Marilyn Manson has always been a peculiar figure. Whether it be the dark music he’s created, or his outspoken political opinions, “the pale emperor” has never shied away from controversy.
One of his earliest feuds began years ago with music scene counterpart and Nine Inch Nails founder, Trent Reznor. Early into their careers, Reznor served as the main producer on Manson’s first two studio albums. However, down the road, Manson accused Reznor of ruining the master tapes, although this was later proven false.
Reznor reacted harshly to the accusation, calling Manson “a dopey clown” because of his recurrent alcohol and drug use. But recently, Marilyn Manson experienced a change of heart after watching HBO’s new documentary series, The Defiant Ones, which profiles artists’ journeys through the music business.
In an interview with Beats 1 Radio’s Zane Lowe, Manson described how he rekindled his relationship with Reznor. Manson had obviously watched the episode of The Defiant Ones featuring the Nine Inch Nails frontman, and chose to reach out to him afterwards.
Since the exchange, Manson has added that the two have “been speaking about things.” When asked if a possible collaboration could happen again, he replied, “I don’t know what will happen. I would love to, yeah.”
Manson also stated that Reznor had responded positively, paraphrasing his response to Lowe. “Even if it pisses me off that music’s not dangerous anymore, it reminds me of how great you were and I was and that era,” Reznor apparently told him. Both Nine Inch Nails and Marilyn Manson will be appearing at Aftershock Festival in Sacramento, CA in just over 10 days.
Manson’s beef with popstar Justin Bieber was a little bit different. It dates back to when Bieber told Manson that he was responsible for making him relevant again, in addition to selling one of his shirts for an outrageous $195. Least to say, it didn’t sit well with the “Antichrist Superstar.”
But in a recent interview with Howard Stern, Manson showed some text message exchanges between him and Bieber in which the popstar apologized for his actions.
“We are cool. People just made that shirt stuff into a fake feud. Let’s turn it upside-down,” Manson responded, “I wasn’t out to get you.”
Now that Manson has begun to show his willingness to reconcile with those he’s feuded with in the past, who will be the next adversary he’ll make amends with?