Marilyn Manson, Alice Cooper team up for concerts

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Entertainment,Music,Nancy Dunham

In a way, Marilyn Manson and Alice Cooper are a bit of an odd couple.

On the surface, they are both shock rockers. Manson is still touring behind his 2012 album "Born Villain" that he said took him back to the sounds that prompted him to "start making music in the first place." And while Cooper still brings the shock appeal he established four decades ago and continues today with his latest album, "Welcome 2 My Nightmare," he is a -- well, gentler guy off stage. The pairing was a surprise, in a way, even to Cooper.

"We had jousted in the press before a little bit, and we realized we were doing a show together in Transylvania, a big outdoor show, two miles from Dracula's castle," Cooper told Steve Baltin of Rolling Stone about the duo's initial meeting. "He walked by the dressing room, and I said, 'Hey, come here.' We finally met face to face, and what we talked about was marriage, which was interesting. I've been married 37 years."

Although Manson reportedly lives a rock star life, as evidenced by a plethora of dust-ups, Cooper is often found out on the links playing golf or spending time with family. He's been sober for more than 30 years and told Baltin that his hard partying days were a different life.

Onstage
Alice Cooper and Marilyn Manson with GWAR
» Where: Merriweather Post Pavilion, 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, Md.
» When: Doors 5:30 p.m. Monday
» Info: $40 to $75; 877-435-9849; merriweathermusic.com

He reimagines that life, though, when he's onstage with Manson. And the two are reportedly having a grand time entertaining fans.

At the recent tour kick-off show in Albuquerque, N.M., Cooper performer an array of his classic songs. He and Manson joined forces on Cooper's hit "I'm Eighteen." Then Cheap Trick's Robin Zander and Rick Nielsen joined in for another Cooper classic, "School's Out," according to antiMusic.

Manson also used the show for some of his greatest hits including "The Dope Show" and "The Beautiful People," before performing covers of such classics as Eurythmics' "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)," and "Personal Jesus" by Depeche Mode.

Odd couple or not, all reports indicate the two make beautiful Goth music together.

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