College of DuPage's student newspaper | Est. 1967

The Courier

College of DuPage's student newspaper | Est. 1967

The Courier

College of DuPage's student newspaper | Est. 1967

The Courier

Cody Wagner

Cody Wagner, Staff Writer

Content by Cody Wagner
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Marilyn Manson Allegations Update

November 22, 2021

Warning. Explicit Content  Recent findings from a newly published article from Rolling Stone titled “Marilyn Manson: The Monster Hiding in Plain Sight”  gives readers an in-depth account of the...

Genesis Concert Review

Genesis Concert Review

November 22, 2021

The notorious prog rock band known as “Genesis” kicked off their North America 2021-2022 Last Domino Tour for two nights on Nov.15 and 16 at the United Center in Chicago, IL. I witnessed the final...

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Cody’s Tips for Concert/Festival Survival

November 15, 2021

Concerts and festivals are magical, enthralling, exhilarating musical events that have shaped the hearts, minds, and souls of people for generations. For music lovers such as myself, going to these events...

Tragedy Strikes at Travis Scott Astroworld Festival

Tragedy Strikes at Travis Scott Astroworld Festival

November 15, 2021

What was at first a night of energy, excitement and fulfillment soon turned into chaos, and ultimately tragedy. On Friday, Nov. 5, rap icon Travis Scott began his two-day Astroworld festival at NRG park...

Limp Bizkit “Still Sucks” Review

Limp Bizkit “Still Sucks” Review

November 8, 2021

Almost a decade has passed since the notorious Nu-Metal act Limp Bizkit released their poorly sold 2011 album “Gold Cobra.” It was an album that left many fans disappointed and enhanced the ``love-hate”...

From Sound to Image: Beastie Boys Story

From Sound to Image: “Beastie Boys Story”

November 1, 2021

Apple TV’s “Beastie Boys Story” follows an inspiring, amusing and emotional tale of three friends who shared an intimate friendship with the world for the past 40 years.  Directed by Spike Jonze,...

From Sound to Image: “The Velvet Underground”

From Sound to Image: “The Velvet Underground”

November 1, 2021

 “The Velvet Underground,” Apple TV’s newest documentary directed by Todd Haynes, touches upon the honest and invigorating story of the New York rock band highlighting its origin, impact, dissolution...

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The Fight Against Manson Continues – Now It’s Esme’s Turn

October 18, 2021

Just three weeks ago one of Marilyn Manson AKA Brian Warner’s accusers, ”Jane Doe, “ reissued a lawsuit in response to charges involving sexual abuse when the two were dating from 2009-2011. The...

My Insane, Fantastic and Invigorating Time at Louder Than Life 2021

My Insane, Fantastic and Invigorating Time at Louder Than Life 2021

October 11, 2021

From Sept. 23-26 I found myself in Louisville, Ky. on one mission and one mission only — to see, hear and rock out to live music. Presented by Danny Wimmer, “Louder Than Life 2021” was yet another...

Riot Fest 2021 in a Nutshell

Riot Fest 2021 in a Nutshell

October 11, 2021

The weekend of Sept. 16-19 will forever be instilled within my memory. That weekend made up for 18 months waiting, canceling and skepticism. As I entered the gates of Riot Fest, I was required to provide...

Sexual Assault Lawsuit from Manson Accuser Refiled After Original Judge Dismissal

Sexual Assault Lawsuit from Manson Accuser Refiled After Original Judge Dismissal

October 4, 2021

In May, Jane Doe, former girlfriend of shock rocker Marilyn Manson (Brian Warner), was one of several women who filed a sexual assault lawsuit against the musician. Doe once again faced the spotlight just...

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Manson pleads Not Guilty in New Hampshire Case

September 13, 2021

Marilyn Manson has officially entered a plea of not guilty on charges of simple assault stemming from a 2019 incident in New Hampshire. Despite the shock rocker’s plea, it does little to help both his...

Kanye West’s new “Donda” album is out now!

Marilyn Manson and DaBaby join Kanye West’s “Donda”

September 13, 2021

On Aug. 26, Kanye West hosted his third listening party, promoting his new album “Donda” that began with two shows at the Mercedes Benz Arena in Atlanta and ended at Soldier Field in Chicago.  The...

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The Black Crowes 2021 Tinley Park Review

September 6, 2021

The concert was meant as a Father’s Day gift to my dad as I surprised him with both the purchase of the tickets and even invited some of his friends as an addition. Alongside my father and friends I...

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In Remembrance: Rolling Stones Drummer Charlie Watts, 1941-2021

September 6, 2021

Tragedy struck the world of rock and roll on Aug. 24 as Rolling Stone’s drummer Charlie Watts died from throat cancer at the age of 80. Watts was one of the biggest names in drumming as both his inspiration...

Woodstock 99: Peace, Love, and Rage

Woodstock 99: Peace, Love, and Rage

August 2, 2021

As we enter into this excited yet questionable summer offering up loads of  concerts and festivals consisting of highly talented artists, we must remember that that the safety and well-being of others...

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Manson Surrenders to Police

July 19, 2021

Shock-rocker Brian Warner, aka Marilyn Manson, officially surrendered to the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) following an arrest warrant for two counts of Class A misdemeanor simple assault and if...

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My Thoughts Regarding the 2021 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees

July 5, 2021

The 2021 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees have two embarrassing omissions. Out of the 16 acts nominated, only seven were selected based upon votes casted by both professionals in the music industry...

