Band Photo: Marilyn Manson (?)
From: Tampa Bay, FL, United States
Last Known Status: Active
Forming in 1989, the original Marilyn Manson line-up consisted of part-time journalist Manson (b. Brian Warner, 5 January 1969, Canton, Ohio, USA; vocals/tape loops), Daisy Berkowitz (guitar), Olivia Newton-Bundy (bass) and Zsa Zsa Speck (keyboards), later joined by Sara Lee Lucas (drums) - all the band members assuming forenames of female icons and surnames of famous murderers. Bundy and Speck were replaced at the end of 1989 by Gidget Gein and Madonna Wayne Gacy (b. Steve Bier), respectively.
The best description I think I have ever seen of Manson comes from RollingStone Magazine. It goes like this:
"Imagine Alice Cooper times 10. Picture KISS on an acid and whiskey bender. Marry the gross-out hilarity of G.G. Allin with the ubiquity of Howard Stern. Combine the "search and destroy" frenzy of Iggy Pop with the godless zeal of Ozzy Osbourne. Take two cups of the devil and throw in a pinch of P.T. Barnum, and you still can't fathom all that is...Marilyn Manson."
To me this describes the whole aura and prescence of Manson. The band has caused controversy with almost everything they have done. Manson has been sued, arrested, and banned in certain cities from playing live. They were accused of providing the thoughts that were brought out during the 'Columbine School Shootings' with one of their song's lyrics.
To fans, Manson is a God. His live shows are as heavy and exciting as any other metal tour around. During live performances Manson has been known to piss on the crowd, kill chickens, engage in sexual acts, tear the Bible, stab himself, and the list goes on.
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The video that was reportedly used by Britney Spears during costume changes on her 2009 "Circus" tour has been posted online at fans' requests. The video in question feature Spears writhing around at a orgy masquerade party set to Marilyn Manson's 1995 cover of "Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)."
Here's Britney's version:
Here's Manson's original cover music video:
Which do you prefer?
That most metal of holidays is almost upon us again, but you may want something more than candy corn and blood colored cocktails to get you in the Halloween spirit this weekend. Earlier this month we covered the most over the top horror themed clips as well as videos that focus on the demonic and the diabolic, but that still leaves a good deal of ground to cover. For today’s edition of metal videos to get you in the Halloween mood we’ll take a look at the creepy, the atmospheric, and the disturbing.
Marilyn Manson – “This is Halloween”
While his metal cred is definitely questionable, Marilyn Manson does have the Halloween image down pat. Check out the quintessential “This is Halloween” clip below, set to scenes from Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas.”
Although it wasn't expected until December, the organizers of Australia's Soundwave Festival have made their second band announcement. Joining the 60 bands already announced are Staind, Wednesday 13, Unearth, Cathedral, Shadows Fall, Heaven Shall Burn, Your Demise, Kittie, and 14 other (mostly non-metal) bands.
Hole has pulled out of the festival after frontwoman Courtney Love refused to play before Limp Bizkit. Soundwave boss AJ Maddah said on Twitter that he was "relieved we got the moody old cow off the bill. [There’s] no point talking her back, only for her to cancel later, or turn up & act like a rotten twat to other artists, fans, etc."
A third announcement in early December will add another five bands to the lineup, and Danzig is one of the confirmed possibilities. More...
Organizers of the Australian Soundwave Festival have made the first official lineup announcement. Joining the reformed Coal Chamber as previously reported will be headline acts System Of A Down, Slipknot, Limp Bizkit, Marilyn Manson, Machine Head, Lamb Of God and Trivium as well as 53 other bands.
Bands of particular interest to metal fans include Devin Townsend Project, Dillinger Escape Plan, Black Label Society, Mastodon, Steel Panther, Meshuggah, Hatebreed, Biohazard, Dragonforce, Gojira, Kvelertak, Hellyeah, Chimaira, Watain, and Turisas.
