The Week In Music: Johnny Depp And Marilyn Manson's Beautiful Song
File under: collaborations we think are strange yet can't wait to hear. In his latest musical venture, Johnny Depp is partnering with rocker Marilyn Manson to record a cover of Carly Simon's "You're So Vain." The cover will feature Manson on vocals and Depp on drums and guitar, and will appear as a bonus track on Manson's forthcoming album, Born Villain, set to be released May 1. When asked why the pair chose "You're So Vain," Manson told MTV News UK, "We thought [it] was ironic for each other." A song about vanity is definitely ironic for a self-proclaimed Antichrist Superstar and a previously named Sexiest Man Alive. Details on whether Depp will join Manson on his upcoming tour were not revealed, but if he does, we think his Edward Scissorhands look is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.
It was a heavy week of celebrity-on-celebrity smack downs. It seemed like you couldn't surf the Internet without reading about someone dissing someone. First, it was reported that Madonna reportedly gave a negative post-nuptial review to ex Guy Ritchie on the track "I Don't Give A" from her brand-new MDNA album, which hits the streets March 26. "I tried to be a good girl/tried to be your wife/diminish myself and it swallowed my life," she sings on the track. Next up was Katy Perry, who said she didn't want her upcoming duet with BFF Rihanna to be like Shakira and Beyoncé's "Beautiful Liar." (For the record, Perry later tweeted she wasn't dissing anyone.) Finally, Kiss' Gene Simmons and Mötley Crüe's Tommy Lee conducted a tag-team put-down of Rihanna and other pop acts during their summer tour press conference. "It's f***ing pathetic to watch people go out and f***ing karaoke with a bunch of lights and video," opined Lee. "No fake bulls*** — leave that to the Rihanna, Schmihanna and anybody who ends their name with an 'a,'" said Simmons. "This is real stuff." Maybe there's something in the air. Or maybe it's all good fun aimed at a little attention.
Speaking of Simmons, Lee and attention, on March 20 Kiss and Mötley Crüe announced they will join forces for one of the summer's hottest and loudest concert tours. "This will be the definition of bang for buck on this tour," said Kiss' Paul Stanley. "If you want to see more bombs and artillery, you'll have to check out the military." The co-headlining tour kicks off July 20 in Bristow, Va., and will crisscross the United States through September. Interestingly, this isn't the first time Kiss and the Crüe will share a concert bill. Back in 1983, when Ronald Reagan was in office, Cabbage Patch Kids were hot and David Hasselhoff was flying high in "Knight Rider," the two heavyweights, admittedly younger and thinner, teamed for a handful of West Coast dates. As for the 2012 tour, fans can expect 90-minute sets ripe with arena anthems such as "Shout It Out Loud," "Lick It Up," "Rock And Roll All Nite," "Girls, Girls, Girls," "Live Wire" and "Dr. Feelgood." "I think it's a perfect, perfect match," said Mötley Crüe's Nikki Sixx. "Maybe a match made in hell in some places in America."
Who says we don't need no education? Not Alice Cooper. The King of Shock Rock gave the keynote address during a commencement ceremony at Musicians Institute in Los Angeles on March 17. What did the former Vincent Fournier have to say? "First of all, the fact that I am here as your keynote speaker raises a lot of red flags," he joked. "It shows an obvious lack of judgement on your part." Commencement organizers were clearly not lacking in judgement as Cooper laid down a few wise words for the students, calling mediocrity their greatest enemy and encouraging them to be fearless. "If you succeed, you become a genius," he said. "If you fail, you become an idiot. You can always start again." When he's not showing up in our nightmares, Cooper can be pretty refreshing. Oh, and the next time you meet him, you can call him Dr. Cooper — the Musicians Institute also awarded him with an honorary doctorate degree.
Have you ever lusted after the hipster duds of an indie rock star? Lust no more, now you can dress like one. Pete Doherty, formerly of the English rock group the Libertines, has partnered with French boutique the Kooples to offer a fashion line featuring threads he's actually worn and wholeheartedly endorses. So what will it cost you to dress like Pete Doherty? A pretty penny. To buy the outfit Doherty's sporting at the top of this ad, it'll cost you more than $1,500. And there's more outfits and accessories to choose from, so you may want to start saving your allowance now. It's a long (and expensive) way to the top if you want to rock and roll.
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