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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Launch Radio Networks reports: MARILYN MANSON has lashed out at MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE, saying that a song called "Mutilation Is The Most Sincere Form of Flattery", from his new "Eat Me, Drink Me" album, is directed at the band, whom he accused of ripping off his act. Manson told the London Paper, "I'm embarrassed to be me because these people are doing a really sad, pitiful, shallow version of what I've done. If they want to identify with me then here's a razor blade. Call me when you're done and we'll talk."
Here are some sample lyrics from "Mutilation...": "Hey, there's no rules today / You steal instead of borrow / You take all the shapes that I make / And you think that you thought / All the thoughts that I thought you / Don't you?"
MANSON and MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE will both perform this weekend at England's Download Festival, although they'll appear on separate days.
MANSON's new record arrived in stores on Tuesday, June 5.
This summer, Slayer and Marilyn Manson will co-headline a 25-city North American tour, which will feature both acts with elaborate stage set-ups playing full sets. "Usually we just come out and play, but this time around we're really going to give the fans a show," explains Slayer's bassist/vocalist, Tom Araya. "Our set is going to span our entire career, but we're definitely going to squeeze in some new songs that we haven't performed live yet."
Fresh off winning their first-ever Grammy for their tenth full-length studio album, "Christ Illusion, Slayer couldn't have more momentum going into the tour. "The other guys will tell you it didn't mean anything to them, but it did to me," Araya explains about the band's award for Best Metal Performance for the track "Eyes Of The Insane.." "We're fans of the music we create and if we don't like it, we know the kids aren't going to like it either," Araya continues when asked what has kept Slayer relevant while so many of their peers have disbanded, or worse yet, become parodies of themselves.
"I think people like what they know," adds guitarist Kerry King. "The perfect comparison for Slayer's role in metal is what AC/DC did with rock; they made the same record for 30 years, but just changed the flavor." While musical trends have come and gone, for the past 26 years Slayer have continued to stay true to their thrash roots and loudly defied the music industry's standards.
When bands like Green Day and the Offspring suddenly became ubiquitous in the late-'90s the band released Undisputed Attitude, a collection of hardcore punk covers from acts like Minor Threat and Black Flag-and now that inoffensive pop music rules the charts, in typical Slayer-fashion the band countered with Christ Illusion, a blistering critique of the current administration set to the tune of impossibly heavy riffs, frantic drums and guitar solos that pummel the listener in carefully constructed blasts of noise. In other words, it's just business as usual for Slayer.
"I remember when I was a kid and one of the biggest metal bands at the time came out with a new album - I remember this because I was genuinely offended that they would put that album out," King explains when asked what he thinks has kept Slayer not only relevant but revelatory for the past twenty years. "That band got sidetracked by commercial music and tried to cash in on it," he continues. "Look at me, even now I'm still marred by it," he adds with a laugh. "I don't want to do that to our fans ever."
Tour dates for the Slayer/Marilyn Manson co-headline tour are as follows: More...
AOL Music has a couple decent albums for streaming in full this week:
MARILYN MANSON sat down with BBC Radio 1's Jo Whiley on Wednesday (May 23) to talk about leather pants, Justin Timberlake, and perform live acoustically from the legendary Maida Vale Studios with a set that included a reluctant Justin Timberlake cover of the track "What Goes Around". You can listen to the program here.
Marilyn Manson's video for his new single, "Heart-Shaped Glasses (When the Heart Guides the Hand)", surfaced online on May 8. It features several soft-core sex scenes starring Manson and 19-year-old actress Evan Rachel Wood, who happens to be Manson's current squeeze, reports Launch Radio Networks. The full eight-minute clip features nearly a minute of frolicking between the sheets before the song even kicks in, and returns to the bedroom antics throughout the rest of the song.
Marilyn Manson and his estranged wife have both recently given interviews discussing their personal lives among other things. Polly Vernon of The Observer recently conducted an interview with Marilyn Manson. A few excerpts from the chat follow:
On his new album, "Eat Me, Drink Me":
"I don't think that I would... [long pause] exist, if it weren't for this record. . . I haven't... left my house in a year. I shut myself, literally, out of being with people, and I think I... no, I wouldn't exist without this record. . . To me, it was worse than wanting to die. I didn't want to live. When you want to die, you at least have a goal. You're aiming for something. It's not a good goal, but at least you want something. And you've got anger and fear, but at least you're feeling something. But I wasn't afraid, I didn't have fear, I didn't care and I didn't have hope. . . Depression's something that people would... probably assume I've always had an element of it in me. But I know that I've never f... f... I was going to say 'felt,' but I don't know how I 'felt'... I didn't have any feeling — it's a void. But this record, it's a cliche, but this record saved me..."
