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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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Marilyn Manson Reveals Details On New Album/Band

After speaking recently with Bloody-Disgusting.com, shock rocker Marilyn Manson revealed that he is "pretty much finished" with his new studio album and that the album "will be more like 'Antichrist Superstar.'" Every song on the disc was written by Manson with bassist Twiggy Ramirez who rejoined the band back in January. He also revealed the former Limp Bizkit/current Black Light Burns guitarist will only be part of Manson's band for touring purposes only. More news on the album will be reported as soon they are revealed.

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Former Marilyn Manson Bassist Discovered Dead

Former Marilyn Manson bassist Brad Stewart (stage named Gidget Gein) was found dead in his home earlier this week. No official cause of death has been announced, but friends of Stewart stated it was from a drug overdose. Stewart was fired from Marilyn Manson due to drug absue issues, being replaced by Twiggy Ramirez, and also recently did a stint in rehab.

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Korn Posts New Studio Footage Online

Korn has posted a behind the scenes look at the band recording the song "Kidnap the Sandy Claws" online. You can check it out below.

The song comes from the forthcoming album, "Nightmare Revisited" which is another collection of songs from the movie "A Nightmare Before Christmas" performed by popular artists.

The tracklisting is as follows:

1. Devotchka- Overture
2. Danny Elfman- Opening
3. Marilyn Manson- This Is Halloween
4. All American Rejects- Jack's Lament
5. Amina- Dr. Finkelstein/In The Forest
6. Flyleaf- What's This?
7. Polyphonic Spree- Town Meeting Song
8. The Vitamin String Quartet- Jack and Sally Montage
9. Sparklehorse- Jack's Obsession
10. Korn- Kidnap The Sandy Claws
11. Rise Against- Making Christmas
12. Yoshida Brothers- Nabbed
13. Tiger Army- Oogie Boogie's Song
14. Amy Lee- Sally's Song
15. RJD2- Christmas Eve Montage
16. Plain White T's- Poor Jack
17. Datarock- To The Rescue
18. Finale/Reprise- Shiny Toy Guns
19. Danny Elfman- Closing
20. The Album Leaf- End Title
21. Rodrigo Y Gabriela- Oogie Boogie's Song More...

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Black Light Burns Mainman Gives Album Update

Black Light Burns mainman/Marilyn Manson and ex-Limp Bizkit guitarist Wes Borland has posted the following message online regarding the bands new album:

"The new Black Light Burns record is about 90% finished. Nick (Annis) and I are doing some final guitar tracks tomorrow and then we'll polish the mixes. As far as my opinion is concerned, we just topped "Cruel Moody." I'm so excited for you guys to hear this... we might have to put some songs up soon. We're currently booking shows for January-February 2009 in the U.S. with Combichrist. A few more possible engagements have presented themselves before next year, but we'll have to wait and see how things turn out. I can't wait to come over to Europe and Japan. So much is happening. Excited."

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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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