Marilyn Manson onstage
This is also the first live Marilyn Manson performance debut for Chris Vrenna on drums and Mark Chaussee on guitar. Chris is a temporary replacement for the injured Ginger but it's unknown if Mark is also 'temping' or will stay with the band.27 October 2004
Update to Vivienne Westwood storyThe Westwood people gave this information: 'Marilyn Manson and Dita Von Teese are going to feature couture MAN and Gold Label lines in our advertisement campaign for S/S 2005 season.'
I look forward to that.Monday 25 October 2004
Guitarist Mark Chaussee joins Marilyn MansonSo now we know who the mystery replacement guitarist is - but is this just for the Against All Gods tour? Mark Chaussee - who replaces John5 - was formerly of Rob Halford's band FIGHT. Which is a little ironic given that FIGHT was the predecessor to the band 'Two' that Rob Halford and John Lowery (John5) formed. Life is circular as much as linear.
Manson and Dita: faces of fashionFrom the UK's Sunday Mirror newspaper:
S&M FETISH fan Marilyn Manson is set to be a fashion model - I kid you not.
The 35-year-old freaky one and his Playboy pin-up fiancee - Dita Von Teese - are to be the new faces of Vivienne Westwood's Spring/Summer clothing range.
They have just been filming in Paris. I'm also told Westwood will be designing Ms Von Teese's wedding frock for next year.
I think they're mistaken about the 'next year' part for the wedding but then who really knows apart from Manson and Dita? I've been assuming they'll get married in December this year.Sunday 17 October 2004
Manson's make-up and Dita's dressMarilyn Manson plans to launch his own make-up range. He comments: 'I like the idea as, to be honest, I'm fed up with promoting this look for others to take the whole benefit.'
Meanwhile, Dita Von Teese decides who will design her wedding dress: 'I think I might wear Vivienne Westwood for the ceremony and Roland Mouret for the party,' and adds, 'We prefer winter dressing, dark colours. Summertime for us is planning our outfits for the winter.'
Source: Vogue magazine onlineSaturday 16 October 2004
Trivia: Manson had a prefered brand of lipstick that was part of their band merchandise pre-1996. I remember reading about it - shocking red most likely. Wait a minute, I just found out it was called 'Whore Red'. I should have guessed.
USA - Performance on Mad TVThe band record/perform 'Personal Jesus' on Mad TV. As expected, Chris Vrenna fills in on drums for the injured Ginger, but there's also an as yet unidentified person on guitar. When will this show be broadcast?
Friday 15 October 2004
Ginger back in AmericaHe can't remember the accident itself but said it 'sounds nasty' when told the details. I'd say that his not remembering is a sign of just how serious a knock he took. His recovery seems to be going well now.
11 October 2004
Manson Mask mark IIAn email to fans tells us:
Marilyn Manson mask.
Marilyn Manson masks
Chris Vrenna confirmed as stand-in drummerThe official site confirms that Chris Vrenna, formerly of Nine Inch Nails, will play drums on the Against All Gods American tour. Here's Chris in a cosy cable knit pullover.
More about GingerThe official news: 'Ginger is expected to make a full recovery within several weeks.' Hope so. The speculation has been rife. He may well still be in hospital in Cologne despite an earlier (non-official) report saying he'd left there on Saturday, 25 September.
3 October 2004