The keyboardist who sued Marilyn Manson for more than $20 million is walking away with $380,000 after the feuding rockers settled their legal battle in court. The rocker reached a settlement with Stephen Bier -- [also known by stage names Madonna Wayne Gacy and Pogo] -- on December 11, following a two-year court battle.
The $20 million suit, which Bier filed in 2007, accused Manson of breach of contract, alleging the star used money from their former band partnership to buy personal goods including gifts for his ex-wife Dita Von Teese. Manson claimed the band's partnership was dissolved in 1996, but Bier (who left the group in 2007) was adamant he should still be entitled to a share of revenue.
The pair came to a stalemate, and Manson promptly took to the Internet to dismiss rumors he gave in to Bier's demands. According to the Associated Press, Bier is still receiving a substantial $380,000 payout, but Manson won't pay it directly.
Manson's insurance company will hand over $175,000, while Bier's former business managers will pay the remainder.
According to the UK newspaper The Sun, Marilyn Manson has been inspired by the campaign to get RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE to the Christmas No1 ahead of UK X Factor winner Joe McElderry.
A campaign was launched on Facebook early December to get Rage's "Killing in the Name" to the Christmas No.1 slot in the UK charts, which for the past four years has been taken by X Factor winners. The campaign was a success and "Killing in the Name" took the No.1 spot this Christmas.
Marilyn Manson comments - "I don't have anything against SIMON COWELL and The X Factor. It's just nice to see real music at the top of the charts.
Somebody should try to do it next year. Can I suggest one of NINE INCH NAILS' best tracks called Star****ers Inc?
In an interview with comicbookresources.com Lily Cole is asked about the work she did for Marilyn Manson's Phantasmagoria film.
What did you do with Marilyn Manson?
It still hasn't been made, but we made...I guess a trailer or teaser kind of thing for it. It is - or was, not sure if it's still happening - called "Phantasmagoria: The Visions of Lewis Carroll." It's a film based on the relationship between Alice Liddell and Lewis Carroll.
So it's based on historical facts, or is it a dreamy kind of horror movie?
It's a mixture. Manson did a huge amount of research. He's read nearly all of Lewis Carroll's diary and a million books on it, so there are a lot of factual bases. At the same time, the script was very surreal and [fantastical] so it kind of takes that basis as a starting point and twists into it and becomes quite fictional.
But you're an adult Alice.
Now I am, yeah. [Laughs] This was supposed to happen like three or four years ago.
And i don't want this to be confused as anger. Current mood:None
I feel nothing for a person that betrayed me and my band. My band. And I'm sure that if anyone wants to discuss this with him personally, I won't be so rude to NOT give you his or his family's addresses. Since I payed for both soon to be destroyed buildings. That's at least what I just had a dream of, that I awoke from. So good luck to you sir. You are gonna need it Sweet dreams M
I want to make clear that, aside from the wasted legal fees, in no way did I pay off the person that stood behind a keyboard--pretending to play music other artists in this band wrote. And I would not piss on Pogo if he was on fire. Thee end. Or is it? Let's wait until all the really bad things I covered up for him are suddenly uncovered. I got a far more severe type of karma for traitors and people that owe me, legally alot more than what I wasted tolerating your rape of a band you never deserved to be in. M
The settlement of a lawsuit against Marilyn Manson by a former band member is being held up by the filing of a $72,000 lien for attorneys' fees, lawyers told a judge today.
Stephen Bier, better known by the stage names Pogo and Madonna Wayne Gacy, brought his breach-of-contract suit in Los Angeles Superior Court in August 2007 against Manson, whose real name is Brian Warner. The law firm of Grodsky & Olecki also was among numerous other defendants named.
Bier, who was seeking more than $20 million, alleged Manson used money from their former band partnership to buy items ranging from Nazi paraphernalia to a $150,000 engagement ring for ex-wife Dita Von Teese.
Lawyers told Judge Michael L. Stern on Dec. 11 that a settlement was reached, but that some matters had to be completed before he could dismiss the case. The terms of the accord were not divulged. read more...
Marilyn Manson has posted the following bulletin on MySpace,
MUSIC Interscope/nothing to offer- records did not drop Marilyn Manson. When the "do I have to suck your mentally retarded dick for money?" clause ran out. And I was able to choose to be with whatever company, if any, had the brain big enough to understand what I do... I said that I would prefer to not be ass-raped by idiots from this time forward. So anyone who wants to revise history or suck intercope/nothing good records can find the shotguns in the sporting goods section at walmart. Insert barrel. Etc. MM out. read more...
MARILYN MANSON has parted ways with longtime record label Interscope following the disappointing sales performance of the shock-rocker's latest album, entitled "The High End Of Low". "We've just been released from our record contract with Interscope so I think a lot of the creative control on which my hands were tied on a lot of choices - the music videos - things like that," Manson told U.K.'s Metal Hammer magazine. "And the first example is the newest video, they clearly wouldn't have allowed me to make that video. So we started writing new songs on the road - a bit like [David Bowie's album] 'Aladdin Sane' - I think people can expect a new record a lot sooner than we [expected].
When told that he doesn't seem like someone who wouldn't put his foot down with a label, Manson said, "You'd be surprised how much restraint my creativity had which ended up often times in my life, not want to make music because I was so restrained from the music that I wanted to make - what they would allow, they would put out, what ideas they would allow to be conveyed in these videos. At least half of my creative output has been squashed, so now I think people can expect a whole lot more."