The two artists’ take on the Liverpool quartet’s 1968 song, which featured on ‘The White Album’, has been released ahead of their joint tour, which is going by the name ‘Twins of Evil: The Second Coming Tour’.
This upcoming tour brings back memories of the 2012 trek Manson and Zombie embarked on, where the two artists regularly exchanged barbs both on stage and on social media. At one point, Zombie mocked the frequent description of Manson as a “shock-rocker” by lambasting him instead as a “punk-ass bitch.”
Manson and Zombie have clearly now made amends – with the latter playing down the severity of their apparent beef six years ago – to record a “heavier, weirder and more groove-oriented” cover of The Beatles’ classic song, which you can hear below.
Speaking to Rolling Stone about the decision to cover ‘Helter Skelter’, Zombie said: “We had been talking about doing something together for these shows — that he should come onstage during my set and we’d do a song. But we couldn’t think of what song. After we talked, later that night I was home and I just thought, ‘The obvious song is ‘Helter Skelter’!’ It’s so obvious that neither one of us thought of it!
“And then I figured, well, rather than us just doing it onstage, why don’t we take it one step further and record it and put a new spin on it? That way, rather than just doing some impromptu jam together, now the fans will go, ‘Oh, there’s the song I’ve already heard, and now they’re doing it.'”
Late last month, a video of Manson pressurising a fan to take off their Avenged Sevenfold t-shirt after he invited them up on stage went viral.