Marilyn Manson has been on the road fairly consistently this year, and he will start next year out the same way as he announces a month-long tour starting in January.
The new dates will kick off January 18 at the Eagles Ballroom in Milwaukee, and the trek is scheduled to continue through a show at the Club Nokia in Los Angeles on February 21. In between, Manson also will visit Cincinnati, Detroit, Boston, Montreal, Vancouver and San Francisco, among others. The Butcher Babies will open all shows.
The tour will continue to support Born Villain, Manson’s most recent album that was released in May of this year. The album is Manson’s eighth studio album, and the first on his own Cooking Vinyl Records. The record debuted at number 10 on the Billboard 200 albums chart.
“Born Villain” also is the title of a short film Manson produced with actor Shia LeBeouf. The album serves as a soundtrack for the movie.
“Born Villain is the title of the new Marilyn Manson album,” Manson wrote on his website by way of explanation. “While looking to experiment in unlikely collaborations, I met Shia, and we spent a long night at my studio. After seeing “Manic,” his short film, which is somewhat inspired by ‘Man Bites Dog,’ I was astonished by his directing ability. So I shared quite a few of my favorite inspirations in art, literature, and obviously… film. I was impressed with how Shia digested my world, and made what I’d like to think, is both an homage and a mockery of the history of Cinema… The score is from my new album, and is, in the words of Macbeth, ‘full of sound and fury.’”
Manson is currently finishing up the Twins of Evil Tour with Rob Zombie, and will take a short break around the holidays before the new tour leg begins.
Marilyn Manson and Rob Zombie have been announced as the headliners for a new festival called Rock Vegas.
Being described as “Sin City’s Loudest Two Day Rock Music Festival,” the even will be held September 28-29 at the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas. In addition to the headliners, concertgoers also will be able to catch Shinedown, Godsmack, Staind, Papa Roach, Buckcherry, Stonesour, P.O.D., Adelitas Way, All That Remains and many more.
“The lineup is incredible for any rock fan, and the stage and sound system will be massive!” says Godsmack drummer Shannon Larkin. “Add to that the location, LAS VEGAS… what more could you ask for! This is gonna be HUGE! Get your party boots on and come to the biggest spectacle in the country! You won’t regret it! Vegas Baby!!!”
The event will be presented by the Vegas rock radio station KOMP 92.3, and will be powered by Rockstar Energy Drink. John Reese, John Oakes and CAA will produce the festival in conjunction with Live Nation.
“Since Las Vegas is the capital of live entertainment, I can’t think of a better place to stage a massive show like Rock Vegas,” said Rich Best, Executive Vice President of Booking for Live Nation in Southern California. “You’ve got two of rock’s greatest showmen in Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson, pared with the killer anthems of Godsmack and Shinedown and so much more. Plus, Sin City’s glitz and glamour make Rock Vegas the perfect destination event for fans across the country.”
“We’re excited to host the first annual Rock Vegas at Mandalay Bay,” said the Executive Vice President of Entertainment for the resort, Chris Baldizan. “We have one of the premier even spaces in Las Vegas and feel it will be the perfect fit for what we expect will become a perennial tradition.”
Born Villain is a self-proclaimed return to form for Marilyn Manson, or at least a back-to-basics approach on a personal level. He moved to live and work in less affluent conditions during its recording, and tried to further recreate the conditions of his earlier work by listening to the albums which inspired him when he was creating his sound two decades ago.
Manson has said that the album was heavily inspired by Macbeth and The Flowers of Evil. The latter is the title of the 7th track, and he recites from Macbeth on the intro to ‘Overneath the Path of Misery’, saying, “It is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.” Manson explained the relationship between that passage and his career in an interview with NME, saying, “This is what I’ve done. What does it all mean? It’s loud, exciting, but does anyone get it?”
The world has changed a bit during his time making music, and however few and far between the people who really “got it” used to be, it’s a less popular way of thinking these days. Angsty teens will always exist, but the common subcultures of today are generally more colorful, and more positive. Anger isn’t very cool right now. It’s as likely that much of Manson’s potential audience in this culture will see the video for ‘No Reflection’ and wonder who cast Nicolas Cage as Skrillex, and why exactly he’s so goddamn angry.
Marylin Manson is a pop star who presents ugliness alongside beauty, asking the world to embrace or abhor him, with little regard for which. In that respect he may find a new audience among the acolytes of an artist like Lady Gaga. Or for his strong atheist message, which is more accepted now than ever before–though, it may also be less shocking, which could work against him.
The cacophony of Marilyn Manson has always been very controlled, and for all of the moments designed to be intentionally ugly, it’s easy to glean the prettiness below the surface. This is what always had him stand apart from his contemporaries in goth rock, almost none of whom remain relevant today.
