Mantenna – KISS Booted from Michael Jackson Tribute Concert

August 16, 2011
KISS gets booted from a Michael Jackson tribute concert, Roger Clemens may be in even more trouble now, and a restaurant makes customers promise to turn their cell phones off before they eat...Now I have a Mantenna, ho ho ho!

KISS Booted from Michael Jackson Tribute Concert

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Organizers of an upcoming Michael Jackson tribute show have officially booted KISS from the lineup due to an uproar over negative comments made by Gene Simmons about the King of Pop. After Global Live Events announced KISS would be playing the gig on October 8 in Cardiff, Wales, MJ's estate quickly pointed to Gene’s critical comments about Jackson regarding his molestation trial back in 2005. "Well, you know, where there's smoke there's fire," Simmons said last year to Classic Rock magazine. "There's no question in my mind he molested those kids. Not a doubt." Global Events Live CEO Chris Hunt told the press in a statement that they “fully agree” with the decision “even though Kiss is a band Michael admired.” Poor Gene has had a rough year. [TMZ]

Roger Clemens Gave Court Guards Autographed Baseballs

First he got caught doing performance enhancing drugs. Then he got caught lying to Congress about using performing enhancing drugs. Now he is under investigation for gifts he gave to several courtroom security guards during his performance enhancing perjury trial. A source told the Washington Post that several of the security guards received autographed baseballs from Clemens, which are worth $100 to $400 depending on the buyer. Clemens said the baseballs were "thank you gifts" for providing him protection during his trial, which ended with a mistrial. Several of the guards face either suspension or outright dismissals depending on the outcome of the investigation by the US Marshal's Service. [Deadspin]

Juggalo Found Dead in Ohio River Post Gathering

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According to reports, an Insane Clown Posse follower was found deceased in the Ohio River in western Kentucky on Sunday. Twenty four-year-old Jess Waters was identified by Kentucky State Police after his body was found in the area of Sturgeon Island. Waters was apparently found wearing a Gathering of the Juggalos festival band on his arm. For those of you that don’t know, the now-notorious fest took place in Cave-in-Rock, Illinois over the weekend. According to Union County, KY, coroner Stephen Shouse via the Associated Press, there was no foul play involved. "There was no trauma," Shouse said. More to come…[AP]

Restaurant Literally Tells Customers "Hell No" to Their Cell Phones

Cell phones are one of the chief annoyances of any restaurant experience, just behind children, rude waiters, and realizing that you're voluntarily eating junk food. One restaurant can't fix all of those problems, but they have tackled cell phones. Rogue24, a "fine dining" restaurant in Washington D.C., has become so bothered by all the texting, answering, and calling that they are making their customers sign an agreement that they will not use their cell phone in any way during their three-hour dining experience. Violating the agreement can result in the cancellation of their meal. According to the restaurant, "All guests should be able to enjoy the experiences that surround them at Rogue24 free of distraction.” [Gizmodo]