Hanneman and King, Tom Araya’s menacing proclamations, Dave Lombardo’s octopus-like mastery of the kit… this is thrash metal at its purest and most destructive. It may never be surpassed.

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Pretenders’ Chrissie Hynde Curses Out Camera-Happy Fans, Walks Offstage In Dubai

Pretenders’ Chrissie Hynde Curses Out Camera-Happy Fans, Walks Offstage In Dubai

Tom Breihan, Stereogum

When new wave legends the Pretenders play live, they post signs asking people in the audience not to use cell phones while they’re onstage. Of course, people don’t comply too often, and last week in Dubai, frontwoman Chrissie Hynde reportedly unloaded on the audience, cursing them out before storming offstage early.

According to The Sun, Hynde was only a song into the Pretenders’ Thursday night set at Dubai’s Irish Village venue when she called people in the audience “cunts” for recording her. She also told them that she didn’t give a fuck because she already had their money. She also reportedly flipped off phone users and, as she was leaving the stage, “cocked her leg” and told the crowd to “take a picture of that.”

The National reports that, according to people who were in the crowd on Thursday night, Hynde also told people in the crowd to stick their phones up their ass and informed them that the Pretenders “ain’t Lady Gaga or Katy Perry, so if you wanna use your fucking phones, go and see them.”

In a post on Facebook earlier this month, Hynde apologized for cussing out fans with phones on a recent UK tour: “I do want to apologise for being a bit of a bitch when it came to camera phones and just being myself in general. As you probably know by now, when i’m not on the stage, i like to retain a very ordinary profile and get embarrassed by uninvited attentions. So if I told anyone to ‘get lost’ – it’s just me being the citizen God intended me to be.”

This post originally appeared on Stereogum


Marilyn Manson Guitarist Twiggy Ramirez Accused of Rape

Marilyn Manson Guitarist Twiggy Ramirez Accused of Rape

By Dave Lifton

Doe no — Arby’s is selling a venison sandwich

Doe no — Arby’s is selling a venison sandwich

Arby's is selling a venison sandwich in heavy deer-hunting states.

Oh deer — Arby’s is making a venison sandwich.

The fast food chain known for hot roast beef and brisket is embracing its “We Have the Meats” slogan by adding wild game to the menu this hunting season.

Arby’s is rolling out a thick-cut venison steak starting Monday sourced from “free-range farmed deer that feed on fresh grass from New Zealand,” according to an Arby’s spokesperson. The steak is marinated in garlic, salt and pepper, and cooked for three hours. It will be topped with crispy onions and juniper berry sauce.

The $5 speciality sandwich will be available in 17 stores at select “heavy deer hunting areas” in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Georgia through Nov. 27, according to the press release.

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“Hunters hunt the meats, and we have the meats, so it makes sense for us to connect with them and offer a sandwich that they can’t get at any other restaurant chain,” said Arby’s chief marketing officer Rob Lynch in a statement.

Venison is notoriously tough to cook without getting gamey, however, and even Lynch admits the new sandwich is “probably the biggest stretch for us yet.”

A rep told The News that if enough diners fawn over it, however, Arby’s could consider selling the venison sammie nationally.

LAPD Admits Error In Announcing Death Of Tom Petty — Who’s Still Off Life Support

LAPD Admits Error In Announcing Death Of Tom Petty — Who’s Still Off Life Support

October 2, 2017 at 1:33 PM (PT)


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Despite an avalanche of media reports reporting on the death of TOM PETTY, one of the original sources for the information, the The LOS ANGELES POLICE DEPARTMENT, has backtracked in a series of tweets. “The LAPD has no information about the passing of singer TOM PETTY. Initial information was inadvertently provided to some media sources,” the first one stated, followed by, “However, the LAPD has no investigative role in this matter. We apologize for any inconvenience in this reporting.”

TMZ now reports that “a chaplain was called to TOM’s hospital room on MONDAY morning, and that “the family has a do not resuscitate order on TOM. The singer is not expected to live throughout the day, but he’s still clinging to life.”

Furthermore, besides backtracking on its initial claims, the LAPD noted that the L.A. COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPT. handled the emergency.

PETTY was rushed to the hospital SUNDAY night (10/1) after being found unconscious in his MALIBU home. There they found he had no brain activity. Earlier today (10/2), a decision was made to pull life support.

Most Dangerous Celebrities: All the famous people you shouldn’t Google

Most Dangerous Celebrities: All the Buddhafamous people you shouldn’t Google


Who doesn’t have a pop celebrity fan in their family? You know, people who constantly scour the web for the latest news on a particular movie star or musical artist.

Well, cybercriminals are on the lookout for the latest celebrity trends too, and they exploit the public’s obsession with the most popular celebrities to lure fans into giving up more than their admiration.

Here are the names and terms you, your kids and your friends should watch out for when you search for them online.

Note: Please use the share buttons on the side of this article to spread the word. It is important that you share this on Facebook too to warn your friends and loved ones.

