- 28 Mar 01
MARILYN MANSON may be the epitome of Middle America's worst nightmare but, as STUART CLARK discovers, he's not that bad, really. On the agenda: Bono, Eminem, Moby, George W. Bush and the Columbine shootings
It's one of the most remarkable rock 'n' roll sights that Ireland's ever seen. Marilyn Manson entering stage left, and Bono climbing down from the balcony, to join Iggy Pop for a communal demolition of 'Louie Louie'. Never mind shit eating, the superstar backing-singers had grins on their faces that could've devoured a sewage farm.
"That was in the hotpress Hall of Fame place, right?" drawls the more Goth-minded of the duo. "There's always an expectation when you meet one of your idols, and Iggy Pop was everything that I'd hoped for. As well as being great that night on stage, he was very respectful and positive about what I do. To be acknowledged and validated by someone like him is great."
The first thing which strikes you about Marilyn Manson is that, self-proclaimed God of Fuck or not, he's scrupulously polite and well spoken. His records may be a veritable profanity-fest, but one on one he's just as personable as that nice Mr. Hewson.