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Marilyn Manson

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Formed: 1989
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.

Latest Marilyn Manson News

Below is our complete Marilyn Manson news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Lynyrd Skynyrd Collaborates with John 5

Classic rockers Lynyrd Skynyrd hit the studio with Marilyn Manson guitarist John 5 for a collaboration that is sure to puzzle many fans.

Skynyrd is planning to release their first album since 2003's "Vicious Cycle" and John 5 is at the controls.

Guitarist Rickey Medlocke is keen to answer devotees who fear Manson's man is too heavy for Lynyrd Skynyrd.

He says, "Everybody thought, 'My god, you are going to write with this guy? How is that ever going to work?' But this guy came in and is really multi-talented in all genres."

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Musicians To Appear On Music Documentary

A variety of musicians, actors, journalists and more will be featured in the upcoming documentary "The Heart Is A Drum Machine". According to the press release, the film "explores music's role in shaping human history, the profound connection people have had to music throughout human history, how it has shaped our experiences and its involvement in our daily lives." In addition to providing his thoughts in the film, Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan will contribute a cover of Elton John's "Rocket Man". Other notable artists featured include Page Hamilton (Helmet), Wes Borland (Black Light Burns, Marilyn Manson), Gene Hoglan (Strapping Young Lad, etc.), John Frusciante (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Brendon Small (Dethklok) and many more. Put together by Zu33 Films, production on the effort has just been completed.

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Ex-Limp Bizkit Guitarist Joins Marilyn Manson

Marilyn Manson has announced the addition of Black Light Burns/ex-Limp Bizkit guitarist Wes Borland to his touring and recording band. You can check out the announcement below.

Wes Borland initially found fame as the facepainted guitarist for controversial rap metallers Limp Bizkit but left after the bands smash hit album, "Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavoured Water," though rejoined the band to record 2006's "The Unquestionable Truth- Part 1." He has since left the band again and is said to be on bad terms with Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst. More...

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Big Names Announced For Metal Christmas Album

A new metal christmas album named "Metal Christmas" has been announced which will feature some of the biggest names in heavy metal music taking part with the following tracklisting confirmed:

"Run Rudolph Run"
Vocal/bass: Lemmy Kilmister (MOTÖRHEAD)
Guitar/vocals: Billy F. Gibbons (ZZ TOP)
Drums/vocals: Dave Grohl (FOO FIGHTERS)

"Santa Claus Is Coming To Town"
Vocal: Alice Cooper
Bass: Billy Sheehan (MR. BIG/ NIACIN)

"God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen"
Vocal: Ronnie James Dio
Guitar: Tony Iommi (Heaven And Hell/ Black Sabbath)
Bass: Rudy Sarzo (WHITESNAKE/DIO)
Drums: Simon Wright (AC/DC/DIO) More...

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Release Date Set For New John5 Album

John5’s (Rob Zombie, ex-Marilyn Manson), new album "Requiem" will hit stores on June 3rd. A track from the album titled “Sounds of Impalement” can be streamed on the band's MySpace page.

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Manson's "Irresponsible Hate Anthem" Live w/ King

Marilyn Manson performed "Irresponsible Hate Anthem" live at the Wiltern in Hollywood late last month, joined by Slayer's Kerry King. You can watch the performance on YouTube or below. More...

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Marilyn Manson Speaks On Reunion WIth Twiggy

Marilyn Manson spoke to RollingStone.com about his reunion with longtime collaborator guitarist Twiggy Ramirez for Manson's Eat Me, Drink Me tour.

Though the two had already re-connected during a chance meeting on the streets of Los Angeles, it was Manson witnessing another reunion that inspired him to invite Twiggy back. "The turning point for me was when I went to see LED ZEPPELIN's reunion show, and I saw Jimmy Page and Robert Plant look at each other for a moment, and they probably said, 'Holy shit, we wrote 'Stairway To Heaven'.' I wanted that look again," Manson explains. "I want to look at Twiggy and go 'Holy shit, we wrote 'The Beautiful People'.' I called him and I said 'Let's go do this.'" Plus, the duo had some unfinished business. "We started music together because we wanted to bring about the apocalypse, and we realized we didn't finish," Manson says. "The world could suffer much more if we were together again, and we really wanted to bring back the suffering."

