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Interview:
Marilyn Manson -- still creepy after all these years
 

By GARY GRAFF
Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

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It's been a very visible recent run for Marilyn Manson.

After co-writing the theme song for WGN America's "Salem" he took a role in the final season of FX's "Sons of Anarchy," playing a white supremacist named Ron Tully and contributing some music to the show's soundtrack. His ninth album, "Pale Emperor" came out in Jan. 20.

Other creative pursuits -- visual art, writing, video -- are ongoing, and Manson, who performs Tuesday, Feb. 3, at the Fillmore Detroit, says it's all interconnected in his world.

"It seems like a time for me where I'm really following in the footsteps of a hero of mine, Salvador Dali," says Manson 46, who was born Brian Warner in Canton, Ohio, and became a pop culture lightning rod with his outspokenly anti-religious viewpoints and macabre stage theatrics. "I'm trying to express myself in any manner I can. As long as what I do is great, to me, it's worth pursuing. I'm really enjoying doing it."

Manson is also enjoying having a greater degree of control over that work, too, especially on the musical tip. LIke its predecessor, 2012's "Born Villain," "The Pale Emperor" was released on Manson's own Hell Inc. label, a move he says is till paying dividends.

"I've always had control over what I created," he explains, "and once I turned it over in the past to the record label, what happened after that wasn't always to my liking. I think a lot of it was more their stupidity, trying to fit me into a hole I didn't belong in, and that would of course make you confused about what you're supposed to be as an artist, not even just as a person.

"So getting off Interscope gave me the ability to think exactly how you would when you're starting out."

And, he adds, the aggressive tone of "The Pale Emperor" -- written by Manson and guitarist Tyler Bates and shifting between topical and introspective -- also hearkens back to the provocative work on which he established his reputation and following.

"I've found myself drawn back to having more punch to my statements in music and in everything that I say or do," Manson notes, "visually or coming from my mouth, on stage, off stage, in interviews, whatever it might be.

"But I'm really back to not wanting to be involved in hoping to change the world or the economy or life for the United States of America, 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 effect on them -- not that I want things to happen in that order, of course."

Marilyn Manson

Tuesday, Feb. 3. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Fillmore Detroit, 2115 Woodward Ave.

Tickets are $32.50-$63.

Call 313-961-5450 or visit www.livenation.com.


Web Site: www.livenation.com

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