Prior to becoming the Rob Zombie guitarist, John 5 was once the band guitarist for Marilyn Manson. From 1998 to 2004, John 5 took part in shaping multiple Marilyn Manson albums and performing on tour with him.
During his time in the band, the now Rob Zombie guitarist suffered a horrible experience which inadvertently led to him fighting onstage with Manson while the band were performing.
During a recent episode of SiriusXM’s Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk, the Rob Zombie guitarist spoke to a 2003 incident where he “snapped” onstage and went off at Manson.
In the infamous footage from that onstage moment, which you can view below, you’ll find Manson moving about and eventually bumping into John 5; you can then see the latter go off on Manson, yelling at him and throwing his guitar down.
During his interview with Trunk, John 5 clarified the context behind this fight and what happened between him and Manson.
Per the Rob Zombie guitarist, as transcribed by Blabbermouth:
“What happened was my sister passed away, my sister died unexpectedly. And I was shocked. I was in Europe and I was coming down the stairs, off a stage after a concert, and they told me my sister died. And I was in a state of shock; you just go into a state of shock. And here’s the strange thing that happened to me: I didn’t sleep for days and days and days. It was the strangest thing. I just wasn’t tired. And I remember going to the bandmembers’ rooms, going, ‘I can’t sleep. I just can’t sleep. I haven’t slept in now two days’ or blah blah blah.
“So anyways, fast forward to the [Rock Am Ring] show. Now, what Manson did, that happened all the time. He didn’t do anything wrong. I just snapped. It was weird. I went nuts. I didn’t even remember. I just snapped. And I feel terrible watching it now because it really was my fault. You can’t really hear what he’s saying, obviously, but he’s saying, ‘Pick up your guitar.’ ‘Cause it looks like he’s going, ‘Come on. Come on.’ But he’s saying, ‘Pick up your guitar. Pick up your guitar,’ because he knew what was going on. And I feel horrible about it. But it was just a bad situation at that time… It was terrible because he was so nice during that time and all that stuff. I was in such a weird place, and it was just a bad time. I don’t even remember it happening. It was just terrible.”
That is such a horrible thing for John 5 and his family to have gone through. We can’t imagine the stress and challenge of being told such horrific news, and still having to perform in front of so many people.
You can find that footage of John 5 fighting with Manson below:
Words by: Michael Pementel