On whether Manson blames his depression on his marriage to Dita von Teese:
"Yes, it has an inconvenient, unfortunate parallel to — you know — getting married. I think they ultimately have to be associated. I don't think that the relationship was... something to blame... as much as the, just the, the cliches of marriage. Being expected to change. Change who you are. I started to feel — and maybe this is only how I perceived it, or it's what my ex-wife genuinely expected of me — but to have to change who I am because suddenly I'm supposed to be more responsible or adult or to have to apologize for who I am... It just ultimately wasn't what I was prepared for."
On whether the conventions of marriage crushed what had been a healthy relationship:
"Yeah. That and the unfortunate coincidence that her career was really taking off. And I wasn't able to give up what I'm doing and follow her; like she did for me, in the beginning. But I never knew I was... going to be expected to do that. Sacrifice to me is something you do without expecting something in return. . . So to be expected... to... I guess be judged on how much you love someone by... if you don't do... what they did for you... because they did it for you. It got to a point where, where, I didn't know how to win, I didn't know how to explain... to somebody... that I don't... love... me. So for you to think that if I loved you I would change, or I would not be depressed, or I would want to... you know... give up my work for a moment, when I didn't think of it as work... what you create and who you are has to be the same, or both of them die. So that's what almost happened. My creativity died and I nearly died."
On whether he felt betrayed by the way marriage changed his relationship with Dita:
'That was one of the initial emotional confusions and responses. I felt that I was stupid, that I was taken advantage of. At first. But I wasn't, I wasn't taken advantage of. I realized that."
On whether there is any good way to divorce:
"I think that somebody's always going to suffer more. And I'd think I hurt her more. But only because she didn't understand the amount of pain I went through before it became apparent to her. She didn't understand that my idea of the relationship was suffering for longer than she knew. And so when things ended equally between us, she might have assumed that I didn't care. Not realizing that I had been experiencing it for much longer."
On whether anyone has blamed him for the Virginia Tech shootings yet:
"Not as far as I know. But I wouldn't be surprised if I was blamed. You know, it all seems very manufactured to me. . . in the way that there's candlelight vigils, but I haven't seen anyone crying. Not one single person crying. Someone said to me yesterday: I'm sure you're full of mixed emotions. And I'm not, really. I don't really care. I don't know anyone involved in it. If you lose emotion, and you gain it back, you realise that hate and love are very important to distribute properly. So I'm not going to waste any kind of emotion on things that aren't related to me. It doesn't mean that you have to be insensitive or cold, or have no sort of empathy. It just means that when you do have an emotion, make it extreme."
On whether he is really in love with his current girlfrield, 19-year-old actress Evan Rachel Wood:
"Yeah. Yeah. Absolutely! It's actually easy for me [to fall in love], because it didn't make me cynical. My current relationship gives me the ability to realize where I've always gone wrong in my life, not just in my divorce. To realize I was always thinking: I wish that my life could be like the movies, like 'Bonnie and Clyde' or 'The Hunger' or 'Harold and Maude'. And... it can be! It maybe just takes somebody else who is as fearless as you. It takes a person who will not hesitate. . . Because now, my only definition of romance is that somebody has to be willing to hold hands and jump off the cliff with you. At that point, you don't want to die any more."
On whether he's happy:
"For the most part, yeah. More so than I was a year ago. And definitely more than I was 10 years ago. I feel, like, being in a position where I simply have no reason to apologize for just being myself, and where I don't have to make what I do an apology for me, or a defense of who I am."
On whether he ever talks to Dita:
"Not recently, but um... yup. I mostly just get yelled at for things that I can't change, and don't want to change any more. No. That's not a fair characterization of what, um... But it is pretty true! Ha ha!"
Marilyn Manson's estranged wife Dita von Teese recently gave an interview to the Toronto Star in which she discussed her split with the shock rocker and Manson's new video for "Heart-Shaped Glasses", featuring Marilyn in a love scene with his new girlfriend, Evan Rachel Wood. An excerpt from the chat follows: More...
Tour dates for this summer's co-headlining Slayer and Marilyn Manson tour have been announced today. The 25-city North American tour will kick off on July 25 in West Palm Beach, FL, pillaging its way cross-country to wrap up in San Antonio, TX on September 1. Confirmed dates are below.