Every song on Born Villain is easily imagined on the radio or as a single. He is a master of catchy, and totally singable melodies, bathed in grit and grime. That should set him apart just as much today as it ever did, but it’s hard to say whether or not the world is going to take him seriously. It’s rare to find a person in their forties or higher who can express their aggressive side very strongly, without sort of making an ass of themselves, but Marilyn Manson has well earned his credibility by now. He shouldn’t be dismissed, no matter how far he wants to go in exploring his dark side.
‘Pistol Whipped’ is an ode to spousal abuse, with lyrics like, “When I undo my belt you melt and you walk away with a red, red, red welt,” and, “You look so pretty when you cry. Don’t want to hit you, but the only thing between our love is a bloody nose, a busted lip and a blackened eye.”
None of it is particularly shocking, if it ever really was–at least not for anyone with even a slight interest in picking up an album by Marilyn Manson. If anything, Born Villain is slightly toned down from some of his past work, which had him shouldering the blame for everything from the Columbine massacre to the murder of an Italian nun. The only thing he’s really guilty of is getting people thinking.
The album drags on a bit, clocking in at over an hour of songs that seem less unique by sheer volume (in two respects). The only track to really break the trance is the very last one, a less than completely serious cover of ‘You’re So Vain’ which lightens the tone without letting up on the rancor of the guitar. It kind of swoops in at the last second of the record, as if to actually promote the forgetability of the whole.
It’s a good record, and very consistent with what Marilyn Manson has always put out. In terms of its back-to-basics intent, whether it goes back to the mid-90s and recaptures Manson’s magic and mystique, well, not really. It would take a lot for an artist so infamous to really surprise the world again, but on its own, just as music, Born Villain is totally relevant and a worthy record.
Slipknot, System of a Down and Marilyn Manson will headline the second annual TO Festival in Toronto this summer.
The three artists will appear along with a slew of other hard rock and metal artists in Toronto’s Downsview Park August 11-12. Other notable artists performing at the festival include Killswitch Engage, Deftones, Lamb of God, Suicidal Tendencies, Dethklok, Cancer Bats, Five Finger Death Punch and Cannibal Corpse.
The same lineup will also play the Canadian Heavy MTL festival, which will be held the same weekend in Montreal. That festival will be held at Parc Jean-Drapeau in Montreal. The Saturday lineup for the TO festival will play on Sunday in Montreal, and vice-versa. Both festivals are presented by Live Nation.
While two-day passes to the TO Festival are regularly $145, fans can opt for the Live Nation Lounge Platinum Weekend Pass, which are $500. For the extra money, fans get access to a private bar and restrooms, complimentary food and parking along with bleacher seating with premium views of both stages. Neither price includes service charges or charity fees.
Marilyn Manson will use his appearance at the festivals to promote his upcoming album, Born Villain, which is scheduled to be released at the end of this month. The album was written by Manson as the soundtrack to a short film of the same name, which was directed by actor Shia LeBeouf.
The album will contain a bonus track featuring Johnny Depp and Manson covering Carly Simon’s classic “You’re So Vain.” Earlier this month, Depp joined Manson on stage during a Los Angeles concert. Depp played guitar on Manson’s cover of the Eurythmics’ “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This).”
Taylor Momsen, an actress best known for her appearance on “Gossip Girl” and “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” also appeared as a special guest at the same L.A. Manson show. She performed “The Dope Show” with Manson, and also fronts her own band called The Pretty Reckless.
On the verge of kicking off a tour of Australia next week, Marilyn Manson has announced a U.S. tour that will see the band on American stages beginning at the end of this April and will keep them on the road through the majority of May. The tour will coincide with the release of the group’s eighth studio album, Born Villian, which also will be released that month.
Dubbed the Cruel World Tour, the trek will begin at the Hampton Casino in Hampton Beach, N.H. and, 14 concerts later, end in Columbus, Ohio at Crew Stadium as part of the Rock on the Range Festival. Other cities the band will play during the tour include Atlantic City, N.J.; Pittsburgh; Des Moines, Iowa; Houston; Kansas City, Mo.; Minneapolis and Milwaukee. More dates are expected to be added soon.
After the current Australian Tour ends in early March, the band will play four dates in Japan and one in Taiwan before returning to America. After the American dates, the band will head to Europe for a number of dates lasting through mid July.
Born Villian shares its name with a short film Manson produced with actor Shia LeBeouf, and serves as a soundtrack for the short. Back in September, he posted a statement about the project on his website.
“Born Villian is the title of the new Marilyn Manson album. While looking to experiment in unlikely collaborations, I met Shia, and we spent a long night at my studio. After seeing “Manic,” his short film, which is somewhat inspired by ‘Man Bites Dog,’ I was astonished by his directing ability. So I shared quite a few of my favorite inspirations in art, literature, and obviously… film. I was impressed with how Shia digested my world, and made what I’d like to think, is both an homage and a mockery of the history of Cinema. We ended up writing a short film, and just recently released a trailer. The score is from my new album, and is, in the words of Macbeth, ‘full of sound and fury.’”