Guitarist JOHN 5 Talks About His Departure From MARILYN MANSON

Former MARILYN MANSON guitarist John 5 has issued a statement attributing his departure from the group to his desire to "pursue other opportunities." The versatile guitarist/songwriter, also known for his work with KD Lang, David Lee Roth and Rob Halford, has just completed a 12-song instrumental solo album, "Vertigo", which is scheduled for release in the fall, and is said to be writing with several multi-platinum artists for their upcoming albums.

"I truly enjoyed my time with MANSON and have the greatest respect for the incredible fans," John said in the statement. "I am grateful to have contributed over two dozen songs to his projects. It was a great creative outlet for me at that point in my career. I've received so many calls from labels over the years about making a solo record, the timing is just perfect."

As previously reported, MARILYN MANSON is currently working on a best-of collection, due this fall on Interscope. Manson is also in the studio recording additional new material that could be included on the compilation. The as-yet-untitled collection will be padded with a DVD that will include Manson's entire video catalog, including the uncensored version of "s(AINT)", directed by actress Asia Argento.

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