Johnny Depp Friend Marilyn Manson’s Father Hugh Warner Passes: Tour Will Go On Despite Tragedy [Opinion]

Johnny Depp’s oldest and dearest friend Marilyn Manson lost his father early Saturday morning. The grief-stricken shock rock superstar revealed his heartfelt grief on Instagram. The post fans know how Manson felt about his dad.

“Today I lost my father, Hugh Warner. He taught me how to be a man, a fighter, and a survivor. He taught me how to shoot a gun. How to drive. How to lead. He will always be the best dad in the world. Somehow and somewhere, I know he is with my mom now. I will keep my promise and never let you down. I miss and love you, dad.”

Marilyn Manson is and will continue to be supported by a strong circle of friends and family, including Marilyn’s longtime friend Johnny Depp, The Marilyn Manson band, and Marilyn’s family. Musicians, artists, writers, and Marilyn Manson’s fans everywhere feel Marilyn’s grief.

Johnny Depp and Marilyn Manson once played in the same Florida clubs. Johnny Depp and Marilyn Manson both made their way to Los Angeles and both landed on 21 Jump Street together. Depp and Manson have remained very close friends throughout most of their lives.

Marilyn Manson and Johnny Depp have made a strong network of friends. That circle seems to expand exponentially to musicians, actors, artists, and writers all over the world.

Though Marilyn Manson as a shock rocker holds a certain reputation with the media and public, and as Marilyn Manson has pointed out Johnny Depp has been “Crucified” in the media, those who know them, know a far different side of Marilyn Manson and Johnny Depp than the headlines reflect.

Johnny Depp and Marilyn Manson are the crusaders who saved the life of three wrongfully accused men known as the Memphis Three. Today Damion Echols, once on death row is now a successful author thanks to Johnny Depp and Marilyn Manson. Read more about Johnny Depp, Marilyn Manson and Damien Echols on the Inquisitr.

Johnny Depp and Marilyn Manson did not abandon Damien Echols after hiring lawyers to disprove and overturn with DNA evidence, the Memphis Three conviction. Recognizing this man, Damien, had spent 19 years, fully half his life in prison, Johnny Depp and Marilyn Manson remain supportive of Damien Echols to this day.

Damien Echols is part of that inner circle of Johnny Depp and Marilyn Manson friends. The loyalty between these friends runs deep. Depp and friends will no doubt be supportive during this personal tragedy.

Marilyn Manson paid an unusual tribute to his father only a few weeks ago on Father’s day. For more on Marilyn Manson’s dad, see this from the Inquisitr.

For Hugh so loved the world he made me. Happy Father’s Day

— Marilyn Manson (@marilynmanson) June 18, 2017

Marilyn Manson took a powerful public stand last fall, to defend his friend Johnny Depp against a media “witch hunt” in the wake of Johnny Depp’s drama filled divorce from actress Amber Heard which coincided with the loss of Depp’s mother.

Marilyn Manson is quoted in People explaining his friendship with Johnny Depp.

“[Johnny Depp’s daughter] Lily-Rose is my goddaughter and I was there when [Johnny Depp’s son] Jack was born, so we go back. Johnny is one of the nicest people that I know – to the extent where it’s almost heartbreaking how kind he is to his friends and everyone around him. I know that he was completely crucified – unjustly.”

Marilyn Manson continued speaking directly about the firestorm of accusations and criticism stirred by Johnny Depp’s divorce.

“I would stand by [Johnny Depp] on anything. As my friend, I know that he’s handling it the best he can and he’s a great dad, too. It fills me with joy to see his kids grow up and be so smart, and so hilarious. We played a show together not too long ago. It’s hard to say when you talk about your friends. Of course, I think that all of it was bulls**t, and I think that he is a great person. I wouldn’t agree with any of it if someone were to put me on the stand and ask me what I know, or what I’ve witnessed.”

Johnny Depp lost his mother, just a day before Amber Heard reportedly set the wheels of divorce from Johnny Depp in motion, claiming abuse and allegedly saying that Johnny Depp hit her with a five ounce iPhone, during a conversation about Johnny’s recently departed mother.

Now Marilyn Manson has lost his father, which is no doubt a crushing loss. Manson lost his mother to dementia in 2014, which is not so long ago. Those who have lost their parents know that feeling of heart-wrenching pain Marilyn Manson must be feeling. It’s not easy for anyone.

Johnny Depp is known for being a good friend, not only to Marilyn Manson but to all his many friends. Much of the strange media criticism surrounding Johnny Depp’s spending habits are related to Johnny’s loyalty to friends and family. Vanity Fair reports that Johnny Depp spent $10 million dollars supporting friends and family, and $5 million on Hunter S. Thompson’s unorthodox funeral.

Johnny Depp’s friendship to Marilyn Manson, Damien Echols, Nick Tosches and many others seems almost biblical both in intention and proportion. Johnny Depp’s love, generosity, and support for his friends and family at least to some seems unsparing, inspiring, and admirable, even though the press frequently condemns Johnny Depp’s generosity. Johnny Depp’s spending was ruled irrelevant to the lawsuit and counter-suit with TMG according to Page Six.