Read the full article at Rolling Stone.

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Twiggy Ramirez Rejoins Marilyn Manson

Bassist Twiggy Ramirez (real name: Jeordie White) has rejoined MARILYN MANSON for the group's upcoming North American tour. Joining Manson and Twiggy on stage for the U.S. leg of the "Rape of the World Tour" will be Chris Vrenna, Rob Holliday, and Ginger Fish. Tim Skold has amicably split with Manson, but future collaborations aren't being ruled out between the two.

According to a posting on Marilyn's web site, expectations for the upcoming tour are best described by quoting one of Manson's most infamous lyrics, "Everyone will suffer now." More...

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Marilyn Manson and Dita Von Teese Divorce Official

Just the news you've all been waiting for, a judgment of divorce for Marilyn Manson and Dita Von Teese was entered in Los Angeles County Superior Court on Thursday (December 27), and dissolved the marriage of petitioner Heather R. Sweet (Dita) and one Brian H. Warner (Manson). The court documents are available on TMZ.

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Manson's Music Featured in "Funny Games" Movie

Marilyn Manson’s "Mutilation Is The Most Sincere Form Of Flattery" taken from his latest album, "Eat Me, Drink Me," is in the film Funny Games. You can view the movie's trailer here.

As previously reported, Manson recently announced tour dates for an North American tour in January and February next year.

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Marilyn Manson Release North American Tour Dates

MARILYN MANSON has lined up the following upcoming North American tour dates for early next year:

January 19 - Orlando, FL @ Hard Rock Live
January 20 - Miami Beach, FL @ Fillmore At Jackie Gleason Theater
January 22 - Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle
January 24 - Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live!
January 26 - Boston, MA @ Orpheum Theatre
January 27 - Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
January 29 - New York, NY @ Hammerstein Ballroom
January 30 - New York, NY @ Hammerstein Ballroom
February 1 - Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
February 2 - Columbus, OH @ Lifestyle Communities Pavilion
February 4 - Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore Detroit
February 5 - Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom
February 7 - Milwaukee, WI @ Eagles Ballroom
February 8 - Minneapolis, MN @ Myth
February 10 - St. Louis, MO @ Pageant
February 11 - Kansas City, MO @ Uptown Theater
February 13 - Denver, CO @ Fillmore Auditorium
February 14 - Magna, UT @ The Great Saltair
February 16 - Vancouver, BC @ Orpheum
February 18 - Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theatre
February 20 - San Francisco, CA @ Warfield Theatre
February 22 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern
February 23 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern
February 25 - San Diego, CA @ House of Blues

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Marilyn Manson Deals With Bottle Thrower

MARILYN MANSON's performance at the Manchester Central in England Thursday night (December 6) was delayed slightly when the group's bass player was hit by a bottle thrown from the crowd. Manson dealt with the perpetrator by pointing him out to the angry mob and stating, "I just wanna be sure that you guys know that I did not say, 'Beat the shit out of him.' I said, 'No, whatever you do, don't beat the shit out of that guy that raised his hand. No matter what, don't beat that guy's fucking skull in, no matter what."

Watch fan-filmed video footage of Manson's speech below.

Manson has called his sixth studio album, "Eat Me, Drink Me" his most personal record yet, with many of the lyrics inspired by the end of his marriage to burlesque dancer Dita von Teese, the depression that followed, and his new romance with Evan Rachel Wood.

The video for the album's first single, "Heart Shaped Glasses", features several softcore sex scenes between Manson and Wood. When asked by Rolling Stone how her parents reacted to the clip, Manson said, "Well, I had to have a drink with Evan's mother and father. The main thing that needs to be established is that I might share my life with her, but that does not incriminate her in my behavior...Basically, I'm not as bad in the way they'd like to think I am. But I'm bad in a different way. I'm always going to be bad."

