Golden Gods Awards 2013: How Gene Simmons Gets Out of Interviews and Other Black Carpet Tales

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To say I was nervous and anxious would be an understatement. The lineup of black carpet interviewees included Metallica, Alice Cooper, Marilyn Manson, Korn, Stone Sour, Slipknot, Halestorm, In This Moment, Megadeth, Anthrax, Zakk Wylde, Gene Simmons, Alex Newsted, Rob Zombie and Sheri Moon, John 5, Five Finger Death Punch, David Draiman of Disturbed and Device, and many, many more.

Highlights include talking with Alice Cooper about his charity work and golf handicaps (his is a 2) while his soon-to-be tour mate Marilyn Manson babbled next to me about a stripper named Charity. (Yes, Marilyn, that counts as giving to charity.)

I asked Cooper why he wasn't planning on playing with Manson at Manson's May 30 date at the Marquee -- Manson asked, "Is the Marquee a Phoenix rehab center?" -- Cooper explained that he doesn't play much in AZ because he lives here, which I found to be an odd answer.

When I turned to Manson and let him know pointedly that, as the New Times metal writer, I'd been denied an interview with him several times, I got a long pause. Alice: "Usually, girls can't get out of Manson's clutches backstage . . . And you're trying to get in to talk to him?"

Marilyn just cackled and told me he was working on gangsta rap in his spare time. What?

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Lauren Wise has worked as a rock/heavy metal journalist for 15 years. She contributes to Noisey and LA Weekly, edits books, and drinks whiskey.
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