Ex-Limp Bizkit guitarist Wes Borland played his first ever show with Marilyn Manson on August 15 at the ETP Festival in Seoul, Korea. The move raised all sorts of speculation about Borland's future involvement with the theatrical shock rocker. The way we look at it, anyone who can endure Fred Durst for all those years can put up with an eccentric like Manson, but instead of following the rumors, we went straight to Borland to find out what possessed him to take the stage with the former dartboard for the religious right, and what this means for his other bands Black Light Burns and Fear And The Nervous System.
Are you Manson's new full time guitarist?
"For the foreseeable future, I'm gonna try to work in my band Black Light Burns and in Marilyn Manson simultaneously. I'm still very much in love with my project and I'm almost finished with another album. But I've been going to see Marilyn Manson since their very early days in Florida when I was 18. Getting the opportunity to work with them was something I didn't want to pass up. I've known [bassist] Twiggy [Ramirez] for a long time as well, and it was kind of a neat opportunity to work with him. So for the foreseeable future, I'm going to try my best to function permanently in two bands and go back and forth."
How did you hook up with Manson in the first place?
"I used to be managed by Manson's manager, and he called and asked if I was available. Black Light Burns was having trouble locking down all of a tour we were doing in the UK and Europe. We were having some trouble with our booking agent and something seemed fishy. So when there was a conflict between the Manson date in Korea and those dates, I decided to not confirm the rest of the Black Light dates and to play the show in Korea with Manson."
Did you enjoy being onstage with Manson?
"I really liked playing with the band and they were very happy to have me. I've hung out with Manson and Twiggy a lot since then. It feels good and it's fun playing the songs. And hopefully we'll be continuing to work together in the future and writing and touring. So we'll just see."
Are there additional Manson dates you're scheduled to play, and will you be on the band's next album?
"As of right now it seems like everything's moving forward. There's no dates as far as Manson touring. They're in the middle of writing an album at the moment. I don't know if I'm going to be writing with them. It's been thrown around, but it hasn't been confirmed one way or another. But I'd love to play on the next Manson album if it works out. I like working with people no matter what. Whenever any opportunity comes up to work with other musicians, I always take it whenever I have time because I think I always grow as a musician by having to force myself to be in a situation that I'm not familiar with and have a vocabulary I'm not used to as far as musical phrasing and the way people write goes. So, it's always a learning experience and I always come out a better player for it. The music is definitely different from what I've done in the past, so learning the parts is kind of like getting in the heads of the writer and it expands me."