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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Goth rocker Marilyn Manson fears some of his fans may have helped George W Bush get into power following sarcastic comments he made about the President.
Manson appeared on an American chat show in 2000 and told host Tucker Carlson his fans should vote for Bush after sarcastically condemning Democrat candidate Al Gore.
And Manson, who is a staunch critic of President Bush, fears his comments may have been taken out of context and he may have inadvertedly helped him to win the election, which was one of the narrowest victories in history.
He said: "He won by such a small amount, and particularly because it was in Florida.
"Who's to say there weren't a couple of our fans who took my sarcasm seriously and voted for him?"
Island Records made the decision to drop the band LOSER when founding member John 5 (ex-MARILYN MANSON) opted to leave the group and maintain his position as the guitarist for ROB ZOMBIE. "Being the founding member of LOSER, my decision to leave was not an easy one," said John 5 in a press release. "I've been juggling two careers both with LOSER and ROB ZOMBIE for over one year now. I found it impossible to be in two places at once."
With the success of ROB ZOMBIE's "Educated Horses" 2006 tour and the new dates added to the trek, it became impossible for John 5 to promote LOSER properly. In discussions with Island, John 5 suggested bringing in a replacement guitarist for LOSER's live shows. Island Records was in opposition to the suggestion as that is not "what they had signed on for." Consequently, Island Records chose to drop the act. "I understand the decision from the label but feel it could have worked out for everyone involved," John 5 said. "I wish Joe, Glen and Charles all the success they deserve. They are amazing guys and deserve their shot."
There is currently no word on when — or if — LOSER's already completed debut album will be released.
MTV.com reports: "Since joining Marilyn Manson in 1999, John 5 has been one of the pioneering spirits of modern metal guitar. He recently co-wrote and played on songs for Rob Zombie's new album, Educated Horses, and he's currently on the road with Zombie. But there's another, less caustic side to the tattooed, white-haired guitarist, and he's letting that side shine through with his new band, Loser."
"If Marilyn Manson are a carnal congregation of all things dark and depraved, Loser are more a celebration of the young and unjaded. The band's debut album, Just Like You (June 6), interweaves John's pointed riffs with triumphant radio rock and infectious power pop. Some Manson and Zombie fans will surely be thrown by the psychedelic-tinged rock of "Disposable Sunshine," the Cheap Trick-style power pop of "Without You (Inside Out)" and the jangly balladry of the first single, "Nobody Knows." But John 5 — who has worked with k.d. lang, Avril Lavigne and Fefe Dobson — is happy to explore the poppier elements of his new band."
"I like to play metal, but sometimes it's like doing the same thing over and over," he explained. "It's good to have a little bit more variety, like eating different foods. And even if they're surprised, I hope people will like the band and recognize that hey, it's not metal, but these are really good songs."
John 5 started working on Loser in 2004, soon after he left Manson. He hooked up with producer/songwriter Bob Marlette — with whom he worked on Two's Voyeurs, his collaboration with Rob Halford, in 1997 — and quickly penned a batch of new tunes. Then he began looking for bandmates. Marlette found ex-Jibe singer Joe Grah during a trip to Texas to check out a band that had been recommended to him. "As it turned out, they weren't that great and the singer wasn't that great, but Joe was in the band that played after them, and he was incredible," John said.
Grah was flown to Los Angeles to audition and was hired on the spot. To celebrate, the guitarist and his new singer went to see A Perfect Circle in concert. There, they ran into their future bassist, Charles Lee. "He knew of me and said, 'Hey, I play bass and I sing,' so we auditioned him and he was great," recalled John. "We were like, 'Man, this is way too easy.' "
Finding a drummer proved to be a little harder. After going through a handful of players, Grah recommended someone he knew back in Texas, Glendon Crane, who instantly clicked with the rest of the musicians.
They named themselves Loser as both an affirmation of John 5's past and as a gesture to anyone who's ever felt awkward or left out. "I was from Grosse Pointe, Michigan, which is kind of an upper-class area, and I was always that rock kid," John explained. "I started playing guitar at age 7. I always had a rock shirt on, and I had that tattoo early on. I looked like a loser because everyone around me was wearing Polo and Brooks Brothers. But now if you go into a club wearing Polo, you're called a loser. So I think everyone can relate to that name, and the album title, Just Like You, sums it up."