2017’s most dangerous celebrities

This year, female pop-rock celebrity Avril Lavigne has dethroned Amy Schumer as “the most dangerous celebrity to search online.”

This dubious title is courtesy of McAfee, and for the 11th year in a row, the computer security company has listed the top 10 riskiest celebrities you shouldn’t Google. This year, Lavigne ousted last year’s “winner,” Amy Schumer, to take the top spot.

According to McAfee, searching for these celebrities return the most dangerous results that can expose users to malicious links and websites.

Additionally, searching for the celebrity name plus “free mp3″ generated the most links for potentially malicious websites. This helps propel musicians to regularly make the list but this is actually the first time the top 10 is wholly dominated by musical celebrities.

Here’s McAfee’s list of top 10 most dangerous celebrities in 2017:

  1. Avril Lavigne
  2. Bruno Mars
  3. Carly Rae Jepsen
  4. Zayn Malik
  5. Celine Dion
  6. Calvin Harris
  7. Justin Bieber
  8. Diddy
  9. Katy Perry
  10. Beyonce

By exploiting the consuming public’s fascination with celebrities, cybercriminals are using these names to lure online denizens to potentially dangerous websites that can install malware and steal personal information.

“In today’s digital world, we want the latest hit albums, videos, movies and more, immediately available on our devices,” said McAfee’s Gary Davis. “Consumers often prioritize their convenience over security by engaging in risky behavior like clicking on suspicious links that promise the latest content from celebrities.

“It’s imperative that they slow down and consider the risks associated with searching for downloadable content. Thinking before clicking goes a long way to stay safe online,” he continued.

Who is Avril Lavigne?

Well, she’s just the second best-selling Canadian female artist of all time, selling more than 40 million albums worldwide.

Lavigne took a musical hiatus the last four years due to her battle with Lyme disease. She recently announced that she’s putting out new music soon and this may be the reason for the resurgence in online searches for her name.

According to McAfee, if you search for “Avril Lavigne free mp3″ right now, you have a 22 percent chance of landing on a malicious website.

Country star Glen Campbell dies at 81

Country star Glen Campbell dies at 81

By Jennifer Bowen

(RNN) – Glen Campbell, who came from a sharecropping family and rose to country music royalty, has died, according to Rolling Stone. He was 81.

Campbell was the original country crossover musician, with hits like Rhinestone Cowboy and By the Time I Get to Phoenix reaching both country and pop charts.

He charted 81 songs and sold more than 45 million albums during his career.

Born in Arkansas, Campbell picked up a guitar at age 4 and dropped out of school at 16 to play full time.

He traveled to New Mexico, where he would marry, have a daughter and divorce.

Campbell would later remarry and head to California, where he became a session player, cranking out guitar parts in recording studios in Los Angeles.

Campbell signed a record deal with Capitol Records in 1962, but was on the verge of being dropped from the label by 1966.

Within three years, he would be one of the biggest stars in music.

In 1967, he recorded Gentle on My Mind. It proved to be his breakout hit and Campbell won two Grammys for the song.

He followed it up with another two-time Grammy winner By the Time I Get to Phoenix and in 1968, the hit Wichita Lineman.

His popularity soaring, Campbell would outsell the Beatles in 1969.

But it was Rhinestone Cowboy that became his signature hit, charting on both the pop and country charts in 1975.

Campbell was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2005.

During his career, Campbell also did some acting, appearing in True Grit with John Wayne in 1969. He also hosted the Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour, a variety show on CBS from 1969-1972.

Diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2011, Campbell went on one final tour, titled the Glen Campbell Goodbye Tour.

In 2012, Campbell received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

Stewart Copeland’s Gizmodrome announce debut album

Stewart Copeland’s Gizmodrome announce debut album


Gizmodrome, featuring Stewart Copeland, Adrian Belew, Mark King and Vittorio Cosma, will release their debut album in September

Gizmodrome have announced that they will release their self-titled debut album later this year.

The all-star band consists of Stewart Copeland, Adrian Belew, Mark King and Vittorio Cosma, with the record scheduled for a September 15 launch via earMUSIC.

One of the album tracks is called Strange Things Happen – and Copeland says the title is appropriate to the way the project came together.

He explains: “Vittorio and I have been playing together for years in Italy, but it got serious when Adrian and Mark joined us for 15 days of wild creativity in a Milan recording studio.

“If you put the right guys together in a rehearsal room, ‘strange things’ definitely happen!”

King recalls: “Stewart texted me and asked if I fancied joining him and some of his friends in a studio in Milan – and next thing, I’m banging out basslines to his ferocious beats with Mr Adrian Belew bouncing sounds off the walls that I never heard before. And Vittorio, who somehow always pulls it all together. That is Gizmodrome!”

“Gizmodrome totally surprised me,” Adrian Belew says. “I went into a studio in Italy not knowing what to expect and by the end of day one of recording I knew two things – the musical chemistry was incredibly exciting and we were having incredible fun!”

Further album details will be revealed in due course but a work in progress version of the track Amaka Pipa can be heard below.