Marilyn Manson Discusses Post-Columbine Shell Shock

Marilyn Manson's new live album, "The Last Tour On Earth," arrives in stores this week, and it highlights one doozy of a year for Marilyn, Twiggy, and the rest of the Manson musical family.

"The Last Tour On Earth" documents Marilyn Manson's last tour of this century, 1999's ill-fated North American leg of the "Rock Is Dead" outing. The tour began with the noisy defection of co-headliners Hole after two weeks (see "Hole Walks Out On Tour, Manson Injury Postpones Several Dates"), and ended with an even noisier condemnation of Manson in the aftermath of the shootings at Columbine High School (see "Marilyn Manson Postpones U.S. Tour Dates").

Although Marilyn Manson traveled overseas to perform at last week's MTV Europe Music Awards in Dublin, he admitted to MTV News' John Norris that he's become sort of a homebound recluse in the wake of the awkward end to the Rock Is Dead tour.

"I was kind

of shell-shocked," Manson said, "because it was hard, for a while, to leave and to go anywhere. Because when I was wrapped up in the post-apocalypse of Columbine, and getting blamed for everything that was violent in the world, it was almost like a sick joke."

"You know, someone would ask me for money on the street," he said, "and I'd go to give them a dollar, and they'd see it was me and they'd say, 'Oh, I don't want your money.'" [RealVideo]

Like seemingly every other Los Angeles resident, Manson has also finished writing a screenplay, the proposed anti-celebrity flick "Holy Wood" (see "Marilyn Manson Takes 'Holy Wood' To Hollywood").

While in Dublin for the MTV EMAs, Manson did have a chance to meet with director Alexandro Jodorowsky ("El Topo," "Santa Sangre") to talk about

possibly working on "Holy Wood," although no final decision has been made about the project.