Marilyn Manson attending a Hollywood premiere [Image by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images]

Marilyn Manson’s recent tragedy will no doubt be met with an outpouring of concern from Johnny Depp as well as other friends and fans. Marilyn Manson, though often misunderstood due to the shock rock genre he works in, is loved by many fellow musicians.

Yet, for Marilyn Manson, the show must go on. Life doesn’t always take it easy on people in the face of crushing grief, as Johnny Depp discovered. Performers still perform and news writers still report scandal regardless of who dies. It is strange though how Johnny Depp’s divorce upstaged Johnny’s tremendous loss in the media.

Marilyn Manson is scheduled for a North American tour already planned, beginning on September 27 according to Loudwire. Marilyn Manson’s tour dates are shown below.

Sept. 27 — Silver Spring, Md. @ The Fillmore Silver Spring
Sept. 29 — Pittsburgh, Penn. @ Stage AE
Sept. 30 — New York, N.Y. @ Hammerstein Ballroom
Oct. 02 — Boston, Mass. @ House of Blues – Boston
Oct. 03 — Huntington, N.Y. @ The Paramount
Oct. 05 — Toronto, Ontario @ Rebel
Oct. 08 — Columbus, Ohio @ Express Live!
Oct. 10 — Chicago, Ill. @ Riviera Theatre
Oct. 11 — Milwaukee, Wis. @ Eagles Ballroom
Oct. 17 — Tulsa, Okla. @ Brady Theater
Oct. 19 — Denver, Colo. @ Fillmore Auditorium
Oct. 20 — Salt Lake City, Utah @ The Complex
Oct. 23 — Oakland, Calif. @ Fox Theater
Oct. 27 — Las Vegas, Nev. @ House of Blues
Oct. 28 — Las Vegas, Nev. @ House of Blues

Marilyn Manson announced his tour on Monday in spite of his painful loss on Saturday. In the meantime, Marilyn Manson has an upcoming album release to promote. Heaven Upside Down must be released before the September 27 Marilyn Manson tour.

Marilyn Manson expresses in his touching Instagram message, that his father is the person who taught, guided and exemplified life to Marilyn, then called Brian Hugh Warner. Like most people though, Marilyn Manson cannot take adequate time to mourn his father. Manson has to work and has made a lot of obligations that he’s not choosing to break because of his loss.

Marilyn Manson has to work through his grieving period, and Johnny Depp got kicked while he was down following his own mother’s death. At least Marilyn Manson and Johnny Depp will have the opportunity to work together and be among their circle of music friends in November.

Johnny Depp will appear with Marilyn Manson, and Zakk Wylde with Ozzy Osbourne on November 4 and November 5, for Ozzfest Meets Knotfest according to The Rolling Stone. The twin festivals will be held together in San Bernardino, California’s Glen Helen Amphitheater. Tickets for the two-day festival will go on sale July 14.

Marilyn Manson will be performing at Ozzfest Meets Knotfest 11/05/17! Tickets on sale 07/14 at 10am PST. More info:

— Marilyn Manson (@marilynmanson) July 10, 2017

Marilyn Manson with Johnny Depp as his guitarist and Ozzy Osbourne with Zakk Wylde as his guitarist together with Rob Zombie will headline for Ozzfest. In addition Prophets of Rage, Stone Sour, Black Dalia Murder and Testament, Life of Agony, and many other musicians will appear for Ozzfest Meets Knotfest.

Ozzy Osbourne and Zakk Wylde perform onstage [Image by Kevin Winter/Getty Images]

Slipknot, however, will not be performing, but rather “curate” according to the Rolling Stone. Instead, Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson with Johnny Depp will be headlining in Slipknot’s stead. Corey Taylor of Stone Sour explained and is quoted in the Rolling Stone.

“Knotfest was never supposed to be exclusively about Slipknot. It was always about the things that fueled the spirit of Slipknot: music, art, passion, insanity, and the tribes that give it power. So it would make sense for Knotfest to carry on these ideas, even without Slipknot. Because these things are the gasoline of creativity, and there’s plenty to go around, with plenty of great bands, acts and things to see.”

Slipknot’s “Clown” is also quoted in the Rolling Stone explaining why Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson with Johnny Depp will be headlining this year.

“It’s that incredible time again where Ozzfest and Knotfest meet up to bring all music fans together for two days of Rock and Roll. Let’s not forget the beautiful culture we are involved in and the history that is being written. Join the true passion of our concepts. I’ll see you there.”

The Passion of the culture of Rock and Roll is still a tremendous force in the world. Marilyn Manson and his friend Johnny Depp are a part of that strong but often misunderstood culture.

Johnny Depp and Marilyn Manson’s ever growing circle of friendship extends far and deep. At Ozzfest Meets Knotfest, there will be many fans, and new artists for Depp and his shock rock friend to meet and many new friendships established.

Johnny Depp and Damien Echols [Image by Kevork Djanseian/Getty Images and Danny Johnston/AP Images]


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Marilyn Manson has experienced tremendous tragedy this week, and Johnny Depp will likely be supportive as a friend.

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