Read the full article at MTV.com.
You can check out the uglier side of rock n' roll with MTV2 & Stuff Magazine Presents: Fugliest Men In Rock Coundtown on Friday 2/3/2006 at 10:00 AM EST on MTV2. Receiving a band alert from MTV.com on Marilyn Manson and this show announcement, one might make the obvious leap in logic that Manson might have made their countdown. You'd have to watch to find out for sure.
Fugly or not, Marilyn Manson recently wed longtime girlfriend, burlesque dancer Dita Von Teese, Saturday (December 3) at Castle Gurteen in Ireland.
"Heavy: The Story of Metal," premiering Monday - Thursday, May 1-4 at 9PM ET/PT each night traces the evolution of heavy metal music and culture, from its dark, grim beginnings in Birmingham, England to the worldwide force that it remains to this day. In a series of four themed hours, "Heavy: The Story of Metal," explores four decades of music, each hour examining this powerful and often misunderstood genre, from metal's pioneers to its love of glam and excess; from the fight for metal's rebellious soul to its storied flirtation with the devil:
Episode One traces metal's roots in the late-60's in the bombed-out industrial town of Birmingham England to the spectacular rise of Kiss and "glam metal" in the early 70's.
Episode Two examines metal's growing pains during the 70's when both high-brow rock critics and punk rock threatened its very existence. By decade's end, bands such as Iron Maiden, Judas Priest and Def Leppard gave birth to what became known as "The New Wave of British Heavy Metal." Episode Three sees metal thrive in, of all places, sunny California. Van Halen, Poison, Motley Crue -- it's the world of hair metal. And, keeping everyone's Jacuzzi-soaked ego in check, a little film called Spinal Tap emerges.
Episode Four takes a walk on the dark side: Guns N' Roses, Metallica, thrash, grunge, and how the music and images of Marilyn Manson became associated with the Columbine massacre.
Told from the perspective of the musicians, promoters, writers and fans who have kept metal's flame alive for four decades, "Heavy: The Story of Metal," contains revealing, hilarious and sometimes shocking conversations. Interviews include Sebastian Bach, Jerry Cantrell, Phil Collen, Bruce Dickinson, Fred Durst, Ace Frehley, Rob Halford, Scott Ian, Tony Iommi, Chris Jericho, Lemmy Kilmister, Chuck Klosterman, Jani Lane, Tommy Lee, Doc McGhee, Bret Michaels, Dave Mustaine, Vinnie Paul, Mark Putnam, Riki Rachtman, Dave "Snake" Sabo, Nikki Sixx, Slash, Dee Snider, Geoff Tate, Eddie Trunk, Rob Zombie and more.
Imran Ali of the Trinidad & Tobago Express has issued the following report:
Marcus Daniel (photo), a 28- year-old Diego Martin, Trinidad & Tobago mechanic, grabbed headlines last week when he was convicted of murdering his teenaged cousin. In his defence, he claimed he was high on drugs and possessed by a demon planted in him by hardcore rock music.
It was the first time that such a defence had been mounted in a local court, but the issue of the influence of rock music on impressionable minds has gained prominence in other shores, where-according to some-these devilish lyrics had led to even more sadistic crimes.
Marcus Daniel found himself at the age of 14 in this world. At his trial, he said he had already dropped out of school and began listening to rap music and "soft" rock songs.
Soon enough, he said, he started drinking rum and his taste in music veered to the hardcore.
Rock music became his favourite and he developed a taste for a particular genre known as black metal — typified by SLIPKNOT's music.
Although the jury found this no excuse, Daniel allowed this music to dominate his life. He painted his room black and plastered it with pictures of demons, tombstones, skeletons and dark metal bands including MARILYN MANSON.
He said the music would make him lose control to the point where he would go on violent rampages. He tattooed himself with various symbols he believed to represent the Antichrist and lost his faith in God.
It was all these factors, he said, that skewed his judgment so much that he stabbed his cousin, 16-year-old Suzette Gibson, to death. This was the cousin whom he was closest to and would go out often with.
But not even science is agreed that listening to certain types of music on their own can encourage anti-social behaviour in a receptive audience. All the leading studies seem to show that these lyrics-whether contained in rock, rap, dancehall or soca-can do is to make a listener more predisposed to aggressive behaviour.
