Ginger Fish

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Ginger Fish
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Background information
Birth name Kenneth Robert Wilson
Also known as Kenny Wilson
Born September 28, 1966 (age 47)
Framingham, Massachusetts
Genre(s) Industrial metal, Alternative metal, Rock
Occupation(s) Drummer
Instrument(s) Drums, Piano
Years active 1995–present
Label(s) Interscope, Nothing
Associated acts Marilyn Manson, Martyr Plot, Rob Zombie
Notable instrument(s)
Premier Signia Marquis

Kenneth Robert Wilson (born September 28, 1966), better known by his stage name Ginger Fish, is a professional musician. He is the former drummer of Marilyn Manson and is currently involved in Rob Zombie and his side project Martyr Plot. His stage name is formed from the names Ginger Rogers and Albert Fish. He's been described by Manson as "the quietest and most dangerous of us all, a ticking time bomb gingerly waiting a cataclysmic explosion". Manson's also named Ginger as "the strangest and quietest person in the band". Ginger doesn't do drugs, a rather uncommon feat for members of the band.

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[edit] Biography

Having played drums since he was in second grade, Wilson eventually went to the University of Nevada Las Vegas to study music; during that time he played with several underground bands from the area. The band Marilyn Manson had already agreed to replace their current drummer at the earliest opportunity. Ginger learned the drums off of the first album, Portrait of an American Family, and was asked to join the band in march of 1995. Despite constant band member changes, Ginger is only the second drummer for the band, not counting a previously used drum machine; his playing can be heard on Smells Like Children and every subsequent Manson album, except Eat Me, Drink Me, where Manson decided to use a drum machine. He was temporarily replaced by Chris Vrenna for a year when in 2004 during the Viva Comet Awards a head injury left him unable to tour; however, he remained a member of Marilyn Manson. While Manson was on tour, Ginger started a side project. Rumors of Ginger not returning to Marilyn Manson were squashed after he performed "This Is Halloween" on the Tonight Show with the rest of the band. Though he did not appear on Eat Me, Drink Me, he did a remix for the track "Putting Holes in Happiness", on which his piano playing can be heard.

[edit] Injuries

Ginger is known to have suffered many injuries while performing. His injuries include having a mic stand thrown at his head (video), having a guitar smashed full strength into his hand (nothing was broken in this case besides the guitar), tearing a ligament in his right knee, and falling off the back of his three-foot drum riser and subsequently off the stage (Ginger was replaced by Chris Vrenna after this incident so he could heal during the year-long tour). In addition to these, Ginger's drum tech became fed up with Marilyn trashing the drum sets during the Guns, God and Government tour. Hoping to put and end to this, the drum tech strapped the set to the riser. Manson simply broke the straps, and the extra force caused the kit (and Ginger) to be catapulted off the riser. When he landed, Ginger broke his collarbone. A month after this incident, a disc in his back herniated. Ginger has also had mononucleosis.

[edit] Career

[edit] In music

[edit] Marilyn Manson

Ginger can be heard on Smells Like Children and every subsequent Manson album until and including The Golden Age of Grotesque (2003). On the Guns, God and Government tour in 2001, he broke his hand and collar bone while the band was destroying the stage at the end of a concert. However, he still played with one hand for the rest of the tour. He was temporarily replaced by Chris Vrenna for a whole year when in 2004 during the Viva Comet Awards a head injury left him unable to tour; however, he remained a member of Marilyn Manson.

Fish did not contribute to Marilyn Manson's sixth studio album, Eat Me, Drink Me however, because he was not available during the haste-yet-steady writing and recording process of the album. Despite this, he still remained part of the band, performing drums during the 2007-2008 Rape of the World tour.

During the production of The High End of Low, Ginger played the piano on "Into the Fire", however Chris Vrenna played drums on the whole album itself. [1]

Ginger's role in the recording of Born Villian remained unknown. On February 23, 2011 Ginger Fish announced his departure from the band.

