Marilyn Manson says he tried to convince Billy Corgan to wear make-up ahead of joint tour – watch

Manson tours North America with the Smashing Pumpkins this summer

Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan and Marilyn Manson have held a press conference together ahead of their co-headline tour of North America.

The joint stint, which is being billed as ‘The End of Times Tour’, will see the pair embarking on a 23–city tour during July and August. See the full dates at Marilyn Manson’s official website.

The AV Club hosted a press conference for the pair on Monday (May 18), with Manson and Corgan discussing what to expect from the tour.


During the press conference, Manson and Corgan detailed plans to end each show on the tour with a joint cover of ‘Girls Just Want To Have Fun’, famously a hit forCyndi Lauper in the early ’80s. Corgan also stated that “we wanted to tour together because it would be powerful”.

The Smashing Pumpkins singer also took aim at nostalgic full-album tours, calling them “really fucking boring”, before telling Manson, “I reject the generational malaise that believes that people like you and I can no longer make great music.”

Manson and Corgan had previously been involved in a two decade-long feud, with the pair recently burying the hatchet. Manson said that Corgan “taught me to play guitar,” adding “It’s his fault. You can blame him.” Speaking about what they’ve learned from each other, Manson continued, “I tried to convince him to wear make-up and he tried to make me have more chords in my music.”

Corgan also disregarded the belief that the pairing is a strange one, saying, “I disagree with the assertion of weird. I don’t think there’s anything weird about being an artist.” Watch the full press conference below.

Manson joined the Smashing Pumpkins onstage to perform two songs in London back in December, before a further collaboration in Sydney in March.


Smashing Pumpkins will be promoting their latest album ‘Monuments to An Elegy’ on the tour, while Manson recently released his ninth record, ‘The Pale Emperor’.