'Pale Emperor' ushers in the return of Marilyn Manson

January 21, 2015 4:27 PM

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Around 8 p.m. on a recent Wednesday night, in a candlelit, marble-plated West Hollywood hotel room, Marilyn Manson reached into his pocket and flicked open a switchblade.

"The Roman Emperor Constantius was referred to as the 'Pale Emperor.' He liked to dress up as a woman and (torture) men and have them dance for him," Manson insisted. "I identify with that petulant pursuit of chaos."

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