In his 1997 testimony before a Senate Subcommittee in Columbia, Dr Frank Palumbo — representing the American Academy of Pediatrics — spoke about the social impact of music violence.
"Make no mistake about it, music can summon a range of emotions, most of which are wonderful. Yet there is some music that communicates potentially harmful health messages, especially when it reaches a vulnerable audience," he said.
He made a number of recommendations which included urging the music video to portray more "positive themes" in videos including racial harmony, drug avoidance, nonviolence and good sexual health practices.
Dr Palumbo also urged that music artists should serve as positive role models for children and that parents should take an active role in monitoring the music their children listen to and the videos they watch.
"Ultimately, it is the parent's responsibility to monitor what their children listen to and view," he stated.
When she address the jury on her client's behalf last week, Pamela Elder SC indicated that society had failed Marcus Daniel and that he was not totally to blame for what he did.
"Where were the social workers when he dropped out of school at the age of 14 and began drinking rum? Where were his parents and extended family when he started using drugs and decorated his room with symbols of the Antichrist?" she asked.
Could more have been done to help Marcus Daniel and others like him?
Was he really a victim of circumstance? Clearly the 12 jurors who heard his trial found that while music had the power to make someone shake his waist, it was not enough to make him kill.
Read the full article at TrinidadExpress.com.
Marilyn Manson wed longtime girlfriend, burlesque dancer Dita Von Teese, Saturday (December 3) at Castle Gurteen in Ireland, a spokesperson for Manson confirmed.
The multi-day event — held at the Kilsheelan, County Tipperary, Ireland, home of the couple's friend, controversial Austrian artist Gottfried Helnwein — included a non-denominational ceremony performed by Chilean underground film director (and Manson friend) Alejandro Jodorowsky, and the bride and groom exchanged personal vows. Manson and Jodorowsky, who directed "Santa Sangre," had been working together on a movie called "Abelcain," a project that has been suspended for the time being.
Manson, who's completing his sixth, as-yet-untitled studio LP, told MTV News back in late October that the wedding would be small, and that just a few invites went out to celebrity friends, "because it isn't about that. I wasn't looking to just have some sort of exploit out of it — I wanted it to be meaningful and something to remember," Manson said. "But the remembering part's going to be hard, because you're supposed to get drunk."
The couple started dating nearly five years ago, and Manson proposed more than a year ago. The wedding is the first for both. But Manson did gripe about one aspect when it came to his imminent nuptials exchange.
"I got f---ed out of a bachelor party, because — quite honestly, I have to agree with her — Dita said, 'Why should you have a bachelor party? That's your whole life,' " he explained. "'What are you going to do, get drunk and look at naked women?' And I guess that's what I do every day."
Read the full article at MTV.com.
Imran Ali of the Trinidad & Tobago Express is reporting that heavy metal music is being blamed for sucking a young man into a world of devil worship and drug use and is being mounted as a defense in his trial for murdering his teenaged cousin.
Though two men, 21-year-old Osei Lazare and 28-year-old Marcus Daniel, are charged with the death of 16-year-old Suzette Gibson, the focus of the first day of the trial immediately shifted to Daniel yesterday (Wednesday, Nov. 23) when the claim was made by his lawyer, Pamela Elder SC.
Several witnesses admitted to her that her client — who was Gibson's cousin — regularly listened to heavy metal music, that his bedroom was decorated with skeletons and that he drank heavily.
Daniel's music collection and tattoos came under scrutiny.
One witness said Daniel listened to artists such as shock rockers MARILYN MANSON, OZZY OSBOURNE, ALICE COOPER and other metal bands such as SLIPKNOT and ANTHRAX.
He also had the tattoo of an upside down cross on one arm — which Elder called the symbol of the Antichrist.
Daniel's friend, Riaz Ali told the jury: "I recall the lyrics of one song. It went 'Devil man, devil man, you got in my head, devil man, devil man... right in my heart.'"
Read the full article at TrinidadExpress.com.
AOL Music is hosting an online listening party for the 'Saw II' soundtrack, released Tuesday (October 25). The album features music from bloodsimple, Opiate for the Masses, Marilyn Manson, The Used, Mudvayne, Papa Roach, Sevendust, Queens Of The Stone Age, and more. You can listen to the album in full here.
