• 11 Pets of Rock + Metal Stars to Follow on Social Media

    Surely, after enduring a year of a pandemic, your social media feeds are in a terribly sorry state. The same people posting the same thing (which is nothing — it’s a pandemic, nobody has a life), the latest memes you’re already so done with by the next day and the same six photos of some cute animals. Here to liven up your life, once more, we’ve rounded up some lovable doggos and feisty cats who call some famous rock and metal musicians their prideful owners.

    It’s time for some new follows and we’re starting with legendary drummer and his pup Mickey. This Maltese-Yorkie mix of Mike Portnoy’s has amassed over 8,000 followers and is always smiling, sitting comfortably on a lap or nestled up under a blanket on the couch. He’s a brave little cancer survivor, too, deserving of a round of a-paws!

    Keeping with drummers, Motley Crue’s Tommy Lee boasts Nina Da Weena Dog and Teenie the Weenie. Teenie is a very recent addition to the home, after Lee and wife Brittany Furlan said goodbye to their dear Wicky earlier in 2021. Our condolences. Dog Heaven gained another angel that day.

    As you’ll see below, we’ve got plenty more pets to follow from band members. There’s Winston Finnegan Luhrs (August Burns Red’s Jake Luhrs) and his beefy little leg hanging over the couch, the classic dog and cat rivalry within the home of Cattle Decapitation’s Travis Ryan, Ice-T’s chonks and more.

    11 Pets of Rock + Metal Stars to Follow on Social Media

    Mike Portnoy’s Dog Mickey

    Follow Mickey here.

    Motley Crue: Tommy Lee’s Dogs Neena Da Weena Dog + Teenie the Weenie

    Follow Neena here and Teenie here.

    Cattle Decapitation: Travis Ryan’s Dog Ona + Cats Nomi and Patty

    Follow Ona, Nomi and Patty here.

    Body Count: Ice-T’s Dogs King Maximus and Princess Alexus

    Follow King Maximus and Princess Alexus here.

    Trivium: Paolo Gregoletto’s Dogs – Lady and Mochi

    Follow Lady and Mochi here.

    August Burns Red: Jake Luhrs’ Dog Winston Finnegan Luhrs

    Follow Winston Finnegan Luhrs here.

    The Word Alive: Telle Smith’s Dogs Colby Jack + Darby

    Follow Colby Jack here and Darby here.

    Ex-Machine Head/Sacred Reich: Dave McClain’s Dog Mr. Indy McClain

    Follow Mr. Indy McClain here.

    49 Rock + Metal Artists Pose With Their Pets

  • Britney Spears alludes to conservatorship documentary on social media: “Each person has their story”

    In an oblique post on social media, Britney Spears appears to have responded to the recently released documentary, Framing Britney Spears, which examines the singer’s life under conservatorship.

    In a recent Instagram post, Spears shared footage of her performing ‘Toxic’ live from three years ago. In its caption, she writes about how she is “taking the time to learn and be a normal person”, and brings up how the public’s perception of a celebrity is different to how “the actual person living behind the lens”.

    “I’ll always love being on stage …. but I am taking the time to learn and be a normal person ….. I love simply enjoying the basics of every day life !!!!” Spears wrote.

    “Each person has their story and their take on other people’s stories !!!! We all have so many different bright beautiful lives !!!

    “Remember, no matter what we think we know about a person’s life it is nothing compared to the actual person living behind the lens !!!!”

    Framing Britney Spears was produced by the New York Times and broadcast in the US last weekend on FX and FX On Hulu. The documentary explores the pop star’s rise to prominence, her legal conservatorship and the related #FreeBritney movement.

    Spears was not interviewed for the documentary, with a statement at the end of the film noting that producers attempted to contact her multiple times.

    Under the current conservatorship arrangement, Spears’ father Jamie and the Bessemer Trust financial company are legally empowered to make important decisions around Spears’ finances, business projects and personal circumstances.

    After the premiere of the documentary, Spears’ boyfriend Sam Asghari said he would “continue to support her following her dreams”. He later posted an Instagram story in which he called Jamie Spears “a total dick”.

    “Now it’s important to understand that I have zero respect for someone trying to control our relationship and constantly throwing obstacles our way,” he wrote. “In my opinion, Jamie is a total dick.”

    “I won’t be going into details because I’ve always respected our privacy but at the same time I didn’t come to this country to not be able to express my opinion and freedom,” Asghari, who is from Iran, added.

    Jamie Spears stepped back from his duties in 2019 due to health issues, with Jodi Montgomery appointed as a temporary conservator. Britney Spears’ legal team sought to remove Jamie from the conservatorship, but this was denied in court late last year.

    As the New York Times reports, a hearing is scheduled for this Thursday (February 11) in Los Angeles, which will likely discuss Jamie and the trust’s role in managing Spears’ estate.

    In December 2020, Jamie Spears defended his role as his daughter’s conservator. “I love my daughter and I miss her very much,” he told CNN.

    “When a family member needs special care and protection, families need to step up, as I have done for the last 12-plus years, to safeguard, protect and continue to love Britney unconditionally.

    “I have and will continue to provide unwavering love and fierce protection against those with self-serving interests and those who seek to harm her or my family.”

  • Social Media Is ‘Very Narcissistic’ + ‘Not Very Healthy’

    Maynard James Keenan is a man who likes to unplug from the increasing pace of everyday life, which is largely fueled by cell phones and social media. He often ponders the consequences and cultural shifts attributed to human behavior on the Internet and in an October interview with Metal Hammer, which was just published online, the Tool, Puscifer and A Perfect Circle frontman explained why these habits are unhealthy.

    This latest criticism should come as no surprise to fans, who know all too well that Keenan’s bands outright ban the use of cell phones at their shows. When Puscifer’s livestream concert where they performed their latest record, Existential Reckoning, in full, viewers did not have the usual chat options at their disposal. Even at home, Maynard wants you engaged and fully immersed in the moment.

    The singer goes through great lengths for his art and demands the attention of those who consume it — it’s that simple.

    Concerning social media, Keenan views these various communication platforms as something that limits user experience.

    “I feel like social media and the internet has really driven a wedge in between people,” the singer asserted. “Just the whole concept of liking a thing, or not liking a thing, and then having whatever you see for the next several months be exactly what you want see and not what you don’t want to see… It’s like staring into a mirror — very narcissistic and it’s not very healthy.”

    Because of these customized user experiences, Keenan stressed, “So that division gets wider and wider, the polarization; every conversation online starts with an argument.”

    Despite his disdain for social media and rampant cell phone usage at live concerts (remember those?), Keenan is not incapable of offering a reward to those who oblige his rules. Just watch this crowd at an A Perfect Circle show in 2018 erupt when the frontman gave them his blessing to take their phones out of their pockets.