After an estrangement of several years, Trent Reznor and his one-time protege Marilyn Manson have put aside their own differences and come together on camera and on stage. However, the reunion may have been a bit much for Reznor.
Manson joined Reznor and his Nine Inch Nails on stage Tuesday night at New York's Madison Square Garden for NIN's encore, lending his vocals to "Starf***ers, Inc." and Manson's own "The Beautiful People."
The surprise guest appearance nearly brought down the roof of the Garden, but it also seems to have taken a toll on Reznor. The following day, NIN announced the cancellation of Wednesday night's show at the nearby Nassau Coliseum.
Representatives for Reznor noted that the move was due to the frontman's "swollen vocal cords and vocal strain" and urged fans to seek refunds for their tickets at the point of purchase.
Prior to Tuesday's onstage reunion, Reznor and Manson had mended fences and come together to shoot
the video for "Starf***ers, Inc.," which sees the formerly estranged duo united to take aim at a host of other pop notables.
[article id="1447613"]"It feels good to be back united again, because I think that the bad guys have taken over,"[/article] Reznor told MTV News on Tuesday of the peace accord between the two.
[article id="1447613"]"We shouldn't be competing. There's much more terrible music out there that we should unite against,"[/article] Manson added.
In the video, Reznor takes a date (Manson in drag) to a bizarro carnival, where the NIN frontman strolls through the midway, eventually stopping to toss baseballs at plates adorned with the faces of such stars as Fred Durst, Billy Corgan, Michael Stipe, and even Manson himself.
[article id="1447613"]"We remember a phase where every time you opened up 'Rolling Stone,' there's a picture of Michael Stipe popping out of somebody's underpants, and then it was Billy
Corgan everywhere,"[/article] Reznor said.
[article id="1447613"]"We didn't want to make a video that was like, 'We're bitchy because Limp Bizkit's doing better than we are... in their minds,'"[/article] Manson explained.
[article id="1447613"]"Look, I'm not going to say Limp Bizkit sucks,"[/article] Reznor added. [article id="1447613"]"You know it. I know it. I'm not going to say it."[/article]
However, the duo gets even nastier in its attack on Courtney Love, who is portrayed in the video as an aging, overweight, overly made-up former prom queen who resides in the carnival's dunk tank atop a vat simply marked "waste."
[article id="1447613"]"Manson said it best: There's mean, and then this is just brutal," [RealVideo][/article] Reznor said.
Reznor and Nine Inch Nails will continue to spread the love on their "Fragility 2.0" tour, which features A Perfect Circle in the opening slot:
- 5/12 - Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post
- 5/13 - Raleigh, NC @ Alltel Pavilion @ Walnut Creek
- 5/14 - Charlotte, NC @ Blockbuster Pavilion
- 5/17 - Miami, FL @ Miami Arena
- 5/18 - Lakeland, FL @ Lakeland Center
- 5/20 - Atlanta, GA @ Lakewood Amphitheatre
- 5/22 - Houston, TX @ Compaq Center
- 5/23 - Dallas, TX @ Starplex Amphitheatre
- 5/25 - New Orleans, LA @ New Orleans Arena
- 5/27 - Maryland Heights, MO @ Riverport Amphitheatre
- 5/28 - Kansas City, MO @ Kemper Arena
- 5/30 - Omaha, NE @ Omaha Civic Auditorium
- 6/2 - Las Vegas, NV @ Thomas & Mack Center
- 6/4 - Phoenix, AZ @ Arizona Mem. Coliseum
- 6/6 - Anaheim, CA @ Arrowhead Pond
- 6/7 - San Francisco, CA @ Cow Palace
- 6/9 - George, WA @ The Gorge
- 6/10 - Portland, OR @ Rose Garden Arena
- 6/12 - Spokane, WA @ Spokane Arena
- 6/13 - Vancouver, BC @ General Motors Place
- 6/15 - Nampa, ID @ Idaho Center
- 6/17 - West Valley, UT @ E Center
- 6/18 - Denver,
CO @ TBA