ROB ZOMBIE and MARILYN MANSON are rumored to be planning a joint U.S. tour in the fall.
The current ROB ZOMBIE lineup includes guitarist John 5, who was a member of Manson's band from 1998 until 2004, and drummer Ginger Fish (real name: Kenneth Robert Wilson), who quit MARILYN MANSON in February 2011.
In a recent interview with Metal Insider, John 5 stated about his working relationship with Manson, "I think the public portrays it as, 'Oh, he had a hard time with Manson.' But I didn't really at all, it was just portrayed that way. I haven't really had a hard situation with any of [the people I've played with so far]. With what people see on YouTube with Manson [where John 5 can be seen fighting with Manson. — Ed.], I had a death in the family. I was a mess at that time, and a lot of people don't know that. So that's why certain things occurred. . . I mean, that was something that I shouldn't have done. It was something where I had a death in the family and it was a really hard time in my life, and it was tough. It's life, you know? But I think the public's perception is like, 'Oh, do you guys get along?' Yeah, we talked and there's no hard feelings at all. And I wish nothing but the best for him, that's for sure."
Rob Zombie and his bandmates — John 5 (guitar), Piggy D (bass) and Ginger Fish (drums) — will enter the studio in June to begin work on an as-yet-untitled new album for a late 2012 release.
Rob Zombie's fourth solo album, "Hellbilly Deluxe 2", debuted at No. 8 on the Billboard album chart on February 10, 2010, selling 49,000 copies in its first week of release. That total was less than 50 percent of the number of copies that his previous effort, "Educated Horses", sold in its first week back in April 2006, when it moved 107,000 copies to land at No. 5 on the chart.
MARILYN MANSON's long-awaited new album, "Born Villain", was released on May 1 (one day earlier internationally) via Cooking Vinyl and Manson's own label Hell, Etc.
Marilyn Manson's new video, "No Reflection", was directed by Lukas Ettlin, who previously worked with Manson on the award-winning "Personal Jesus" clip.
"No Reflection" was released as a white seven-inch vinyl in Europe on April 21. The vinyl is strictly limited to 1500 copies and features "No Reflection" (album version) and "No Reflection" (single edit). The release was in support of Record Store Day.