A second announcement for the series of one day festivals is reportedly coming in December, with 88 bands expected to be included in the final billing. More...
Harmonix and MTV Games today announced the complete lineup for the upcoming Rock Band 3 video game, which includes several metal tracks. Rock Band 3 will be released October 26th in North America and October 29th in the rest of the world. The complete list of songs on the game, including the non-metal tracks, is as follows:
Amy Winehouse, "Rehab"
Anthrax, "Caught in a Mosh"
At the Drive-In, "One Armed Scissor"
Avenged Sevenfold, "The Beast & the Harlot"
Beach Boys, "Good Vibrations (Live)"
Big Country, "In a Big Country"
Blondie, "Heart of Glass"
Bob Marley, "Get Up, Stand Up"
Chicago, "25 or 6 to 4"
David Bowie, "Space Oddity"
Deep Purple, "Smoke on the Water"
Def Leppard, "Foolin’"
Devo, "Whip It"
Dio, "Rainbow in the Dark"
Dire Straits, "Walk of Life"
Doobie Brothers, "China Grove"
Dover, "King George"
Echo & the Bunnymen, "The Killing Moon"
Elton John, "Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting"
Faith No More, "Midlife Crisis" More...
Harmonix has now announced more of the 83 songs that will be included in the upcoming Rock Band 3 video game, including a string of metal tracks. The currently announced tracks, including the non-metal songs, are as follows:
Bob Marley & the Wailers - "Get Up, Stand Up"
INXS - "Need You Tonight"
Poni Hoax - "Antibodies"
Rammstein - "Du Hast" in German
Roxette - "The Look"
Tokio Hotel - "Humanoid"
HIM - "Killing Loneliness"
Maná - "Oye Mi Amor" in Spanish
Slipknot - "Before I Forget"
War - "Low Rider"
Metric - "Combat Baby"
Rilo Kiley - "Portions for Foxes"
Them Crooked Vultures - "Dead End Friends"
The Vines - "Get Free"
The White Stripes - "The Hardest Button to Button"
Phoenix - "Lasso"
Ida Maria - "Oh My God"
Juanes - "Me Enamora"
Jane's Addiction - "Been Caught Stealing"
Stone Temple Pilots - "Plush"
Smash Mouth - "Walkin' on the Sun"
Spacehog - "In the Meantime"
Dio - "Rainbow in the Dark" More...
Yahoo News has issued the following report about shock rocker Marilyn Manson settling a lawsuit with former band member Stephen Bier:
A contentious lawsuit between Marilyn Manson and former bandmate Stephen Bier has been settled without the multimillion judgment the keyboardist initially sought, court records show. An agreement calls for attorneys representing former Bier to be paid $380,000. Manson's insurance company will pay $175,000 while the rest will be paid by Bier's former business managers, Manson's attorney Howard King said.
Bier sued the shock rocker for $20 million in 2007, claiming the singer kept money from him and spent it to furnish a lavish lifestyle buying Nazi memorabilia, an engagement ring and other exotic goods. Manson denied Bier's claims and said Bier didn't properly perform his duties as a band member.
Bier, who went by the stage name Madonna Wayne Gacy, was among the original members of Manson's band when it was known as Marilyn Manson and The Spooky Kids. The case had been scheduled to go to trial this month after frequent delays and months of fighting between the two sides over depositions, documents and scheduling.More...
After stints with KMFDM, Marilyn Manson and SKOLD vs. KMFDM, as producer/songwriter/guitarist/bassist, Tim Skold is once again recording as SKOLD.
Growing from production duties on Marilyn Manson’s cover versions of “Tainted Love” and “Personal Jesus” to songwriting and production duties on the Marilyn Manson albums "Golden Age Of Grotesque" and "Eat Me, Drink Me," SKOLD has "returned darker, harder and heavier than ever," according to the press release.
The song, “I Will Not Forget” from the all new forthcoming SKOLD album, will be featured in Episode #107 of ABC’s new epic drama “FlashForward,” airing November 5, 2009.
