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Rob Zombie And Marilyn Manson Curse Each Other Out On Stage In Detroit

At last night’s show (Friday, Oct. 12th) in Clarkston, MI at the DTE Amphitheater, Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson kinda went off on each other, resulting in some profanity-laden moments being tossed around by both parties. What supposedly happened is that Marilyn Manson began his show late and wasn’t able to get the full setlist in that was originally intended. As a result, Manson apparently told the crowd that he was, “…going to beat his ass,”, supposedly in reference to Rob Zombie. When Zombie went onstage, he took his time onstage as an opportunity to curse our Manson. This was especially apparent in the band’s cover of Alice Cooper‘s “Schools Out”, where he continuously said, “Fuck you, Marilyn Manson!” and “Suck it, Marilyn Manson!” Video of this can be seen below as well as a Facebook post from Rob Zombie.

Look, it’s pretty simple in my mind: If Manson went on late, he needs to realize that his set will be cut short. Tours have a VERY specific schedule that they need to adhere to. Remember that the crew has to break down the sets, load them up, and get to the next location so they can build everything before the show and do sound checks and everything else required to ensure a show goes smoothly. Manson knows this as he’s been touring for the better part of 20 years. So for him to lose it like this is not only childish, it’s idiotic. Then again, there might be things happening backstage that I have no clue about, so who’s to say?

From Rob Zombie’s official Facebook:
As stupid as this all is, I feel I must clear things up a little better. First off, I want to thank all the fans who came out in the freezing cold in Detroit last night. It was a total blast as always.

Unfortunately things turned ugly backstage. Why? I don’t know, but for some reason our touring partner decided to end his set by blaming me for something that I had nothing to do with and screaming he was going to “kick Rob Zombie’s ass as soon as he got off stage”.

Go figure. I was backstage hanging, watching the show thinking “hey this is gonna be a great night”, when suddenly he starts screaming threats. So strange. I don’t get it. Christ, I’ve known some of his crew for 20 fucking years and some of his crew used work for me. It’s all good. No one would fuck with someone’s show. It is ridiculous.

Well, of course I felt the need to respond to the ” kick my ass remark”. Who wouldn’t? Although I wish I had kept it backstage and kept the fans out of it. It is all 4rd grade fight after school nonsense of which I have never dealt with on tour before. Co-headlining tours always go smooth because everything is cut 50/50 and I mean everything. No one fucks with anyone’s show. It is even fucking Steven.

I’ve done it co-headlining tours many times before and have had no troubles. Not with Pantera, Slayer, Alice Cooper, Korn, Megadeth or anyone ever. So I didn’t expect any troubles on this. It seemed like a great idea at the time.

But shit happens. Anyway, sorry to the fans who had to dealt with the embarrassing stupidity of it all. We are all there for the same reasons to give you the best show ever… that’s it.

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  • frankstark

    they are playing at my home town of clarkston MI

    • JonathanBarkan

      This happened at the show last night in Clarkston.

  • Kainrich

    I used to be a massive MM fan in high school, especially around the HolyWood era. John 5 and Ginger were probably my fav members of the band. The idea of Rob and Manson touring together sounded great to me, giving me hope that maybe he would reunite with his ex bandmates for old times sake, if even for only a few songs. Figures, nearly 20 years aof being in the music “scene”and this guy still hasn’t grown up. His past few albums are atrocious as well.

  • While I’m not a huge fan of either of these guys, I’m curious to know what set off Marilyn Manson in the first place. On both sides it sounds like their public outbursts about each other were pretty unprofessional. At least Zombie tried to explain his side, take his own share of the blame and apologize to the fans. That much is pretty respectable.

  • Milk

    >I love horror movies so obviously I love metal. mfw.

  • mav07

    this is hilarious. It’s even funnier that most of Mansons band mates are now with Rob.
    Rob is always awesome in concert. I saw Manson a few years ago and he was completely ripped on some sort of drug/booze combo. He slurred and stumbled his way through the show.


    Normally I say fuck these musical updates from BD, but at least these two people have something to do with horror. I don’t give a fuck about what the guy from green day does.

    Step up your game BD. thanks for getting rid of the pop up ads, though.

    • doomas10

      BD has a section for music- usually it is related to rock and metal due to their themes and image display. Simple, do not come to the music section. The rest of us, who do not mind read music news in a horror website, will enjoy it.

  • Alan-Morlock

    Manson has been completely sucking out on this tour. Every stop of the way, the reviews have reported him as slurring though his sets and that was definitely my experience at the St. Louis show on the 5th. Zombie though has been killing it. Its a shame to see these kinds of conflicts turning up on a tour so many people anticipated.

  • doomas10

    I couldn’t wait for this tour to hit Manchester as I have never seen Manson live and Rob zombie is like a god to me. However, after reading all these underwhelming reviews about Manson’s performance, I am very disappointed about him. However, I couldn’t care less, since at least I have Zombie to make up for any potential shit performance

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