When we originally called up Marilyn Manson to sneak peek his Las Vegas shows, it was nearly 11 p.m. the day after Labor Day 2017. He was in the TELEVISION room of his LA house, looking at an image of one of his “greatest idols,” Salvador Dalí, and considering going to get a giant back tattoo. News of his 10th studio album had not been made public yet; we were speaking about the record with the stipulation of a strict details embargo.
Like the best-laid plans, however, things went haywire. One week before the release of Paradise Benefit Down– a fine album incorporating twitching electro, gothic grooves, corrosive commercial rock and cinematic blues– Manson broke his leg after a stage prop fell on him during a program in New York City, forcing him to postpone a run of concerts including his 2 Las Vegas dates (now back on for January 12 and 13).
A few weeks after that, original Marilyn Manson guitar player Daisy Berkowitz passed away of colon cancer– then, two days later on, Manson fired bassist Twiggy Ramirez in the wake of rape accusations imposed by an ex-girlfriend. In early November, Manson himself courted debate when he pointed a fake weapon at the audience during a program in the hours after the Sutherland Springs, Texas, church massacre.
Back in late summer, however, the captivating raconteur held court on the phone for a freewheeling 30 minutes. The rambling discussion was sprayed with deadpan humor (“I do not like to bet, other than with my life and my health”) and a couple of minutes of, “Is he messing with us?” However the rocker discussed everything from previous Vegas sees (he did acid here, which he calls “a bad option, bad life decision”) to why Paradise Benefit Down’s postponed release date– it was originally due in early 2017– was for the very best: The lyrics for “Discovery # 12,” the title track and “the most important piece of the record,” the eight-minute “Saturnalia,” would not have made it to the disc.
The latter song was finished mere days prior to the musician found his father “was sicker than I thought” and ended up flying to visit him in the exact same Canton, Ohio, health center in which Manson himself was born. “I didn’t understand I was saying goodbye to him at that point,” he shared. “I got to say, ‘Hey, Daddy,’ kissed him, held his hand, and I got to appreciate life in a various way, because he gettinged a test and died Thirty Minutes later on– and then was recharged. And the next early morning, I needed to be the one who decided to take him off life support.”
The state of mind on the phone was naturally somber at this point as Manson continued, “His sister– my auntie– was in the room with him. I didn’t wish to see him pass away two times, since as soon as was difficult enough. My aunt told me I was doing the right thing. I didn’t want to be selfish and keep him around if he didn’t want to be there. I believe he awaited me to come see him to say goodbye. I never ever got to play him my album, and I’m so pleased with it. It has so much of his influence of me maturing in it. In certain odd methods, I hear it.”
Then, rather suddenly, Manson’s funny bone reappeared. “My aunt stated he would not hold her hand when he lastly died, since he had his hand on his penis. My father would definitely desire me to tell you that story, because he headed out like a pimp.”
Casual anecdote aside, it was clear that, two months eliminated from his dad’s passing, Manson was still impacted by the experience– although he had the perspective to see precisely how Paradise Advantage Down associated to his recent trauma.
“My father made me assure that I would not fall to pieces and never to be a failure,” he said. “I’ve had points in my life where I have actually not been as great as I believed I ought to be. So I have actually made an effort to be as excellent as I can be, and I feel that this record has certainty to it. I don’t think he had to hear it. I understand that he knew it when I informed him about it.
“I would send him lyrics that I wrote, and he would inform me that they were great. He wasn’t telling me how his health [was] and things like that. I think he was concealing it from me, since he didn’t want me to be distracted. He was being a stubborn daddy. I most likely would do the exact same thing, I suppose.”
MARILYN MANSON with Amazonica. January 12-13, 8 p.m., $65. Home of Blues, 702-632-7600.