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.”