The track listing has been revealed for the Soundtrack to the upcoming film "Saw II", here's how it shapes up:
01 - Marilyn Manson - "Irresponsible Hate Anthem" (Venus Head Trap Mix)
02 - The Used - "Sound Effects and Over Dramatics"
03 - Mudvayne - "Forget To Remember"
04 - bloodsimple. - "September"
05 - Papa Roach - "Blood (Empty Promises)"
06 - Puscifer - "REV 22:20" (REV 4:20 Mix)
07 - Sevendust - "Pieces"
08 - Skinny Puppy - "Rodent" (Ken 'hiwatt' Marshall remix / DDT Mix)
09 - Queens Of The Stone Age - "Burn The Witch" (Unkle Variation)
10 - A Band Called Pain - "Holy"
11 - Buckethead & Friends - "Three Fingers" (Feat. Saul Williams)
12 - The Legion Of Doom - "Home Invasion Robbery"
13 - Revolting Cocks - "Caliente (Dark Entries)" (Feat. Gibby Haynes and Al Jourgensen)
14 - Opiate For The Masses - "Step Up"
15 - Charlie Clouser - "Don't Forget The Rules"
The outing will see an October 25th release date through Image Entertainment. In related news, Mudvayne's track "Forget To Remember" has been chosen as the lead single from the release and a video was recently shot for it with "Saw II" director Darren Bousman. More on that can be found here.
The MuDvAyNe track "Forget To Remember" has been picked as the first single from SAW II, the companion album to the upcoming Lion's Gate thriller. The band headlines a blockbuster lineup that includes Queens of the Stone Age, Marilyn Manson, The Used, Bloodsimple, Papa Roach and more.
In addition, MuDvAyNe recently shot an eye-popping video with SAW II director Darren Bousman that incorporates footage from the highly anticipated film. "Forget To Remember" can also be heard over the film's initial end titles. Says Bousman: "To have talents like MuDvAyNe and Queens of The Stone Age - both amazing bands, and both bands I've listened to for years - featured on this soundtrack is a thrill."
A video clip of Marilyn Manson receiving the 2005 Kerrang! Icon Award has been posted at BBC News. The video also features a clip of Marilyn Manson discussing the problem with his show in Croatia.
The Kerrang! Icon Award recognizes people who define a style, a sound, or genre.
The 2005 Kerrang! Awards winners have been announced at The Brewery in London on Thursday August 25. Here are the winners, as voted by the readers:
Classic Songwriter Award: Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor
Best British Newcomer: Bullet For My Valentine
Best International Newcomer: Trivium
Best Single: Foo Fighters for "Best of You"
Best Video: My Chemical Romance for "Helena"
Best Album: My Chemical Romance for "Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge"
Best Live Band: Green Day
Best British Band: Funeral for a Friend
Best Band On The Planet: Green Day
Lifetime Achievement: Killing Joke
Icon Award: Marilyn Manson
Iron Maiden have been inducted into the Kerrang! Hall of Fame. Also, Kerrang! thought that a few people should be given recognition for other reasons so they awarded Iron Maiden frontman, Bruce Dickinson, with the Homer Simpson "Conducting Oneself with Quiet Dignity" Award for not using his acceptance speech as a cheap shot against the Osbournes, but merely thanking his band and fans.
For more on the award winners, visit qglastoblog.typepad.com/kerrangawards.
Despite furious protests from church leaders, Marilyn Manson did succeed in playing his planned gig in Croatia. It happened in Pula, with a large police presence on hand, just in case of trouble. The church branded Manson's music as promoting satanism.
Reuters is reporting that religious groups in Croatia are up in arms over the imminent arrival of shock-rocker Marilyn Manson on August 22 in the northern Adriatic town of Pula.
Protestant organization Oaza wants the concert banned, while seven Catholic priests offered to pay damages to the organizers if the concert was cancelled, arguing the band's lyrics and image promote Satanism, drug-use and violence.
Religious groups warn locals of Manson’s ‘dark persona’, recommending that nobody — especially young people — attend Monday’s concert.
According to a posting at MansonUSA.com, MARILYN MANSON recently spoke with "Entertainment Tonight" about his role in the upcoming film "Rise".
The movie stars Lucy Lui as a young female reporter who wakes up in a morgue to discover that she is no longer among the living. She vows revenge against those responsible for putting her there and hunts them down.
Commented Manson: "I think the ultimate irony is that it's a vampire movie, and I'm not a vampire; I'm a bartender."