The shock rocker also called Wood "the most unique, stand-alone person who doesn't need a relationship with me to further her career." More...

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John 5's Loser Updates MySpace Player

Loser, the former side project of Rob Zombie guitarist and ex-Marilyn Manson guitarist John 5, has updated their MySpace player with four new tracks that would have appeared on their debut album 'Just Like You'. The band split and were dropped from Island Records before the album was released after John 5 decided to continue touring with Rob Zombie.

Drummer Glendon Crain went on to join Godhead, vocalist Joe Grah is currently in South of Earth which also includes former Filter guitarist Geno Lenardo.

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Marilyn Manson Builds Robot Version Of Girlfriend

Billy Sloan of the Glasgow Sunday Mail reports that Marilyn Manson's girlfriend Evan Rachel Wood joins the singer on stage every night during his current tour. Well, almost.

Manson told the Glasgow Sunday Mail: "I've built a robot replica of my girlfriend. She brings me absinthe on stage — like any wonderful girl should.

"There's a very sentimental moment where I slice her head off and perform my sarcastic version of 'Hamlet' with it.

"It's very lifelike. Backstage, people stumble across it and say: 'Hello Evan' — and it's not her. Her response is a strange mix of confusion and amazement."

In 1999, Manson was blamed for being the inspiration for the Columbine high school massacre when two students — said to be fans — shot 13 pupils dead.

And last month a 14-year-old wearing a Manson T-shirt shot four people before killing himself at a school in Cleveland.

Manson told the Glasgow Sunday Mail: "If a kid wants to be violent all they need to do is join the army. I just want people to feel emotion — good or bad."

Now Manson would like to appear in a TV reality show.

He said: "I'm guilty of watching reality television. It's really shocking how fucked up people are.

"I've been offered a lot but always turned them down. But I'd do one if it involved machine guns and hookers."

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John 5 Instructional DVD Pushed Back

ROB ZOMBIE/ex-MARILYN MANSON guitarist John 5's new instructional DVD, which was previously due by Halloween, has had its release date pushed back to January 2008. John has also started work on a new instrumental CD for a 2008 release.

John 5 released his third solo album, "The Devil Knows My Name", on April 3. The CD features guest guitar solos from two legendary guitarists — Joe Satriani and Eric Johnson — plus SLIPKNOT's Jim Root. Keeping time are John's ZOMBIE bandmates Tommy Clufetos (drums) and Piggy D. (bass). According to a press release, this is the only album that all leads were doubled — an instrumental feat that is rarely taken on by the best of the guitar players.

John 5's second solo album, "Songs for Sanity" (2005), featured guest guitar solos from Steve Vai and Albert Lee. John also worked with KISS frontman Paul Stanley on Stanley's second solo album, "Live to Win", which was released in October.

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Marilyn Manson Returns To Perth, Australia

Returning for the first time since the now-infamous Big Day Out festival in 1999 - when he walked off stage after being hit by a bottle - Marilyn Manson played Perth's Challenge Stadium on Saturday 15th October, with Melbourne all-girl band The Spazzys in support.

As the venue filled with goths and wannabe goths. The Spazzys played some Ramones-inspired pop-punk and received a largely disinterested response, although they weren't booed off stage as apparently happened at the Melbourne show. The crowd were there to see one man and weren't in an accommodating mood. More...

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Marilyn Manson Show Evacuated

Fans attending MARILYN MANSON's concert in Auckland, New Zealand Wednesday night (October 3) were made to evacuate the venue just four songs into the shock rocker's set.

Manson, who was playing a sold-out show in Auckland Town Hall, left the stage and security came on to ask concert goers to leave.

No explanation was given for the evacuation, but excessive smoke from smoke machines on the stage was wafting around the venue.

Firefighters were seen entering the building, and fire engines and ambulances were parked outside.

After a 10-minute delay patrons were allowed back into the venue and Manson continued his set.

