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Marilyn Manson

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Band Photo: Marilyn Manson (?)

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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Upcoming Marilyn Manson Concert Stirs Croatia

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.

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Manson Talks About Upcomming Movie Role

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.

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Marilyn Manson To Have Non-Satanic Wedding

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.

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Marilyn Manson Making Movies

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.

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Manson, Slayer, SoaD To Play Festimad 2005

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.

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Rob Zombie Comments On John5 As Guitarist

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."

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Zombie Says New Album Has Taken Backseat To Movie

Launch Radio Networks reports: Rob Zombie has been hard at work on his second movie as a director, "The Devil's Rejects", but what about his next album? Zombie's been recording the disc in bits and pieces for the last year, but said it's still not completed. "I've been making a record forever, I mean, and once again it's on hold 'cause I'm mixing the sound (for 'Devil's Rejects') and then in a couple of weeks I'll go back to the record and hopefully finish it someday," he said. "It's just one of those things, it's just — it always takes a backseat to the movie, and until the movie's, like, really done done, I can never say, 'Okay, it's record time.' But I mean, I have a lot done."

Zombie says he has 26 songs in various stages of readiness for the album.

Among the people who have played on the record so far are LIMP BIZKIT guitarist Wes Borland, MÖTLEY CRÜE drummer Tommy Lee and A PERFECT CIRCLE drummer Josh Freese. Former MARILYN MANSON guitarist John 5, who just joined Zombie's touring band, will also contribute to the album.

Zombie will headline the second stage of this summer's Ozzfest, beginning on July 15 in Mansfield, Massachusetts.

"The Devil's Rejects" opens in theatres on July 22.

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House Of Wax Gets Heavy

My Chemical Romance, Deftones, Marilyn Manson and The Stooges will all have songs featured on the soundtrack album that accompanies new movie 'House Of Wax', a re-make of the 1953 horror classic. Released by Maverick in early May, the record also features The Prodigy and Disturbed.

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John 5 To Play Guitar For Rob Zombie On Ozzfest

Former MARILYN MANSON guitarist John 5 has announced that he will be playing guitar for ROB ZOMBIE on the Hot Topic Second stage at this year's Ozzfest.

"I'm totally estatic about having the opportunity to play with Rob on Ozzfest!" John 5 said in a statement. "He has been one of my favorite artists for the longest time. I had the opportunity to play with him a few weeks back, and never thought that I would have the chance to share the stage with him playing the ZOMBIE songs we all know and love!"

When asked what this meant for LOSER, John's new band, he said, "This will not affect LOSER in any way. We are still pressing forward with writing new material for our debut album."

Commented Zombie: "I haven't really officially said this yet but once again I will be hitting the road with Ozzfest. This time I've decided to headline the second stage. Main is a drag, man. It's so uptight that it is almost a bore. I can't wait to get away from the fucking seat and play to all the maniacs that are always trapped up on the lawn. This should be insane.

"There are some lineup changes this time around. John 5 of ex-MARILYN MANSON fame will be handling guitar duties this time out. I'm totally stoked about this because this guy is a fucking shredder. I played 'Thunder Kiss 65' with him at The Arrowhead Pond Arena for a benefit a couple weeks back and it never sounded so fucking good."

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Iron Maiden For August Dublin Show

Iron Maiden are to play a major concert in Dublin this summer. They will play the RDS Arena on 31 August with special guest Marilyn Manson.

Iron Maiden's first four seminal albums and their subsequent tours will be the theme for their new stage production and their set will feature a number of songs that the band have not played in many years.

Tickets for the Dublin concert, priced €65 and €70, go on sale this Saturday, 26 February, at 9am from outlets nationwide.

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Slipknot, Slayer To Play Hultsfred

Slipknot and Slayer have been confirmed for the 2005 edition of the Hultsfred Festival, set to take place June 16-18 in Hultsfred, Sweden. Also scheduled to perform are the Haunted, System of a Down and Marilyn Manson. The festival billing is shaping up as follows:

System of a Down
The Haunted
Marilyn Manson
The Hives
The Ark
Le Tigre
The Donnas
Ani Difranco
The Hidden Cameras
Flogging Molly
Son Kite
Ana International Penetrator
Johan Netz
Jason Ringenberg
Hans Appelqvist

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Marilyn Manson Drummer Starts Martyr Plot

Marilyn Manson drummer Ginger Fish has started a side project called Martyr Plot. Also in the band are guitarist/vocalist David Scott and bassist James Marino. A song called 'In The Red' may be downloaded from www.fishrine.net.

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Marilyn Manson-Inspired Killer Sentenced To 20 Yrs

A Scottish teenager convicted of killing his 14-year-old former girlfriend after drawing inspiration from paintings by Marilyn Manson was sentenced to a minimum of 20 years in prison for her murder, according to Scotsman.com.

