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Five Finger Death Punch’s Zoltan Bathory Says Marilyn Manson “Is Sober And He’s Staying Clean And Doing The Work” Ahead Of His Comeback Tour


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If you’ve hit any comment section in the past few weeks, you know that Marilyn Manson‘s plans to return to the road this summer have received a mixed reaction. While much of his career was built upon controversy,  2021 saw the once resilient shock rocker face cancellation in light of having been accused of sexual assault/misconduct by over a dozen women.

Several of those allegations resulted in civil lawsuits being filed against him by his accusers, some of which have been settled or dropped, while others remain before the courts. Manson for his part has continued to publicly deny the allegations made against him.

To that end, he remains locked in a defamation suit against his ex-fiancée Evan Rachel Wood. It was Wood‘s public allegations against Manson in February of 2021 that saw a wave of allegations from other women surface against Manson in the months that followed.

Manson filed a defamation suit against Wood and her associate Ilma Gore back in early 2022, claiming the pair had essentially served as ringleaders in the allegations made against him. He alleged the pair had provided other alleged victims scripts and checklists. He would further claim the duo engaged in various unlawful activities, from impersonating an FBI agent, to illegally gaining access to Manson‘s digital devices, and more, to further their campaign against him.

Much of Manson‘s original defamation suit has since been struck down, though several claims from it are still going forward. In the wake of the allegations initially surfacing against Manson, the 55-year-old musician/actor was dropped by his longtime manager, his talent agency, his record label, his booking agency and more.

Outside of some public appearances with controversial rapper Kanye West, Manson has kept a low profile in recent years. He did however spend time in court after being sentenced for a 2019 concert spitting incident.

Given the situation outlined above, Manson has remained off the road since 2019, having last appeared on stage in January of 2020. Thus, it was somewhat surprising to see that he will be attempting to return to the stage this summer as direct support to Five Finger Death Punch on a North American tour that will also include controversial Russian deathcore band Slaughter To Prevail.

A quick look at Manson‘s Spotify play stats finds him still holding over 7 million monthly listeners as of press time. Those numbers certainly suggest that there is a healthy sized audience eager for his return. During a recent appearance on ‘The Jesea Lee Show‘ (see below), Five Finger Death Punch guitarist Zoltan Bathory addressed the decision to take Manson out on the road, stating:

Manson hasn’t been out on the road for a while, so a lot of people wanna see him. At one point he was one of the most iconic artists on planet earth. So he’s back on stage, back in the saddle. That’s gonna be amazing. He’s also sober and clean, so we always support that, obviously. Ivan [Moody] had a dark period, and he was gone, man. My little brother was on the brink of dying, man, and he came back from that. And he’s clean and sober for six years.

If he can do it, somebody who was that gone can do it, and he’s now a different man, then it’s a good example for anyone else. If you’re struggling, man, don’t give up. You can come back from that. And Manson is sober and he’s staying clean and doing the work, so also we’re supporting that. So it’s gonna be an amazing tour.”

Dates for the aforementioned tour include:

08/02 Hershey, PA – Hersheypark Stadium
08/05 Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
08/07 Detroit, MI – Pine Knob Music Centre
08/08 Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center
08/10 St. Louis, MO – Hollywood Casino Amp
08/13 Rogers, AR – Walmart Amp
08/14 Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
08/16 Noblesville, IN – Ruoff Music Center
08/19 Des Moines, IA – Wells Fargo Arena
08/21 Omaha, NE – CHI Health Center
08/22 Denver, CO – Ball Arena (no Slaughter To Prevail)
08/24 Saskatoon, SK – SaskTel Centre (no Marilyn Manson)
08/27 Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena
08/29 Airway Heights, WA – BECU Live at Northern Quest
08/31 Portland, OR – RV Inn Style Resorts Amphitheater
09/03 Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre
09/04 Chula Vista, CA – North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre
09/06 Anaheim, CA – Honda Center
09/08 Las Vegas, NV – MGM Grand Garden Arena
09/10 Phoenix, AZ – Talking Stick Resorts Amphitheatre
09/11 Albuquerque, NM – Isleta Amphitheater
09/13 Durant, OK – Choctaw Grand Theater
09/15 Atlanta, GA – Lakewood Amphitheatre
09/16 Biloxi, MS – Mississippi Coast Coliseum
09/18 Austin, TX – Germania Insurance Amphitheater
09/19 Houston, TX – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

[via Blabbermouth.net]

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