A music journalist turned stage persona, Marilyn Manson emerged as a controversial star in the midst of the 1990s. Previous to this Brian Warner had sought an outlet for his creative tendencies and went from loving metal music to writing about metal and industrial rock to finally forming his own band. Combining the American icon Marilyn Monroe with the mass murderer Charles Manson, it was obvious from the very beginning (in 1989) that Marilyn Manson tickets would be concert tickets to see a performance as much about the stage show as the music.
After building a cult following in South Florida, Marilyn Manson caught a huge break when Trent Reznor took an interest in the band. Reznor eventually produced the debut major label album, Portrait of an American Family. The album did not make much an impact on either the charts or in terms of sales. Instead, it would be Antichrist Superstar that made the band an international phenomenon. The cover “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of These)” and the original song “The Beautiful” earned consistent radio play and brought mainstream acceptance.
This album would be the biggest hit of the Marilyn Manson’s career, though Mechanical Animals repeated as a platinum-certified album in the U.S. and Holy Wood (In the Shadow of the Valley of the Death) and the Golden Age of Grotesque were both gold-certified efforts.
Still the artist would not be forgotten. Marilyn Manson had very public romances with stars like Rose McGowan, Dita Von Teese, or Evan Rachel Wood. There were highly-publicized rifts with band mates. He even ventured into the world of art, film, and video games. All the while, Manson released new music.
In recent years he has seen a little bit of resurgence. The High End of Low and Born Villain are not going to set any album-sales record and the majority of his music played on the radio is at least a decade old, but his tours have once again caused frenzy. They will continue to do so as the man has returned to cult status, albeit with a much larger following than back in his days exclusively playing southern Florida.