Two more songs, "A Dark Star" and "Bullets Ricochet" will also be available. For previews and links go to skold.com.
The full length SKOLD album release is slated for early 2010.
16volt makes a triumphant return with their latest album, American Porn Songs featuring the band's trademark layering of heavy, aggressive guitars over pummeling electronics and beats. This album includes guests Steve White (KMFDM), Joseph Bishara (Rasputina, Danzig), Bildeaux Sarver (OHN, Scum of the Earth), Sean Payne (Cyanotic), Jason Bazinet (Chemlab, SMP), Tim Skold (Marilyn Manson, KMFDM), Jeremy Inkel (Front Line Assembly, Left Spine Down), Scott Robison (Drøne), and 16volt mainstay and Mike Peoples (Skrew, Daniel Ash Band).
More details and ordering can be found here.
Hatchet Dawn has issued the following update about supporting Marilyn Manson on four tour dates:
"Hatchet Dawn will be supporting Marilyn Manson for 4 dates on his 2009 Australian tour. Wednesday 7th and Thursday 8th October 2009 at Thebarton Theatre in Adelaide. Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th October 2009 at Festival Hall in Melbourne.
"Visit this location for further information and ticket purchasing."
Winnipeg police blocked off Portage Ave. and called in for backup as rowdy fans poured out of Winnipeg's MTS Centre late Sunday (September 13) night after a Marilyn Manson concert. It's unknown how many people were arrested but several people were seen being taken away in handcuffs.
Manson is touring to promote his new album, "The High End of Low." Here are Manson's upcoming tour dates: More...
Tonight's Headbangers Ball on MTV2 at 2 AM ET/PT will feature The Black Dahlia Murder and other bands discussing the video music awards. The show will also feature the following lineup of videos:
Guns N' Roses – “Welcome to the Jungle”
Guns N' Roses – “November Rain”
Mötley Crüe - "Don't Go Away Mad (Just Go Away)"
Marilyn Manson - "The Beautiful People"
Shock rock veteran Marilyn Manson has announced that he will be heading to the United Kingdom for a headlining tour this December. No word has been given yet on who will be serving as the support act on the tour.
The tour dates are as follows:
December 9th - London Brixton 02 Academy
December 13th - Birmingham 02 Academy
December 14th - Manchester 02 Academy
December 17th - Nottingham Trent FM Arena
Tonight’s Headbanger’s Ball, which airs on MT2V at 2AM EDT, will be a special on the upcoming “Beatles: Rock Band” game. The set list will be as follows:
Killswitch Engage On The Beatles Rock Band
Hatebreed - "In Ashes They Shall Reap"
Marilyn Manson On The Beatles Rock Band Edition
Kittie - "Cut Throat"
Killswitch Engage - "My Curse"
Slayer On Rock Band
August Burns Red - "Meddler”
Bullet for My Valentine - "Waking the Demon"
Bullet For My Valentine On Rock Band
Iwrestledabearonce - "You Ain't No Family"
The Black Dahlia Murder - "What A Horrible Night To Have A Curse"
Halestorm - "I Get Off"
Chart Attack has an interesting piece that tells about an interaction at a Marilyn Manson autograph session.
"Manson was signing autographs at a meet-and-greet event in Florida recently when Black Dahlia Murder frontman Trevor Strnad reportedly came up to him and yelled, 'Welcome to the freak show!' according to a BANG! Showbiz article printed in the New Zealand Herald.
"The article reports Manson retaliated by writing 'I hate those fucks' on the tablecloth in front of a fan before he got up and said he wanted to "rape" Strnad's face and took a swing at him. Security intervened and no one was hurt."
UPDATE: Lambgoat announced that they emailed BDM and were told that this story is bogus, and that a different member of the band actually said something. Good story all the same, though.
