Marilyn Manson Pays Tribute to Scott ‘Daisy Berkowitz’ Putesky
Marilyn Manson has shared his grief after the passing of Scott "Daisy Berkowitz" Putesky, the guitarist with whom he co-founded the Manson band in the late '80s.
As previously reported, Putesky died Oct. 22 after a four-year fight against colon cancer. A key creative component of the early Marilyn Manson sound, he proved an adept foil for the singer, and the two quickly found local success with a stage show and a sound quite unlike anything else going on at the time — and an image whose deliberate provocations helped the young group build an audience over the objections of parents and conservative pundits who'd often never even heard the music.
After moving more than half a million units with their 1994 debut Portrait of an American Family and tasting Top 40 success with their Smells Like Children EP the following year, Putesky exited the lineup midway through sessions for Marilyn Manson's 1996 breakthrough album, Antichrist Superstar. Citing creative disagreements as a reason for the split, Putesky later described feeling marginalized as the group's profile skyrocketed, and ultimately sued to attain what he alleged were unpaid royalties and lost songwriting credits. The lawsuit was settled out of court.
That was all water under the bridge during Putesky's final years, as reflected in the post Manson shared with followers after news broke of the guitarist's death. "Scott Putesky and I made great music together. We had our differences over the years, but I will always remember the good times more," he wrote via Instagram. "Everyone should listen to 'Man That You Fear' in his honor. That was our favorite."