Quotemarks6 left.png After much deliberation and constant reflection of where my life has been , and where it could or should be heading , I am regretful to inform the general population that I have decided to step down as a member of Marilyn Manson , and see where my life , and the knowledge of my availability cares to take me . I can’t stand by to watch opportunities pass me by simply because the knowledge of my availability wasn’t clearly expressed by me . I wish my brothers well , and I expect nothing but great things from them . Sincerely , Ginger Fish Quotemarks6.png
—Ginger Fish @ Twitter
Quotemarks6 left.png I am regretful to inform the fans that I have decided to step down as a member of Marilyn Manson , and see where my life , and the knowledge of my availability cares to take me . I can’t stand by to watch opportunities pass me by simply because the knowledge of my availability wasn’t clearly expressed by me . I wish my brothers well , and I expect nothing but great things from them . Sincerely , Ginger Fish Quotemarks6.png
—Ginger Fish @ Facebook


[edit] Rob Zombie

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In 2011, Ginger joined former bandmate John 5 on tour with Rob Zombie during the February USA warm up dates, while regular drummer, Joey Jordison, from Slipknot/Murderdolls toured in the UK with the Murderdolls. Ginger made his Zombie drumming debut on February 6 2011. A fan reviewing the show had this to say regarding Ginger's performance from February 10th, 2011:
Quotemarks6 left.png Ginger Fish fit right in with the band, had all the songs down perfect and didnt miss a beat. The make up and the clothing were right for the show, with the white and bloody make up. I believe the drum solo he did tonight was longer than the one i had seen in videos from the santa cruz show. Rob mentioned that it was John 5 that suggested Ginger to Rob when Joey went on the road with the Murderdolls and that Ginger wasn't a good drummer, but a GREAT drummer! As a fan of both Manson and Zombie, it was awesome to see Ginger and 5 on stage together again. Quotemarks6.png
Tommy "Bio-Exorcist" Betelgeuse [2]


Ginger was officially announced as new drummer for Rob Zombie in April, 2011 via John 5's official site.

[edit] VJ Ginger Fish Appearances

The following is a list of all of VJ Ginger Fish's appearances.


Date Club City
2010
April 24th, 2010 Bar Sinister Los Angeles, California
May 15th, 2010 Bar Sinister Los Angeles, California
May 30th, 2010 Bar Sinister Los Angeles, California
June 12th, 2010 Bar Sinister Los Angeles, California
June 18th, 2010 Carey Hart's Wasted Space Las Vegas, Nevada
June 25th, 2010 Dungeon Corp. Summer Solistice Van Nuys, California
June 26th, 2010 Bar Sinister Los Angeles, California
July 23rd, 2010 Club Circuitry Sacramento, California
July 24th, 2010 Bar Sinister Los Angeles, California
August 8th, 2010 Santos Party House New York City, New York
August 14th, 2010 Bar Sinister Los Angeles, California
August 28th, 2010 Bar Sinister Los Angeles, California
September 11th, 2010 Bar Sinister Los Angeles, California
September 25th, 2010 Bar Sinister Zombie Ball Los Angeles, California
October 9th, 2010 Bar Sinister Los Angeles, California
October 20th, 2010 Club Hell Providence, Rhode Island
October 30th, 2010 The Shelter Atlanta, Georgia
November 6th, 2010 Bar Sinister Los Angeles, California
December 18th, 2010 Bar Sinister Los Angeles, California
2011
January 16th, 2011 The Asylum Sacramento, California
January 31st, 2011 The Asylum Sacramento, California

[edit] Filmography

[edit] Equipment

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Premier Drums

Zildjian cymbals:

  • 20" Z3 Rock Ride w/ 6" Zil Bel (Small)
  • 18" Z3 China
  • 14" Z3 Hi Hats (2 pairs)
  • 19" Z3 Rock Crash
  • 12" A Special Recording Hi Hats
  • 18" Z3 Medium Crash
  • 16" Z3 Medium Crash

Electronics:

  • Akai S5000 drum module
  • Akai MPC3000 sampling drum machine (for clicks and sequences)
  • Tascam DA-88s (3, providing click track and sound effects)
  • Aura Bass Shakers (2)
  • Crown 1200 power amp (for Aura Bass Shakers)

Other:

  • Aquarian drumheads
  • Promark TX5ABW sticks.
  • DW pedals
  • Gibraltar rack gear
  • Rock n Sock throne with back
  • Shure PSM700 hardwired in-ear monitor system
  • Ultimate Ears UE Pro 5 in-ear monitors
  • Audio-Technica drum mics

[edit] Trivia

  • Ginger Fish once dated actress Alyson Hannigan.
  • Ginger has suffered the most injuries out of any band member, past or present.
  • Ginger does not do drugs unlike the rest of the band.
  • Ginger was homeless and lived in a car for two years at one point in his life.
  • Ginger has a band of his own named Martyr Plot.

[edit] References

  1. [1]. Rock One - Marilyn Manson, The Rise and Fall of Twiggy Stardust. June 2009.
  2. Betelgeuse, Tommy (2011-02-11). "Fan review of Ginger's performance with Rob Zombie, Sacramento, CA". MansonWiki. http://www.facebook.com/Bioexorcist. Retrieved 2011-02-11. 

[edit] External links

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