A feud between the pair went public at the weekend in Clarkston, Michigan after Manson told the crowd Zombie had forced him to cut short his set, vowing: “I’m going to kick his ass.”
When Zombie took the stage he said: “Some tours just don’t go together” and added he was sick of Manson’s “rock star shit.” Performing a cover of School’s Out he called Alice Cooper “the only real shock rocker there ever was – not some punk-ass bitch.” In another dig he referred to Manson using his real name, Brian Warner.
The outbursts came after Manson tweeted that he’d run out of time to play hit track Beautiful People, saying: “You can sing it between Zombie songs. His band has already played it.”
Later Zombie said on Facebook: “Neither I nor anyone working for me made Manson cut his show short. It’s a co-headliner and we both play the exact same length every night.
“It’s all very simple. But if one of us chooses to go on late for whatever reason, that time will have to come out of their set. That’s just the way it works, the way it always works. There is no evil going on – it’s all complete nonsense.”
He added that he was bewildered when Manson suddenly changed moods on stage. “I was backstage watching the show, thinking, ‘Hey, this is gonna be a great night,’ when suddenly he starts screaming threats.
“I don’t get it. I’ve known some of his crew for 20 fucking years. Some of them used to work for me. No one would fuck with someone’s show.”
Zombie said he regretted discussing the incident with the audience, calling the exchange “fourth-grade fight-after-school nonsense with which I have never dealt on tour before.”
Meanwhile, Alice Cooper says his band were looked down upon in their early days because their peers believed the theatrical style of their shows meant they couldn’t play.
He tells the Independent: “People said, ‘Well, take your theatrics away and you’re not a good band.’ We were every bit as good as anybody out there. In our heads we were competing with Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones and the Beatles.”
-Classic Rock Magazine