Check out a couple of pictures from the "Rise" movie shoot at MansonUSA.com.
Launch Radio Networks reports: Marilyn Manson's fiancee, burlesque performer Dita Von Teese, has told Xfm.co.uk that the couple's upcoming wedding will not involve any sort of Satanic ceremony or other bizarre rituals that could be associated with Manson's shock-rock image. Von Teese explained, "It's not going to be dark! No bats instead of doves, no black wedding gown. (But) we're hoping for snow and fog! (Manson's) very interested in the ceremony, but he's trusting my judgment on all the aesthetics."
Manson and Von Teese have not made the wedding date public as of yet. Meanwhile, Manson will release a set of four short films, entitled "Phantasmagoria: The Visions Of Lewis Carroll", through his web site. Manson says the films are part of a new art form he has invented, which he calls "horripilation." The word is a combination of "horrifying" and "depilatory," and Manson says it will "horrify the hair off your legs."
"Phantasmagoria" will be followed by a full-length feature film.
Manson also has 18 songs written for his next album, but there's no word on when the music will see the light of day.
RollingStone.com reports that Marilyn Manson has turned is attention to making "horripilation" flicks. Several excerpts from the article:
Manson has come to a crossroads in his career. "I no longer want to make art that other people -- particularly record companies -- are turning into a product," he says. "I just want to make art." And he's invented a new genre for his new breed of art: "horripilation." "It's horrifying, and it's depilatory," he explains. "It will horrify the hair off of your legs."
First up is Fantasma Gloria, a set of four short films to be released through his Web site. "It's the visions of Lewis Caroll -- in fact I'm playing Carroll," he says. In Installment One, Manson explores the origin of Alice in Wonderland's Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum. "I might add that the girls playing Tweedle Dee and Dum are twins who get to have real, genuine sex with each other. I like to make dreams come true."
Read the full article at RollingStone.com.
Marilyn Manson, The Prodigy, Slayer and System of a Down are some of the music bands to perform in the festival Festimad 2005, to be held in Cantueña de Fuenlabrada (Madrid) on May 27 and 28. This edition will host the "heaviest" concerts it has ever sheltered.
The organisers expect this year near 60,000 people will attend the event, 20,000 more than in 2004. Furthermore, there will be many novelties in this edition, from a completely new headquarters to running-water WC's and hot-water showers.
Another of the novelties is that instead of a main stage and another smaller, both of them will have the same size one by the other. This nearness will allow a greater comfort for the audience to move from one stage to the other.
According to the organisers, the camping site will be much bigger and "closer from concerts, with a supermarket and food street stalls."
The Friday 27 programme will host Marilyn Manson's new show, as well as the bands Nightwish, The Hives, Wednesday 13 and Muletrain. The heavy metal Californian band Slayer will also perform on that day at the other stage, together with Turbonegro, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Skizoo and Legen Beltza.
The Prodigy will play on the first stage on Saturday 28 with Incubus, Hermano, Mondo Generator and The Eighties Matchbox B-line Disaster. System of a Down, one of the most creative bands on the North-American hard rock scene will share the stage on Saturday with Fu Manchu, Clutch, Five Horse Johnson and Hamlet.
Launch Radio Networks reports: When ROB ZOMBIE hits the road this summer on Ozzfest, his touring band will feature former MARILYN MANSON guitarist John 5. Zombie told us how he and the guitar player got together. "CAMP FREDDY asked me to do this benefit, just to play one song, at the Arrowhead Pond (in Anaheim, California) for this tsunami relief thing. And John was there, and we played one song, 'Thunderkiss', and it kicked ass and he's a supercool guy and I was like, 'This is perfect.' John said, 'Do you need a guitar player for Ozzfest?' I said, 'Yes,' he said, 'I wanna do it,' I said, 'Perfect, done.'"
Zombie's new touring band also includes longtime bassist Rob "Blasko" Nicholson and ALICE COOPER drummer Tommy Clufetos. In addition to "Thunderkiss '65", Zombie recently hinted that his Ozzfest set list might include even more old material from his former band, WHITE ZOMBIE. We asked the singer if this was still the plan. "I don't know. I mean, I haven't rehearsed yet. John 5 and Blasko have been rehearsing and learning all these old songs that I haven't played in a million years, so we'll see."