Jodi Jones (photo), 14, was stripped, tied up and savagely stabbed to death in woods near her home in Dalkeith, Midlothian, on June 30 2003.

Her death bore similarities to the gruesome "Black Dahlia" murder of 1940s Hollywood actress Elizabeth Short.

Marilyn Manson produced paintings depicting the "Black Dahlia" killing and Lord Nimmo Smith said he believed Luke Mitchell (photo), 16, carried the images in his head when he murdered Jodi.

The judge said he believed Mitchell "found evil attractive" and thought there might be a "perverted glamour in doing something wicked."

He said, "I do not feel able to ignore the fact that there was a degree of resemblance between the injuries inflicted on Jodi and those shown in the Marilyn Manson paintings of Elizabeth Short that we saw."

He said Mitchell's cannabis use may have contributed to him not being able to make the distinction between fantasy and reality which would have stopped a normal person carrying out the attack.

On January 21, a jury of eight women and seven men found Mitchell guilty of the murder charge 24 hours after beginning deliberations.

The 15 jurors also convicted Mitchell of supplying cannabis.

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Manson's 'Use Your Fist...' To Be Featured In Game

Marilyn Manson will have his song "Use Your Fist And Not Your Mouth" featured in the new game "Cold Fear". The game is set for a US release next month.

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Download 2005 Aims For Three Days

Having previously programmed only Saturday and Sunday, the proposed expansion would make 2005 the biggest Download ever - with both weekend and day tickets being sold for the 60,000 capacity Donington Park event.

At present, the festival is scheduled to take place on the weekend of 11-12 June but according to a popular music weekly, organisers are hoping to run the event on Friday 10th as well. It is believed that Feeder have been approached to headline that day, followed by an Ozzy Osbourne-curated Ozzfest day on the Saturday. Word is, that Ozzy may re-form Black Sabbath to headline this day!

Other strong rumours doing the rounds include Velvet Revolver, Motley Crue, The Datsuns, The Prodigy, Marilyn Manson, and Green Day.

System Of A Down have revealed via their own website that they will be playing on the Sunday, which is expected to be a more traditional metal line-up.

Download 2005 takes place at Donington Park, Derbyshire, on 11-12 June (and possibly the 10th). It is believed that tickets will go on sale in February.

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Maiden, Slayer and Slipknot Do Rock Am Ring

Iron Maiden, Marilyn Manson, Slayer and Slipknot head the list of bands who'll play both the Rock Am Ring and Rock Im Park festivals in Germany. This happens from June 3-5 in the Nurnburgring and Zeppelinfeld, respectively. Other acts confirmed include HIM, Green Day, Apocalyptica and The Hives.

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Johnny Depp Inspired By Marilyn Manson

Movie star Johnny Depp has revealed that he based his performance as Willie Wonka in the upcoming movie 'Charlie And The Chocolate Factory' on Marilyn Manson. The Antichrist Superstar was Depp's inspiration in making the character dark and mysterious.

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Marilyn Manson Video is Murder Evidence

British prosecutors used clips from a Marilyn Manson video as part of a murder trial last week.

Prosecutors showed clips from Manson's The Golden Age of the Grotesque, in the trial of 16-year-old Luke Mitchell, accused of killing 15-year-old Jodi Jones. Prosecutors showed snippets of the album's bonus DVD which contained images of bound and hooded girls being left in the woods. The prosecution alleges that the video implies molestation -- though nothing but tied bodies are shown -- and that it in part helped inspire Mitchell to kill his schoolmate.

Mitchell told investigators he listened to the goth-lite band before his arrest. How that ties into a murder trial, however, wasn't immediately apparent.

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Metalunderground's "Best Metal Album of The Year"

This year, Metalunderground.com is figuratively handing out an award of its own for "Best Metal Album of The Year." Everyone else hands out "best of year" awards or lists, so why shouldn't we? Afterall, the staff here at metalunderground.com has very diverse tastes, and we know our metal. So this year I asked each of our writers to pick their top 5 albums of 2004 and rank them form 1 to 5. What I saw was a lot of different opinions, but among the differences, two albums rose to the top.

Without further ado...[drum roll, please]...the winner of Metalunderground.com's "Best Metal Album of The Year" honor for 2004 is: More...

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Marilyn Manson Teaches Class At Temple University

Marilyn Manson surprised an unsuspecting class of students Monday (Nov. 22) at Temple University in Philadelphia when he became the Professor of an Art and Society class for the day (photo), as part of MTV's "Stand-In" series. Manson's spin as a philosophy professor was the latest in a regular network feature that has included Sen. John Kerry, Snoop Dogg, and Jesse Jackson.

According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, the students gasped when Manson — decked out in a black suit, shirt and tie, platform shoes with a chrome toe box, his trademark dark lipstick and bulbous sunglasses — entered with a small entourage.

"Oh my god, it's Marilyn Manson," one student said, and the class burst into applause. More...

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