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Just For Fun

Spinner Rates Top 20 "Worst Band Fueds"

Spinner is running a top 20 of "Worst Band Fueds," of which hard rock and metal bands make several appearances including:

Marilyn Manson vs. My Chemical Romance (18)
Red Hot Chili Peppers vs. Mr. Bungle (15)
Nirvana vs. Pearl Jam (14)
Dwarves vs. QOTSA (13)
Metallica vs. Megadeth (4)

Of course the list is topped primarily by rappers, but I don't recall when individual rappers constituted a "band."

Read the full article at Spinner.com.

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Slayer Frontman Talks About Manson Tour

David Priest of OnTrackMagazine.com recently conducted an interview with SLAYER bassist/vocalist Tom Araya. A few excerpts from the chat follow:

OnTrackMagazine.com: There seemed to be a little bit of animosity that you guys were goin' on first (before MARILYN MANSON) and that you would even be on tour with somebody like MANSON to begin with, being that his music's very different and not something that the average SLAYER fan would embrace.

Tom: Yeah, it was an odd bill, and we got the audience I figured we were gonna get and that was an audience that people didn't come to see us; the same with MANSON. A lot of the people that came to the show I think came because they wouldn't come to see just MANSON or SLAYER, but since they were playing together, "Let's go check it out." And I think a lot of our crowd was that; we got this kind of crowd on this entire tour. So it did well for everybody because this is our third time now goin' through and we were doin' really well, as far as merch sales we did the same. We did the same amount the last time as this time so we did really well; it showed good numbers for us. We had a really positive growth and response. So it worked out really well for us. Like I said, we were on prime-time, 8 o'clock. The only thing is, like you said, a lot of people just assumed that we would headline, and that was the one thing that we let it be known a long time ago: this is a co-headline bill — but — we're gonna kick his ass every night. (Laughs) We're gonna open up and kick his ass every night. That's by his choice! (Laughs)

OnTrackMagazine.com: Absolutely! Now the rumor backstage, talkin' to some of the people afterwards that had been to some of the earlier shows, especially the L.A. crowd I guess, said the MANSON camp, some of their people, tend to be a little controlling and uptight about the way everything was being handled back there. I guess even your manager had some problems being told he couldn't smoke in certain areas.

Tom: Well yeah, just in general period. For a co-headline, we're the kind of band that if you allow access for somebody… we don't mind not having too much access but if you're wearing the proper credentials you shouldn't be stopped and you shouldn't be questioned and you shouldn't be told you can't go because you don't have the right whatever, you know what I mean? And there was a lot of that going on on this tour and to us; well we're not like that. You got a laminate that says all access, well then goddamnit I guess you're all access, you know what I mean? If you have a VIP that says you get to these areas and you can't go beyond that area, that's great, but they kept changin' the rules, it wasn't our camp. There were issues like that were goin' on through the entire tour and that's one of the reasons why it'll be a one-time run. (Laughing)

OnTrackMagazine.com: (Laughing) Ah, right. I was gonna say chances are this probably won't ever happen again.

Tom: Oh yeah. It's like why? Why would we ever wanta go through this again? It's like, f*ck you. We've been doin' the business that we did with MANSON… we've been pretty much doin' the same business everywhere where we've gone and done it: Unholy and played ourselves, we've done basically the same business. So… to me, I wouldn't want to do that again. (Laughing)

OnTrackMagazine.com: Right on. Now I noticed there was some criticism on the writing of the CD. In my travels I've spoken with quite a few fans that would really; really love to hear more writing from you and Jeff, I know Kerry pretty much did most of what was on this album.

Tom: Yeah, musically, Kerry writes a lot and lyrically, lately, Kerry likes to write to his own music, that's one of the reasons why you don't see me writing to anything that Kerry has musically done because he pretty much writes his own songs to his own music. But I've written songs, actually for "God Hates" I've actually had five songs written on that album; four that I had pretty much complete and one that I was startin' to work on, an idea that I started workin' on, but they didn't want to use any of my ideas. They used two of my melodies, but not any of my song ideas. On past records I've had songs that haven't been used at all, so it's not like I haven't been writing, I have; they just don't use 'em.

