Examining the ways Billy Corgan and Marilyn Manson continue to embarrass themselves


Billy Corgan:

• He went from having touring musicians Mark Stoermer (The Killers) and Brad Wilk (Rage Against the Machine) last fall, to the more unfamiliar drummer Robin Diaz and bassist Kate Cole last month, to replacing Diaz with original Pumpkins drummer Jimmy Chamberlin—who had left the band for the third time in 2009—just two weeks later, begging the question: Does Corgan finally need Chamberlin more than Chamberlin needs Corgan?

• He repeatedly castigates the press … but somehow keeps agreeing to be interviewed.

• Speaking of interviews: He has sat with crackpot conspiracy theorist Alex Jones four times, where he says ridiculous things that give him headlines (but don’t sell records or concert tickets).

• He recently called out “play the full record” nostalgia shows, calling them “really f*cking boring” even though his current tourmate Manson had said he might do some next year for the 20th anniversary of Antichrist Superstar.

• He’s the senior producer of creative and talent development for TNA Wrestling—enough said.

Marilyn Manson:

• He sang on an Avril Lavigne song (2013’s “Bad Girl”). If that’s not bad enough, it was co-written and co-produced by Nickelback singer and Lavigne hubby Chad Kroeger.

• His latest unremarkable cover: “You’re So Vain,” with Johnny Depp, whom he frequently name-drops.

• A recent Paper magazine photo shoot included his dad sporting Manson-esque makeup and grabbing his crotch. Know what family value the Mansons are missing? Shame.

• The most disgraceful transgression of all: He can no longer kick up controversy. How does a guy like Marilyn Manson become a bore?

• He sports a grill—enough said.

The Smashing Pumpkins & Marilyn Manson July 10, 8 p.m., $60-$75. The Joint, 702-693-5222.

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