For this two-pronged-threat double bill, Slayer and Manson will each play full sets with Bleeding Through and one other support band, yet to be determined, opening all shows.
Marilyn Manson just wrapped up work on his upcoming June release to be titled "EAT ME, DRINK ME."
Celebrating its 26th year together, Slayer are still touring in support of their latest album, "Christ Illusion," which debuted at #5 on Billboard's Albums Chart.
Confirmed tour dates for the Slayer/Marilyn Manson co-headline summer tour are as follows: More...
Marilyn Mansons new effort "Eat Me Drink Me" will be released on June 5th. In a recent interview at MTV.com Manson discusses the album and what drove him to finally finish it.
SLAYER and MARILYN MANSON have announced that they will co-headline a North American major-market summer tour beginning on July 25 on the East Coast. Plans are for the tour to play some twenty-five cities and wrap up early September on the West Coast. So far the following dates have been leaked:
Aug. 05 - Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
Aug. 31 - Houston, TX @ Reliant Arena
Plans are for the tour to play some twenty-five cities and wrap up early September on the West Coast. A full, confirmed schedule will be announced shortly.
MANSON and SLAYER will each play full sets, and two support bands, yet to be determined, will open all shows.
MARILYN MANSON's new single, "Heart-Shaped Glasses (When the Heart Guides The Hand)", has been posted at the band's MySpace page. The song will reportedly be accompanied by a video shot in 3D, which is said to be an excerpt from a larger project that Manson is filming with "Titanic" director James Cameron, although that collaboration has yet to be officially confirmed. Also available at the same location is another new MARILYN MANSON song, entitled "If I Was Your Vampire".
The cover artwork for the new MARILYN MANSON album, "Eat Me, Drink Me", is available for viewing at this location.
"Eat Me, Drink Me" is scheduled for release on June 5. The first single from the CD, "Heart-Shaped Glasses (When the Heart Guides The Hand)", is expected to arrive at radio stations this week and will be accompanied by a video shot in 3D. The clip is said to be an excerpt from a larger project that Manson is filming with "Titanic" director James Cameron, although that collaboration has yet to be officially confirmed.
A brand new MARILYN MANSON song, entitled "If I Was Your Vampire", has been made available for streaming on the band's official MySpace page.
A 31-second audio sample of the new MARILYN MANSON single, "Heart-Shaped Glasses (When the Heart Guides The Hand)", has been posted on the web site of the French public-service radio station Le Mouv'. Listen to it at this location (Real Media).
"Heart-Shaped Glasses (When the Heart Guides The Hand)" is the first single from MANSON's new album, "Eat Me, Drink Me", due on June 5. The track is expected to arrive at radio stations by the middle of this month and will be accompanied by a video shot in 3D. The clip is said to be an excerpt from a larger project that Manson is filming with "Titanic" director James Cameron, although that collaboration has yet to be officially confirmed.
The album will reportedly be available in both a standard and collector's edition. More...
According to Marilyn Manson’s US website, the track listing for his forthcoming "Eat Me, Drink Me" out on June 5 is as follows:
01. If I Was Your Vampire
02. Putting Holes in Happiness
03. The Red Carpet Grave
04. They Said Hell Is Not Hot
05. Just a Car Crash Away
06. Heart-Shaped Glasses (When the Heart Guides the Hand)
08. Are You the Rabbit?
09. Mutilation is the Most Sincere Form of Flattery
10. You and Me and The Devil Makes 3
11. EAT ME, DRINK ME
The French branch of Universal has revealed that the first single to be taken from Marilyn Manson’s latest album will be ‘Heart Shaped Glass.’ The video for the single has just been completed, featuring exerts from Manson’s horror film he will be making with Hollywood producer James Cameron.
The new album entitled ‘Eat Me Drink Me’ is expected on June 4.
Slayer and Marilyn Manson announce that they will co-headline a North American major-market summer tour set to kick off July 25 on the east coast. Plans are for the tour to play some twenty-five cities and wrap up early September on the west coast. A full, confirmed schedule will be announced shortly.
Manson and Slayer will each play full sets, and two support bands, yet to be determined, will open all shows.
Just prior to the American trek, both Manson and Slayer will be on tour throughout Europe, sharing the stage at three European festivals - the UK's Download Festival at Donington (June 9), Greenfield Festival in Sweden (June 15), and Stockholm's Metaltown Festival (June 30).
