Marilyn Manson’s insurance coverage will pay $175,000 to settle a lawsuit brought against him by a former member of his band, but all of the money will go to the plaintiff’s attorney, a lawyer for the goth rocker said today. Stephen Bier, better known by the stage names Pogo and Madonna Wayne Gacy, brought his breach-of contract case in Los Angeles Superior Court in August 2007 against Manson, whose real name is Brian Warner.
Bier, who was seeking more than $20 million, alleged Manson used money from their former band partnership to buy items ranging from Nazi paraphernalia to a $150,000 engagement ring for ex-wife Dita Von Teese, depriving him of his partnership share. Manson’s lawyer, Howard E. King, said Bier will not get any proceeds and that the settlement check will be made payable to Bier’s lead attorney to cover the costs of the latter’s investment in the case. King maintains the lawsuit never should have been filed. “After being dismissed from the band, Bier could have focused on resurrecting or attempting to pursue a music career,” King said. “Instead, he devoted the last several years to complaining about Manson’s alleged spending habits and extravagant behavior to anyone who would listen.”
”The resolution of the bitterly fought case with Bier receiving nothing for his spurious claims is a complete vindication of Manson,” the attorney said. The complete resolution of the case is still dependent upon the resolution of a $72,000 lien for attorneys’ fees sought by the law firm of Grodsky & Olecki, which was among numerous other named defendants. The potential snag in the settlement came Thursday when Grodsky & Olecki filed a lien for attorneys’ fees stemming from their successful effort to persuade Stern to dismiss all of Bier’s allegations against them in November 2007. Stern’s ruling was upheld by a panel of the 2nd District Court of Appeal on June 4. The firm now wants to be paid from the settlement money. On Friday, Stern scheduled a hearing for Jan. 15 on any further motions regarding the settlement. Grodsky & Olecki represented both Bier and Manson while they were involved in previous litigation involving a third party. The allegations against the firm involved Bier’s contention that it breached its duty to him with a “threat letter” that was “a transparent attempt by Manson to frighten Bier into leaving the band,” according to the keyboardist’s court papers. But Stern agreed with the firm’s lawyers that the letter was written in contemplation that Bier might file a lawsuit and was therefore protected.
Just received a new update from Chris Laney today regarding his next solo album. In case you don’t know Chris Laney is a producer at legendary Polar Studios in Stockholm, Sweden. He is also a well-known song-writer/singer/guitarist. He used to be in Zan Clan and Randy Piper´s Animal, but since the release of his solo debut he has been focusing on his solo career and working full time at Polar Studios it is very hard to have it any other way
Chris Laney is hiding away in the dungeons of Polar Studios in Stockholm, he is set on writing-mode for solo-album nr 2 wich is planned to be released spring 2010. So far a few killer tracks have been written. Just as on his debut album as a solo-artist, he has invited a few friends over to Polar Studios. Just as last time, one song is co-written with Bruce Kulick (KISS, Union, Grand Funk etc). Another song is co-written with guitarist Conny Bloom (Hanoi Rocks, Electric Boys). The album is planned to be released late April or beginning May 2010. Some other friends are on the way to Sweden to meet with Chris Laney in his song-writer dungeon. In a few days a guitarist from Los Angeles will land in Stockholm. We will get back with more information as the work progress. Keep your eyes open and ears unplugged!!
Dirty Penny released a new CD, Young and Reckless in 2009. Check out their brand new video, “If I Were You, I’d Hate Me Too”!
We have seen a crazy amount of good bands come of Sweden in the last couple of years. In 2007, Swedish rockers Bonafide released their self titled debut. I enjoyed their first disc quite a bit, but Bonafide has far exceeded that album with their sophomore effort “Something’s Dripping”. What does Bonafide sound like? How about Paul Shortino on steroids, fronting a band the caliber of Rhino Bucket. This is bluesy pub rock at its finest.
If the opening track “Dirt Bound” doesn’t knock you down on the first play, the following cut, “Hard Livin’ Man” will certainly deliver that one-two punch.
Mia Coldheart from Crucified Barbara shares vocal duties with Pontus Snibb on “Straight Shooters” I can only describe this as one bad-assed tune.
There are parts of the song “Elvis Chapel Blues” where Pontus Snibb nearly sounds like Paul Stanley from KISS. I think the song also has a Krokus like vibe going for it. Cool tune.
“Dog” is a high octane head banger that has to be fun to see live. (Neck brace is optional).
“Butter You Up” starts off a triumvirate of kickass rockers to close out Something’s Dripping.
I am a sucker for the bluesy riffs of “Swan Song”. If you don’t find your self rocking out to this tune, then your headphones must be broken.
The closer “Sicker Than I Think” sees Bonafide channeling their inner AC/DC, and it flat out rocks.
Go ahead and “Fill Your Head With Rock” by checking out Bonafide’s myspace here. Something’s Dripping may not be completely original, but it certainly entertaining! This is the type of music that will make you want to crack open a cold one, and enjoy your weekend! Recommended!
Rating: Out of 10
01. Dirt Bound
02. Hard Livin´man
03. No Doubt About It
04. Straight Shooters
05. Elvis Chapel Blues
06. Fill Your Head With Rock
08. Shot of You
09. Butter You Up
10. Swan song
11. Sicker Than I Think
Pontus Snibb – Guitar & Lead Vocals
Mikael Fässberg – Guitar & Background Vocals
Sticky Bomb – Drums
Micke Nilsson – Bass & Background Vocals