Marilyn Manson Splits With Bassist Twiggy Ramirez

KMFDM's Tim Skold filling in during recording of new LP.

Twiggy Ramirez, longtime friend and bassist of Marilyn Manson, has parted

company with the Goth rocker and his bandmates, it was announced Wednesday.

The severance was the result of Ramirez not gelling with the direction

Manson is moving in as he prepares the group's fifth LP, The Golden Age

of Grotesque, expected to drop in autumn (see "Marilyn Manson Set Title For Next LP, Find Inspiration In '30s

Berlin"), according to an Interscope Records spokesperson.

"I have spent eight months transforming this band and our new songs into an

unstoppable juggernaut, and sadly Twiggy wasn't able to make himself a part

of it," Manson said in a statement. "Unfortunately, I feel that Marilyn

Manson, as a lifestyle, is not where his heart is. So I have decided to let

him go his own way, otherwise it wouldn't be fair to us, the music, or

especially to the fans. Although you can never replace a best friend like

Twiggy, this album and new lineup will redefine anyone's idea of what

Marilyn Manson is capable of."

Filling Ramirez's rhythms on the new album will be KMFDM's Tim Skold, who

has been tapped as a co-producer on the new LP. He joins fellow Manson

family members John 5 (guitar), M.W. Gacy (keyboards) and Ginger Fish

(drums).

Ramirez appears on all of Marilyn Manson's albums, beginning with 1994's

Portrait of an American Family. Among the songs he's co-written with

Manson are "The Beautiful People," "Antichrist Superstar," "Mechanical

Animals," "The Dope Show" and "Disposable Teens."