Say what you will about Marilyn Manson, if you ever get the chance to meet him in person, you will discover that — surprisingly — he is not an asshole. Given his dark demeanor and look, one might assume he gives off bad vibes, but the few times we’ve come in contact with him, we’ve felt like he was a pretty chill dude, approachable even. We haven’t been disappointed when we’ve actually done so, but that may be because we’re an LA Weekly reporter (and a female one at that). Is he an egomanic sicko when you really get to know him? Maybe (Dita Von Teese and Evan Rachel Wood surely know the answer). His personna would suggest so, but that’s what makes him a much-worhiped rockstar.
This weekend he mugged for our camera with bandmate Twiggy at Studio Servitu in downtown, which was hosting an artshow for his pal Nick Kushner. Kushner makes art with his own blood, and as he explained to us at the opening, it’s his way of literally putting part of himself into his work. Talking to him about it, we were reminded of KISS, who famously put their own blood into a comic back in the 70′s. This goes way beyond that, however, and creepy or not, the works are really quite beautiful.
Twiggy was the DJ for the event (spinning appropo sounds from the likes Christian Death and My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult), but Manson took control of the laptop midway through the party. What would he play, we wondered? The answer was more noteworthy (and blog-worthy) than we might have imagined. He played tracks from his much-anticipated new album, Born Villain, for the public for the first time (well, a very exclusive, pierced and tattooed portion of the public). The advancing short film -directed by Shia LaBeouf was also screened.
Ironically, after the opening, our next stop was a Buddyhead show at The Mint featuring The Icarus Line and The Warlocks. Why was it ironic? Read this and you’ll understand. And talk about ironic, after all the death threat dramz, our former web editor at the Weekly, Erin Broadley is now writing MM’s official biography and we can’t wait to read it!
Read our review of the Buddyhead show here.
Studio Servitu will also be featured in a piece we did for LA Weekly’s print edition about the “Underground Sketch” scene. Look for it on news stands this week!
Below, a sneak peek photo we shot at one of the Dr. Sketchy events at Servitu, covered in our article, coming out tomorrow.