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The biggest feuds in music

SHAUN SPROULE

 

Being in a band can be much like being in a relationship: sometimes things just don’t work out. Perdeby has taken a look at some bands that battled it out, some even to the point where members decided to go their own way.

Blink-182

Co-lead singer and guitarist Tom DeLonge has recently split from this iconic band. Delays dogged the group as they were about to start writing and recording their seventh studio album in January this year. DeLonge’s manager informed the group that he would not be returning as he would rather work on his “non-musical endeavours” just weeks before they were set to start. DeLonge then took to social media claiming that he was not leaving and that the reports were “sanctioned” from the band. The band’s other two members, Travis Barker and Mark Hoppus, have called DeLonge “ungrateful”, “disrespectful” and “disingenuous”, and  are adamant that this time the band will remain separated.

Guns N’ Roses

This band had what is probably one of the messiest band breakups in rock history, and the fighting still goes on to this day. The band, which broke up in 1993 after only six years of fame, decided to split up after they just could not get along. Lead singer Axl Rose began arriving late for live shows, and after disagreements about signing the band’s name away to a record company the other members decided it was time to leave. Rose resorted to name calling, referring to lead guitarist, Slash, as a “cancer,” and when they were due to be indicted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame,Rose refused to attend because he would have to be in the same room as his former band members.

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The Pale Emperor: Marilyn Manson

EMMA PAULET

A handful of thought-provoking songs interspersed with tracks specifically designed to frighten conservatives, at least one melancholy ballad and a final track implying oblivion: the track list we’ve come to expect from Marilyn Manson is still there, it’s just harder to draw distinctions.

Changes in Manson’s methodology could already be sensed when listening to the singles from his latest album, The Pale Emperor. “Third day of a seven day binge” is as repetitive as binging itself and proves that there is more to Manson’s vocal range than smashed absinthe bottles washed down with extra absinthe. “Deep six” has been called a dance floor hit, and once you reach the twenty-eighth second of the track you can tell why. It also has an intriguing music video, directed by Bart Hess, which is surprisingly mild for Manson but is disturbing nevertheless. ‘Cupid carries a gun” has been used as the theme song for the American TV series, Salem, and is apt in calling to mind a witch-hunt.

Fans will be glad to know that Manson’s trademark double entendres abound, along with references to mythology (“Wanna know what Zeus said to Narcissus?” he asks in “Deep six”). It’s also evident that he’s been reading Goethe as a lot of the songs involve Hell. The track that makes Manson’s literary interest most apparent is “The Mephistopheles of Los Angeles”.

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Shortstraw: growing up, staying young

KYLE OBERHOLZER

Johannesburg indie rock sensation Shortstraw have drawn massive crowds to performances with hits like “Bikini weather” and “Good morning, Sunshine”. Perdeby spoke to the band about their latest album, Youthless.

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The Script wows SA for a second time

CHAD JOHNSTON

There was a buzz in the air at the Coca Cola Dome in Johannesburg on 4 February when Irish wonder band The Script arrived to rock out. The crowd wasn’t as large as expected because the venue was changed on short notice from Crocodile Creek Polo Club in Lanseria. On top of that, all the local acts which were expected to perform had suddenly dropped out. Those who were there, however, weren’t disappointed at all.
Phillip Phillips, winner of the 11th season of American Idol, opened the show with a 45 minute set which left the crowd in ecstasy. Phillips sang some of his hit songs like “Gone, gone, gone” and “Raging fire”. His fun attitude coupled with his crisp sounding voice really set the concert up beautifully. He definitely brought up the energy which had been lacking due to the crowd waiting almost two hours for the band to perform.
When they finally got onto the stage, The Script was engulfed by the roar of the crowd. The band delivered an outstanding performance by using fantastic crowd interaction and some great effects. Lead singer Danny O’Donoghue had the audience wrapped around his finger. It seemed as if he was there to have a great time and he showed this by performing several stunts which other artists may have been slightly more apprehensive about.

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Notes on love: prominent couples in the music industry

KOJO ESSAH AND ELMARIEKRUGER

Couples are everywhere. We see them in our schools, on the streets, even on our televisions. We know about TV and movie star- couples such as Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie but when it comes to couples in music we tend to know less about the blossoming relationships that are currently occurring in our music industry. This Valentine’s, Perdeby is going to highlight the famous love-pairs in today’s music world.

Alicia Keys, considered to be one of the greatest R&B singers of our generation is currently married to hip-hop producer Kasseem Dean, better known as Swizz Beatz. Alicia Keys came to musical prominence with the release of her debut music album Songs in a Minor. She has won over 105 awards for both her music and acting. Swizz Beatz has produced many hit singles for popular artists such as Chris Brown and Whitney Houston and has enjoyed success from other ventures. The couple got married in Corsica on 31 July 2010, and have a son called Egypt Daoud.

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