Marilyn Manson just wrapped up work on his upcoming June release to be titled, "EAT ME, DRINK ME."
Dream Theater confirmed today that they'll be playing UK's Download 2007. Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy can't wait: "Fuck yeah! It's about time!!! I am absolutely stoked for Dream Theater to finally play Download... In a career already filled with so many personal achievements and dreams having been realized, somehow an invitation to play Download or Donington has always eluded us thus far... After all our hard work for the past 21 years and having made so many fans and friends in the U.K., it's nice to finally get the invitation! This gig will come within the first month of a world tour that will last well into 2008 for us, but I can already predict this will be one of the highlights of the year for us..."
Other confirmed acts include Devil Driver, DragonForce, Evanescence, Iron Maiden, Killswitch Engage, Lamb of God, Korn, Linkin Park, Machine Head, Marilyn Manson, Machine Head, Megadeth, Motley Crue, Shadows Fall, and Slayer.
Visit the Download 2007 web site for more details.
Soulfly will record a cover of the Marilyn Manson track "Beautiful People" for an upcoming Kerrang! magazine compilation.
The band is currently writing for a new studio album.
In the latest issue of Rolling Stone magazine, Marilyn Manson talks about his new album "Eat Me, Drink Me", which is tentatively set for a June release.
"Halfway though last year I was in such a black hole of depression," he says. "I couldn't make anything, I couldn't do anything. I lost hope." At the time, Manson's mother was diagnosed with a mental illness and, he says, "I got trapped in one of the classic rock and roll cliches of having people work for me rob me behind my back."
Manson says he was finally uplifted by a close friend's morbid gesture of devotion. "She picked up a butcher's knife and said, 'Here, you can stab me'" he says. "When someone was willing to drown with me, I really didn't want to drown anymore." This theme is depicted in the six-minute epic "If I Was Your Vampire", which Manson wrote on Christmas. "That song is the new 'Bela Lugosi's Dead'," says Manson. "It's the all-time gothic anthem."
The album's lyrics were written after last Halloween. That night, Manson presided over the opening of his Los Angeles art gallery. The next morning he left his home in the Valley and set up temporary digs at a studio-equipped house in the Hollywood Hills. "Suddenly," he says, "I felt liberated. I'd write a song, walk two doors down the hall and record it right then." Manson's lyrics, which were recorded over tracks crafted by Tim Skold (who joined Manson's band in 2002 as bassist), came quickly. "I was writing out of desperation and hope," he says. "The record came out in a rush-like an open wound-and I went with it."
MARILYN MANSON has announced the following European tour dates:
May 26 - Landsgraaf, NET @ Pinkpop
May 28 - Milan, ITA @ Palasharp
May 29 - Firenze, ITA @ Palasport
May 31 - Toulon, FRA @ Zenith Toulon
June 2 - Lorca, SPA @ Lorca Rock Festival
June 4 - Lyon, FRA @ Halle Tony Garnier
June 5 - Paris, FRA @ Bercy
June 9 - Donington, UK @ Download Festival
June 11 - Luxembourg, LUX @ Rockhal
June 13 - Prague, CZE @ Veletrzni Palace
June 15 - Interlaken, SWI @ Greenfield Festival
June 16 - Nickelsdorf, AUT @ Nova Rock
June 17 - Chemnitz, GER @ Woodstage Festival
June 20 - Ljubljana, SLO @ Hala Tivoli 2
June 22 - Neuhausen, GER @ Southside Festival
June 23 - Scheebel, GER @ Hurricane Festival
June 24 - Berlin, GER @ Zita Rock Festival
June 26 - Dortmund, GER @ Westfallenhalle
June 28 - Werchter, BEL @ Rock Werchter
June 29 - Belfort, FRA @ Eurockeennes
July 1 - Bucharest, ROM @ B’estival
Marilyn Manson has almost finished work on his next album, "Eat Me, Drink Me," which is due out this spring, according to Interscope Records. His group will launch a world tour to coincide with the album's release, details for which have not yet been announced.
According to court documents obtained by TMZ, Marilyn Manson has asked the courts to block any future claim by Dita Von Teese for spousal support. Marilyn also wants her to pay for her own lawyers. You can check out the documents here.
Jimmy Kimmel joked about news Marilyn Manson ended his marriage to Dita Von Teese and apparently has already rebounded with 19-year-old Evan Rachel Wood during his 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' monologue the other night. You can watch the clip at abc.go.com.