It's been eight months since Marilyn Manson's latest album, "Born Villain," came out, and the shock rocker says the material hasn't let him down as he's taken it to the stage.
"I've enjoyed watching the album come to life and seeing what people relate to," says Manson, 44, who was born Brian Warner in Canton, Ohio, and has released nine controversy-causing studio albums. "I think it sounds as raw as I wanted it to. I've found myself being drawn back to making more punch to my statements in music. It has to do with it being an election year and...the challenge of discussing religion and politics and being strong without preaching.
"I'm back to not thinking that it matters to get your heart set on hoping to change the world or the economy or life or the United States of America or anything like that; I'm more into changing one person's mind. If I see someone smile or get angry or take their shirt off or try to stab me, then I know I made an affect -- not that I want things to happen in that order."
Though he's still touring to support "Born Villain" -- which as spawned the singles "No Reflection" and "Slo-Mo-Tion" -- Manson is already thinking about a batch of new multi-media projects. Reviving "Phantasmagoria: The Visions of Lewis Carroll," which he began working on in 2004 with co-writer Anthony Silva, is on the agenda. And there's a book he wrote as a companion to his 2000 album "Holy Wood (In the Shadow of the Valley of Death)" that was shelved but may still have a future life, according to Manson.
"The title may change because I don't want it to be tied to an era or an album, but I'm not changing the stories," he says. "It's sort of dystopian, somewhere between a 'Brave New World' and '1984' approach and mixing in some things that never did exist except in my brain. I went back and re-read it, and I've got ideas for new and different ways to make that book.
"And who knows -- I have a book-binding kit, so I might make one copy, put it out on a street corner and see who finds it. Or I might go old school and make a flyer and spread that around to sell it. It's not like I've ever been conventional, so I'm totally open to different ideas, you know?"
Marilyn Manson and the Butcher Babies perform Tuesday, Jan. 22, at the Fillmore Detroit, 2115 Woodward Ave. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $25-$45. Call 313-961-5450 or visit www.livenation.com.
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