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Is Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson's Twins Of Evil tour turning into a fight?
Despite respectful words about each other prior to the tour's start, it seems to be headed that way -- unless, of course, it's just show biz.
The trouble seems to have started after the group played October 11 in Chicago, when Manson posted a Twitter note saying: "Sorry to Chicago for not getting to play 'Beautiful People.' You can sing it in between Zombie songs, his band has already played it" -- a reference to Zombie group members John 5 and Ginger Fish, both alumni of Manson's band.
The following night (October 12) at the DTE Energy Music Theatre outside Detroit, Manson accused Zombie of cutting his set short, telling the crowd, "I'm going to kick (Zombie's) ass."
Zombie responded during his set, telling fans that "Some tours just don't f***ing go together."
He said he was tired of Manson's "rock star s***," and while performing a cover of Alice Cooper's "School's Out" took several shots at Manson, calling him by his real first name (Brian) and referring to him as "some punk-a** bitch."
In a Facebook posting the following day, Zombie wrote: "Just to clear up the rumors flying around. Neither I nor anyone working for me made Manson cut his show short. It is a co-headliner and we both play the exact same set length every night. It is all very simple, but if one of us chooses to go on late for whatever reason, that time will have to come out of their set. That just the way it works, that is the way it always works. There is no evil plan going on. It is all complete nonsense."
Then, in a longer and more detailed message, Zombie related:
"As stupid as this all is, I feel I must clear things up a little better. First off, I want to thank all the fans who came out in the freezing cold in Detroit last night. It was a total blast as always. Unfortunately things turned ugly backstage. Why? I don't know, but for some reason our touring partner decided to end his set by blaming me for something that I had nothing to do with and screaming he was going to 'kick Rob Zombie's ass' as soon as he got off stage. Go figure."
"I was backstage hanging, watching the show thinking 'hey this is gonna be a great night,' when suddenly he starts screaming threats. So strange. I don't get it. Christ, I've known some of his crew for 20 f-ing years and some of his crew used work for me. It's all good. No one would fu- with someone's show. It is ridiculous. Well, of course I felt the need to respond to the 'kick my ass' remark. Who wouldn't? Although I wish I had kept it backstage and kept the fans out of it. It is all 4rd grade fight after school nonsense of which I have never dealt with on tour before. Co-headlining tours always go smooth because everything is cut 50/50 and I mean everything. No one f—'s with anyone's show."
"It is even f—-ng Steven. I've done it co-headlining tours many times before and have had no troubles. Not with Pantera, Slayer, Alice Cooper, Korn, Megadeth or anyone ever. So I didn't expect any troubles on this. It seemed like a great idea at the time. But sh- happens. Anyway, sorry to the fans who had to dealt with the embarrassing stupidity of it all. We are all there for the same reasons to give you the best show ever -- that's it."
The Twins Of Evil Tour continues October 15 in Youngstown, Ohio, and runs through October 31 in the U.S., with 13 shows in Europe during November and December.
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