OnTrackMagazine.com: (Laughing) they just don't use 'em.

Tom: Yeah they don't, they don't. Me and Jeff, it seems like whenever we collaborate on a song, we tend to write the songs that become favorites. But me and Jeff seem to, whenever we collaborate we click on ideas and stuff and they just kinda fall together whenever we start workin' on 'em. Like "Jihad" was something that just kinda fell together. "Eyes Of The Insane" was something that he had musically and he had some stuff written for a song and then I read an article and the song came to me in the middle of the night. I looked at him and I said, 'Listen, listen, I'm gonna steal this line and I'm gonna title the song "Eyes Of The Insane". And he's like, "Oh, OK." "Yeah, I wanna steal this phrase right here." And then I wrote the song and then put that phrase in the song, you know what I mean?

OnTrackMagazine.com: Right. It's always great when it works that way and it gels that way.

Tom: Yeah. A lot of the stuff that me and Jeff have worked on together just kind of falls into place, which is kinda cool because then I guess we're kind of both "in sync" with our idea of the final vision of the song, you know what I mean? They tend to fall in place and, like I said, Jeff leaves it open for someone to help write or assist; Kerry doesn't, so that's one of the reasons why you see a lot of that. And on this album, the recording process and the writing process, was very similar as to how we did "South" and "Seasons". That's why you can hear the similarities because the writing and the recording processes were very similar on those. The records in between there, they started stepping away from that.

OnTrackMagazine.com: Right, right yeah.

Tom: And to me, you can hear it in the melodies of those albums, you know what I mean?

OnTrackMagazine.com: Yeah I think one of the things that I've noticed on the last few albums is that your vocals have been a bit more aggressive, y'know, heavier and you've kind of toned down on the melodic aspect that was more prevalent on some of the earlier SLAYER material, especially during the "Seasons" era. Is this a conscious decision on your part?

Tom: No, that was, trying different vocal styles is something that we've kind of done period. We've tried different things but it's usually very open. Like on "Divine", that was a conscious effort at changing my vocal style. The same with "Diabolus", "Diabolus" was doing something different. And then on "God Hates", "God Hates" was the only one…, I would have done a lot of the stuff different on "God Hates", vocally. You can hear 'em when we do 'em live. The songs that we play that are off of "God Hates", when we sing them, when I do them live I sing 'em how I would have recorded them. That's how I would have recorded them in the studio 'cause they're done differently. I would have done that whole album, let's just say there are a lot of songs where I would have done things differently, and that's the one album to me that was just so far off-base as far as what we were as a band; when it comes to the studio and being creative in the studio. That, to me, I found was trying to mimic other bands that were screamin' and yellin' and that wasn't us.

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Slayer Guitarist Talks About Marilyn Manson Tour

Mike Daniel of The Dallas Morning News recently conducted an interview with SLAYER guitarist Kerry King. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow:

On touring with MARILYN MANSON:

"I haven't seen any fistfights or anything yet. But there's a lot of gray area between our fans and Marilyn's. We both mine the same depths. But you can always pick out his fans — they're the freaky-dressed ones — and you can always tell who our fans are; they're the simply dressed ones.

"There was this girl in the middle of the last show that had her fingers in her ears the whole time we were on. I [expletive] loved it!"

On winning a Grammy Award in February for the song "Eyes of the Insane", which chronicles the last moments of a soldier about to die at war:

"It never really blew my mind. It's odd, especially considering what I think of the music industry in general. It doesn't mean nearly as much as if some metal mag had given us a major award. It's cool and all, but not all that important."

"My take on it would be that 60 percent of the voters don't even know what the song's about, and that's probably being generous. I think the majority of voters just look at the ballot, check off a name they recognize in the categories that they don't know anything about, and turn it in.

"Winning the Grammy gives you voting rights for it. I know that when the time comes to vote, I'll just check off something or other in the hip-hop categories since I don't know anything about it. I'm sure that someone like Jay-Z probably did the same thing with the metal categories."

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