Manson’s Longtime Drummer Quits

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February 24, 2011 | 6:00pm EST

Marilyn Manson’s drummer Ginger Fish has quit the shock rocker’s band after 16 years.
The musician, real name Robert Wilson, has featured on all of the star’s studio albums since 1996’s Antichrist Superstar, but announced on Thursday he had parted ways with the band.

A statement from him reads, “I have decided to step down as a member of Marilyn Manson and see where my life, and the knowledge of my availability cares to take me.

“I can’t stand by to watch opportunities pass me by simply because the knowledge of my availability wasn’t clearly expressed by me. I wish my brothers well, and I expect nothing but great things from them.”

Wilson recently joined Rob Zombie’s touring band to replace sick Joey Jordison. It is not known if he’ll continue with Zombie.