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Marilyn Manson Allegations Update #3

July 5, 2021

Shock Rocker Marilyn Manson continues to tread on thin ice as the case against him following allegations of sexual misconduct, rape, assualt, harassment, and even human trafficking as the case continues...

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Marilyn Manson Allegation Update #2

June 21, 2021

 Warning: Article contains descriptions of sexual abuse Two more women have entered the battle against shock rocker Marilyn Manson as the heavy metal icon continues to battle sexual abuse, sexual assault,...

Fish On at Bowies, Nashville Concert Review

April 12, 2021

Fish On Concert Review Cody Wagner, Entertainment Writer [email protected] or [email protected] Written: 4-9-21   The analysis of 6 friends from Tennessee whose performance...

Of Perception- Chicagolands Doors Tribute Performance Review By: Cody Wagner

Of Perception- Chicagoland’s Doors Tribute Performance Review By: Cody Wagner

March 22, 2021

 As I made my way into the doors of the beloved and admired music venue, The Forge in Joliet, IL, I was eager to see the revitalization of creativity that was destined to cross my path in the abstract...

Of Perception Doors Interview

March 22, 2021

Why The Doors? What drew your fascination towards this particular band?    Thomas: I’ve always enjoyed The Doors. I’ve been exposed to them millions of times on the radio, and I’ve...

[Video] Video From Of Perception Performance

March 22, 2021

Attached are videos from the Of Perception performance at The Forge this past Saturday.   https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1MZwytHYfsX4wWHKTJ7GdX0FanjRlSOnM      

South Park Vaccination special marks pinnacle of COVID-19, conspiracy satire

South Park “Vaccination” special marks pinnacle of COVID-19, conspiracy satire

March 15, 2021

President Joseph Biden has announced his goal of making adults eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccination by May 1. South Park aired the “Vaccination Special” signifying creators Matt Stone and Trey...

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WTF!: When do we get our concerts?

March 8, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic created many restrictions for the music industry and prevented live performances. However, as more people receive the vaccine music lovers are wondering when concerts will return.    As...

Marilyn Manson Allegations Update

March 8, 2021

A month has passed since actress Evan Rachel Wood made her allegations against 90s metal icon and shock rocker Marilyn Manson. She accused the artist of inappropriate behavior such as grooming and sexual...

Marilyn Manson Under Siege

Marilyn Manson Under Siege

February 23, 2021

On February 1, 2021actress Evan Rachel Wood came out on social media and accused heavy metal icon Marilyn Manson of sexually and physically abusing the young actress, leaving her in a mental state of pain...

The 2021 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Nominees

The 2021 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Nominees

February 23, 2021

On February 12th, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2021 nominees were announced. This year’s potential class includes: Mary J Blige, Kate Bush, Devo, Foo Fighters, The Go-Go’s, Jay-Z, Chaka Khan, Carole...

Top 5 Most Influential Couples in Rock

Top 5 Most Influential Couples in Rock

February 9, 2021

Love is in the air, Feb. 14th is a day that correlates with this perception. A day that acknowledges and commends the act of love as it brings about human connection and happiness. The idea of being in...

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OPINION: Music survived in 2020, and even found ways to thrive

December 8, 2020

The year “2020 has been crappy, distant, grim and depressing because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Major in-person concerts were canceled and have not been hosted since the start of the pandemic with the...

Stone Temple Pilots pay tribute to anniversary of iconic Purple album with livestream

Stone Temple Pilots pay tribute to anniversary of iconic “Purple” album with livestream

October 20, 2020

To honor their June 1994 album, the Stone Temple Pilots (STP) performed “Purple,” their second album, during their 26th anniversary livestream. The livestream gave recognition and honored Scott Weiland,...

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A sad farewell to one of the greatest guitar players to ever live

October 13, 2020

Eddie Van Halen passed away Oct. 6 following a long and troubling battle with throat cancer. He was one of the best guitar players who ever lived and was a key member of one of the biggest bands to emerge...

Second Lamb of God livestream evokes nostalgia for pre-COVID mosh pits and crowd surfing

Second Lamb of God livestream evokes nostalgia for pre-COVID mosh pits and crowd surfing

September 29, 2020

The sound of pure American heavy metal music consists of fast-paced and thunderous guitars lowered yet rapid baselines, intensely correlated drums and menacing vocals. Each of these factors played a major...

OPINION: Lamb of God livestream album release doesnt sacrifice live concert quality

OPINION: Lamb of God livestream album release doesn’t sacrifice live concert quality

September 22, 2020

This has been very frustrating and difficult year for everybody, especially music fans such as myself. Yes, I can still listen to music on my iPhone, but that’s not why myself and many others are angry...

Album review: Marilyn Mansons We are chaos showcases a still-evolving rockstar

Album review: Marilyn Manson’s “We are chaos” showcases a still-evolving rockstar

September 15, 2020

Many who hear the name Marilyn Manson think of the rockstar who created controversy in the world of music. His onstage antics from wiping his ass with the American flag to tearing pages out of the Bible...

Opinion: Todays pop music is killing the genre

Opinion: Today’s pop music is killing the genre

September 8, 2020

Most music on the most popular radio stations today is garbage. The image of pop music needs to be reformed so the radio industry can still remain alive and a major influence within the world of music. So...

Opinion: The year the music died

August 31, 2020

The year 2020 has been a year of confusion, frustration, chaos and unpredictability. From the horrific effects of the coronavirus to racial tensions to the political divide amongst rival parties these...

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