The Rockstar Mayhem Fest has added a stop in Oklahoma City, OK on August 16th at the Zoo Amphitheatre to their itinerary. Once again, the touring festival this year is co-headlined by Slayer and Marilyn Manson. Also on the bill is Killswitch Engage, All That Remains, Cannibal Corpse, God Forbid, Behemoth, Trivium, Bullet For My Valentine, The Black Dahlia Murder, Whitechapel and Job For A Cowboy.
You can check out the latest tour dates and buy tickets here.
Marilyn Manson returns to Australia in October for their first tour since the release of "Eat Me, Drink Me" two years ago. The new tour will see the return of bassist Twiggy Ramirez to the Manson family, whose touring line up will consist of Marilyn Manson (Vocals), Twiggy Ramirez (Guitar), Ginger Fish (Drums), Chris Vrenna (Keyboards) and Andy Gerold (Bass).
Marilyn Manson’s seventh album, "The High End of Low," debuted at number 12 on the Australian charts. The album also debuted at number 4 in the US, their highest debut in America in years.
And now after huge demand, Marilyn Manson has announced second shows for both Adelaide and Melbourne. Here are the latest Australian tour dates:
Monday October 5 – Perth, Challenge Stadium
Wednesday October 7 – Adelaide, Thebarton Theatre Thursday October 8 – Adelaide, Thebarton Theatre
Saturday October 10 – Melbourne, Festival Hall
Sunday October 11 – Melbourne, Festival Hall
Wednesday October 14 – Sydney, Hordern Pavilion
Saturday October 17 – Brisbane Entertainment Centre
Tickets for second shows weny on sale Friday July 10th.
The Black Dahlia Murder has announced “Deflorate” as the title of their new album, which is scheduled for a September 15th release. “A Selection Unnatural,” the first single, is currently streaming exclusively on RevolverMag.com.
Vocalist Trevor Strnad comments, “Hear Ye thrashing metal maniacs! We have returned with our most relentless album yet…sure to penetrate and ravage your virgin ears, "Deflorate!" I feel confident that we have outdone what we achieved with our last album... words cannot express the excitement we all feel about the new material. Now this is fucking Death Metal! The boys at Audiohammer Jason Suecof and Mark Lewis have done it again…the result is one beastly sounding album. Last but certainly not least, prepare yourselves to behold the hair raising shred of Georgia's own Ryan Durell Knight! Special thanks to Tony Koehl for the kickass job on the cover art…feast your eyes and ears on this most unholy of spectacles! The time of Defloration is upon us!” More...
Taken directly from Trail of Tears' Myspace:
"Trail of Tears have been confirmed for Quart, Norways biggest mainstream music festival set to take place June 30th to July 4th in Kristiansand, Norway!
"Artists confirmed include among others: Slash & Friends (including Ozzy Osbourne, Ronnie Wood/The Rolling Stones, Jason Bonham, Fergie, John 5), Chris Cornell, KORN, Marilyn Manson, Placebo, Young Jeezy, Ludacris, The Black Eyed Peas and many more.
"Trail of Tears will take part in the Club Quart event on Tuesday, June 30th and will destroy the Caledonien Hall together with fellow Norwegians Blood Red Throne and Neongod!
"For more information, tickets and more, please visit the official Quart website!
"Cheers and see ya!"
The playlist for tonight's MTV2 Headbangers Ball, which airs at 2AM EDT and hosted by Bury Your Dead, is as follows:
ARKAEA - LOCUST (HBB PREMIERE)
EMMURE - FALSE LOVE IN REAL LIFE (HBB PREMIERE)
BURY YOUR DEAD - HURTING NOT HELPING (HBB PREMIERE)
DEVILDRIVER - PRAY FOR VILLAINS
BLACK TIDE - WARRIORS OF TIME
BRING ME THE HORIZON - CHELSEA SMILE
MARILYN MANSON - ARMA-GODDAMN-MOTHER*****-GEDDON
KILLSWITCH ENGAGE - STARTING OVER
MOTIONLESS IN WHITE - GHOSTS IN THE MIRROR