2015/06/13 A shower with Marilyn... Manson
|A shower with Marilyn... Manson|
SCARY? Marilyn Manson has mellowed out in recent years and is looking to shake people's hands rather than shock [GETTY]
|Article on Marilyn Manson|
|Date||June 13, 2015|
- MARILYN Manson will never follow Metallica’s lead by playing Glasto.
The legendary shock rocker hits Download this weekend, the Mecca for metal fans.
He vowed never to abandon his cult status by joining the Glasto masses like Metallica did last year. As uncompromising as ever, Manson told me: “I’d never do that or anything mainstream for the sake of it. I never try to think about a fan-base, otherwise you become the waiter rather than the cook.”
Exotic I can now say I’ve showered with a rock star, although Marilyn Manson probably wouldn’t have been top of my list.
What was said about the cubicle stays in the cubicle. But suffice to say the charmer did suggest we “hose down” afterwards!
Being honoured in the UK means a lot to the man reared on David Bowie and Iron Maiden. “British music has been the most infl uential on me,” he shared. “Everything was so exotic here – even Kerrang! came in a plastic bag like a pornographic magazine.”
Manson found it galling a decade earlier when bands like The Darkness turned metal into parody.
He said: “People listened to The Darkness and didn’t understand Judas Priest existed, so when they went back they thought Judas Priest was funny.
“I was mad 10 years ago, but these bands today suck so much more than I could ever comprehend.
“If you have four words in your band name it’s too many – The Doors, The Beatles, Marilyn Manson.” He still possesses the ability to shock but Manson has definitely mellowed of late.
He explained: “2014 was my year of realising I didn’t like the way my life had gone for the past few years.
“I wanted to make a change. It’s almost as if I’m at the start of my career again. I’m saying: ‘Here’s me’, which is great place to be.
“People may know me for my name or school shootings or rock songs. But I want to reintroduce myself to the world, I just shake hands with everyone.
“I started music before the word celebrity was introduced to the art form, although absurdly I have become a celebrity.”
He recently hit top form again with new album The Pale Emperor.
Manson said: “I explored the blues but now I’m working on a country record – death country.”
Acting has also become a passion. “I did a show where I play a hit-man called Let Me Make You A Martyr.
“I got to skin a coyote. I had open wounds on my hands so I was worried about coyote Aids.”
He wipes his hands on my sleeve: “I don’t know if we get coyote Aids but if I got ’em you got ’em too.” Time for another shower.