Marilyn Manson has posted a new video message on his official Web site to further explain the inspiration behind his new project, "Holy Wood (In The Shadow Of The Valley Of Death)," and to announce its new release date and the band's initial tour plans.
"Holy Wood" is now due out November 14, according to Manson. The first single will be "Disposable Teens," and the tour is scheduled to kick off October 27 in Minneapolis. His "Holy Wood" novel, he added, will be released early next year.
Manson's nine-minute message names Jesus Christ, John F. Kennedy, the Rolling Stones, and The Beatles as influencing his new work. According to Manson, his last three albums have been an autobiographical story in a reverse timeline, with the upcoming record dealing with growing up and "trying to exist in this culture that makes you feel worthless."
Manson referred to Jesus Christ as "the first celebrity" and as a man with "a lot of dangerous ideas that people were afraid
He observed, "I'm sure in his lifetime he never imagined he would be a piece of merchandise to wear around your neck or to hang on a wall."
Manson also noted that with all the current talk about violence in film (see "Eminem Targeted At Senate Hearing"), he's found nothing more shocking than the Zapruder footage that captured the assassination of President Kennedy in 1963.
Another major "Holy Wood" influence, Manson said, was The Beatles song "Across The Universe," which inspired a track on the new record called "Lamb Of God." While John Lennon sang the lyric "nothing's going to change my world," Manson noted, "[Lennon's killer] Mark David Chapman came along and proved him very wrong. That was always something growing up that was very sad and tragic to me, a song that I always identified with."
Manson also said that he related well to The Beatles because the song "Helter Skelter" figured into killings associated with his namesake, Charles Manson. The
performer noted that the song "was the first piece of music to be blamed and associated with violence."
"It became something that I was attracted to, something that greatly inspired the recording of 'Holy Wood,'" he revealed.
The Rolling Stones apparently entered into the mix as well, as Manson said the house he recorded the album in also housed the Stones while they wrote the "Let It Bleed" LP. The material from that album, Manson observed, was featured at the ill-fated Altamont concert, where a fan was stabbed to death by bikers who were providing security.
The video message, titled "Part 1: The Album," is due to be continued later Monday, according to a post on the Web site (www.marilynmanson.net), and purportedly will incorporate answers to questions submitted by fans.