Bee Staff Reports
One of the most notorious and controversial entertainers of the 1990s, Marilyn Manson performs at Modesto Centre Plaza on Feb. 15.
Born Brian Hugh Warner, Manson followed in the footsteps of Alice Cooper in creating a creepy stage persona.
He attracted legions of mostly white suburban teen fans while appalling their parents with hits such as "The Dope Show," "Beautiful People" and a cover of the 1980s Eurythmics song "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)."
Some blamed him for the 1999 Columbine High School shooting massacre, wrongly saying the shooters were his fans (it turned out they never were). Manson responded by castigating the news media for glamorizing murderers.
He was later interviewed by Michael Moore for his 2002 documentary, "Bowling For Columbine."
Manson branched out beyond music, appearing in David Lynch's "Lost Highway" movie and producing paintings and photographs.
He also received attention in the media for his personal relationships, which included dating actresses Rose McGowan and Evan Rachel Wood and his brief marriage to burlesque star Dita Von Teese.
Now 44, Manson continues to make an impact on the pop scene. He is nominated this year for a Grammy Award for best hard rock/metal performance for his song "No Reflection" off his latest album, "Born Villain" (Grammy winners will be announced Sunday).
Manson declined a request for an interview.
WHAT: Marilyn Manson
WHEN: 9 p.m. Feb. 15
WHERE: Modesto Centre Plaza, 10th and K streets