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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MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE guitarist Frank Iero has responded to claims by Marilyn Manson that the New Jersey emo titans are mere copycats.
Manson previously blasted MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE, saying he was embarrassed because "these people are doing a really sad, pitiful, shallow version of what I've done."
Speaking exclusively to Kerrang! magazine, guitarist Frank Iero answered back to Manson's taunting.
"We're Marilyn Manson fans," said Iero. "I think he's really cool. The funny thing is that he seems to have lashed out at us about the make-up. That's weird to me, because I had heard of Alice Cooper before I heard of Marilyn Manson. I don't know how he could be mad at us. We never came out and said we were going to call ourselves by girl's name and then a serial killer's name.
"I'm really sorry if he feels we ripped him off," he added. "It would have been nice if he could have said something to our faces but he's been all smiles every time I've seen him. Maybe he's doing it for the press. Some people just like to talk..."
MTV.com reports: Guitarist Kerry King can’t even remember the last time his band — the iconic speed-metal maelstrom that is SLAYER — played a gig it didn’t close out. That’s because, with more than 25 years in the business, SLAYER have been a headlining act for quite some time. When SLAYER take the stage, no one else follows. Or at least that’s the way things were before the band decided to team up with MARILYN MANSON.
SLAYER’s summer co-headlining run with MANSON is set to kick off July 25 in West Palm Beach, Florida, and will hit 25 cities before concluding September 1 in San Antonio.
“[This tour has] been in the works for a good part of this year, and the way it started out was, we were looking to do another Unholy Alliance this summer,” King explained of the festival, which featured MASTODON, LAMB OF GOD, CHILDREN OF BODOM and THINE EYES BLEED last year. “Then, when we found out we’d probably be touring with MANSON, he didn’t want to call it [the Unholy Alliance]. So, we were like, ‘Fine, man. Let’s just go out and do a big tour.’ He basically said [playing festival runs] wasn’t who he is anymore, and we were like, ‘All right.’ It didn’t make much sense to me, but that’s who he is now, I guess.”
So, while this summer’s trek is billed as a “co-headliner,” King said each and every date on the tour will end with a set from MANSON.
“It is completely co-headlining, except that he wanted to close every day, and we’re like, ‘Hey, knock yourself out,’” King said. “We’ve been in so many situations like that, and sometimes, it’s better not to be the last band on. So, we’re just kind of happy about it. I don’t have the ego that makes me — and I’m not saying MANSON does — but I don’t have the ego that makes me have to close every show. I won’t be playing any longer, and we’ll be done with our show and be able to chill for a change.”
But, while some speculate that the two artists have vastly different fanbases, King said the pairing does make sense to him. And if MANSON plays his cards right, he might not witness a mass exodus of SLAYER fans leaving each venue once King’s crew is through.
“It’s definitely going to be weird,” he admitted. “My whole thing is, it depends on what MANSON plays, whether our kids stay or not. If he comes out and plays ‘Tainted Love,’ half the place is going to leave. No offense to MANSON — I’m just saying what’s up. I want him to come out and kick ass, because I’m an old-school fan. He can succeed on this tour, if he chooses the right set.”
SLAYER fans might be pleased to know that this summer’s tour will coincide with the re-release of 2006’s Christ Illusion on July 24. The limited-edition set will contain the previously unreleased cut “The Final Six,” as well as an alternate version of “Black Serenade.” The reissue marks the band’s first collaboration with new label home Columbia Records; SLAYER left Warner Bros. when longtime producer Rick Rubin jumped ship to head Columbia back in May.
“This version of ‘Black Serenade‘ is the version [guitarist] Jeff [Hanneman] originally wrote, and during the miscommunications of recording, it came out the way it did,” said King. “I like the original version better. And ‘The Final Six‘ was a song that just wasn’t finished in time for the record, because [frontman] Tom [Araya] had to head home for [gall-bladder] surgery.”
“The Final Six,” said King, “isn’t going to sound out of place, because it was written for Christ Illusion. So, it’s just another song off of that album, and it’s not separate at all. The track was recorded by the time Christ Illusion came out — we just had to have Tom sing on it.”
The reissue will also boast a bonus DVD called “Slayer on Tour ‘07.” It will include the “Eyes of the Insane” video; a live rendition of the band’s 1988 LP South of Heaven that was shot in Vancouver, British Columbia, on last year’s Unholy Alliance run; and a behind-the-scenes, five-minute documentary-style montage of footage shot earlier this year when the band performed in Florida and Australia.
As for SLAYER’s next album, King said it will be a while. The band hopes to book another tour toward the end of this year but has no definitive plans to write or record anytime soon. “It would be awesome to have football season off,” King joked.
Bleeding Through will headline a series of intimate club shows during the "off-dates" of their upcoming North American tour with Marilyn Manson and Slayer. War Of Ages will support Bleeding Through at each of the shows.
Bleeding Through will focus on smaller clubs in New Orleans, Albany, Las Vegas and other cities where the monstrous tour with heavy metal titans Slayer and iconoclast Manson will not hit during their days off. The Manson/Slayer tour and off-date headlining shows will coincide with the worldwide release of the band's new single, "Line in the Sand."
With a video directed by Dan Dobi (Cannibal Corpse, Paramore), "Line in the Sand" is the latest track to be released from The Truth, Bleeding Through's newest album which has been hailed by Revolver, Alternative Press, Metal Hammer, Kerrang!, Billboard, Outburn, Metal Edge and other publications the world over.
The band kicked off the album's release last year with a massive headlining tour, followed by a co-headline slot on the Ozzfest second stage (their second Ozzfest), a fall tour with Senses Fail and Saosin, a European tour, and more.
Confirmed Bleeding Through off-dates (all with War Of Ages) during the Marilyn Manson/ Slayer tour are as follows: More...
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."