Marilyn Manson reveals why he stopped drinking absinthe

"It clouds the frontal lobe"

Marilyn Manson has revealed he stopped drinking absinthe after he was hit by a giant stage prop in 2017.

The shock rocker was hospitalised after a pair of giant pistols fell on him during a show at New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom, forcing him to cancel several shows.

Manson said he avoided taking painkillers following the accident and eventually chose to quit absinthe too.

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He told Zane Lowe on his Apple Music show: “I didn’t take them [painkillers]. I mean I did initially while I was in the hospital, so in the operation. But being that I had taken them in the past which increased it to recreational use I didn’t want to fall prey to that. So I just didn’t do it. I mean it hurts, but once your pain receptors in your brain, it changes the way you think all your cortisol, the dopamine, everything in your brain it changes. It wasn’t a struggle like for me where I don’t get triggered like, ‘Oh, I want to do painkillers or something like that again’.

“It’s why I stopped drinking absinthe, as well. It clouds the frontal lobe. A lot of people find it to be artistically enhancing, but it also it bends your brain a bit sometimes in a bad way. Where you are convinced that what you’re doing is really great when it’s just the drug telling you that. That’s what I realised a while back. Especially going into this record [‘We Are Chaos’]. But before that.”

Manson also said he refused help from Dave Grohl and Axl Rose. The Foo Fighters frontman used a throne to tour after he broke his leg in 2015 and later offered it to Rose after he did the same in 2016 and Manson following his accident.

He added: “I said no and I found this electric wheelchair that rose up. And I tried to make it into part of the show and it was not a fun time at all. But it doesn’t bother me now. It’s actually more of a bionic leg and it doesn’t go off at airports either, which is strange. If anyone’s heavy metal it’s my leg, it’s full heavy metal.”

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NME recently awarded his new album, ‘We Are Chaos’ five stars, describing it as “The God Of Fuck’s most diverse and human work to date”.

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