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
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."