The Beatles just got a whole lot edgier.
Marilyn Manson and Rob Zombie released their cover of The Beatles’ “Helter Skelter” on Wednesday, July 11 and premiered it through Rolling Stone.
Zombie, 53, described the cover as a “heavier, weirder and more groove-oriented” version of the song when speaking to the publication.
“At first it was just, ‘I’ll come onstage during your show and jam and we’ll do one of your songs.’ But I was like, ‘Ah, if we could think of something better than that,'” Zombie said of the creative process behind the collaboration. “It wasn’t until later that night that I texted him about the ‘Helter Skelter’ idea. And he said, ‘Cool. Let’s do it.'”
“My thought when it comes to covers is to stick close to the original,” he explained. “Because in my mind, what’s the actual point of doing a cover if no one can recognize it? So with our version, I think it varies as much as it can from the original, but not so much that it becomes a different song.”
Zombie and Manson are embarking on what the former calls “the perfect tour.” Twins of Evil: The Second Coming kicks off in Detroit on July 11 and features both acts as co-headliners.
The two have previously toured in 2012. When reflecting on their last outing, Zombie said, “We’ve been talking about it for a long time, because the last time we did it, even though there was one moment of nonsense, the tour itself was great. So whenever the time was right to do it I always knew we would.”
When asked about the “nonsense” Zombie clarified there was “one incident” which “was nothing. You know, when the story gets retold a million times it makes it into a much bigger deal.”
The Twins of Evil: The Second Coming tour will make two stops in Canada: July 26 in Toronto and July 28 in Montreal.