June 4 [16:00 EDT] -- Having gone to court to secure his right to play on Ozzy Osbourne's Ozzfest date at the New Jersey Meadowlands on June 15 (an appearance venue managers did their best to scuttle) Marilyn Manson is under fire once again, this time in the midwest.
Manson and his band were part of the bill for the Ozzfest show that was scheduled to take place at Float-Rite Park on the Apple River in Somerset, Wisconsin on June 22. However, that concert was moved to nearby Minneapolis after local politicians threatened to not renew the park's concert permit if Manson performed.
The show's promoter blamed this sudden hostility on the usual allegations of devil worship, and said the uproar caught one park official completely by surprise (he thought Marilyn Manson was a woman).
Manson himself forges on, however, and will be going into a New York studio this week to record a song with the trip-hop outfit the Sneaker Pimps for the upcoming metal-meets-electronica soundtrack
for the movie "Spawn."
Other combos to be featured on the soundtrack include KoRn with the Dust Brothers, Filter with Crystal Method, Henry Rollins with Goldie, and Slayer with Atari Teenage Riot.
If the soundtrack sounds like it has the makings of a particularly dark and nasty outing, keep in mind the story behind it: the film, due in August, is based on a comic about a black CIA operative who returns from the dead to avenge his own murder.