When Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson confirmed plans for a co-headlining tour, our first thought was “Wow, what a perfect pairing. Why haven’t these two shock rockers toured together before?” Well now we might know why it took so long, as the two had some choice words for each other during Friday night’s (October 12) show in Detroit.
It all started when Manson accused Zombie of cutting into his allotted set time while onstage, saying at the end of his set in Detroit that he was going to kick Zombie’s ass. Manson even called Zombie out the night prior (October 11) via Twitter, saying “Sorry to Chicago for not getting to play ‘Beautiful People.’ You can sing it in between Zombie songs, his band has already played it.” Well as fan filmed footage shows (see below), Zombie didn’t take too kindly to Manson’s threats and accusations. Not only did he reportedly yell “Suck it Marilyn fucking Manson” numerous times throughout his set (among many explicative directed at his tour mate), but even went as far to dedicate his cover of “School’s Out” to “the only real shock rocker there ever was, not some punk-ass bitch, Alice Cooper.”
The following night, though, Zombie went to his social networks to clarify (at least from his point of view) what happened, saying:
“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 4th 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 deal 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.”
In hindsight, finding out that Manson and Zombie aren’t getting along on tour shouldn’t come as a shock. Manson has publicly clashed with co-headliners before (most notably with Courtney Love), and Buzz Osbourne will attest that Zombie isn’t the most pleasant to tour with. Manson and Zombie are supposed to tour together until December (performing in Europe after North America), but will it last that long? Guess we’ll have to wait and see.
Watch fan filmed footage of both Manson and Zombie calling each other out while onstage in Detroit after the jump.