By J. DeVoy
In late December, Stephen Bier, aka Madonna Wayne Gacy, aka Pogo, settled his lawsuit against Brian Warner, aka Marilyn Manson, and various management figures from the band’s past. Though Bier’s action sought $20 million, the Manson camp concluded it for a tidy $380,000.00. There was one remaining issue regarding a judicial lien filed by the defendant law firm, though, which held up a final resolution.
Bier’s complaint was incredible. His claims included Manson’s using the band’s earnings to buy drugs, assorted Nazi paraphernalia, ex-wife Dita Von Teese’s engagement ring, a stuffed grizzly bear, a pair of baboons, and the skeleton of a 4-year-old Chinese girl.
This all misses the real point: If Manson should be liable for anything, it’s failing to make a single good album since 1998’s Mechanical Animals. That album and ensuing tour were without question his high water mark, standing noticeably above the preceding and enjoyable Portrait of an American Family and Antichrist Superstar.