MARILYN MANSON Talks About JOHN5's Departure: Some Of The Fat Had To Be Cut

August 30, 2004

MARILYN MANSON has commented on the departure of guitarist John5 from the group's ranks.

In a brand-new interview with MuchMusic, Manson said, "I'm sure by now everyone thinks I'm a complete and total dick that just kicks everyone out of the band.

Asked if he's ever felt anything but alone in the band, Manson responded, "I always feel like other people are interchangeable. It's really about where your heart is.

"Getting rid of John was very amicable," he continued. "I think he'll be happier, 'cause I wanted to… I didn't wanna get stuck making him into someone he wasn't. And he's not like me, he's not like anyone else in the band. I don't think he had the same emotional attachment that the rest of us did, whereas [former MANSON bassist] Twiggy just didn't wanna be there anymore. [He wanted to] step outside and see if he can do it on his own and, you know, he's figuring that out right now. What's next is gonna be something completely more extreme and more interesting, and with that, some of the fat has to be cut."

Manson's account of John5's dismissal from the group appears to differ from the guitarist's version of the events that led to his firing. In an itnerview with MTV.com published in early April, John5 said that he received a call from MANSON's manager on March 30 letting him know that his services were no longer needed.

With regards to why he was kicked out, the guitarist said, "I don't know. . . I was nothing but nice to him," he continued. "I never screwed up onstage — well not really badly — and I did everything I could to get along with him. Maybe, just maybe, it had something to do with the fact that I don't drink or do drugs, and he's not like that at all. Maybe he held that against me. I don't know. He never said."

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