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Stephen Bier
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Madonna Wayne Gacy performing live in 1995
Background information
Birth name Stephen Gregory Bier Jr
Also known as Madonna Wayne Gacy, Pogo
Born (1964-03-06) March 6, 1964 (age 50)
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, U.S.
Genres Industrial metal, industrial rock
Occupations Musician
Instruments Keyboards, percussions, programming
Years active 1989–present
Labels Nothing, Interscope
Associated acts Marilyn Manson, MMII, Mrs. Scabtree, Faultline Productions
Notable instruments
Roland AX-1
Sequential Circuits Pro-One
Yamaha CBX K2
Premier 15" × 14" and 16" × 16" floor toms
Zildjian Z custom china cymbal
Akai S950
Kurzweil K2500RS
Mackie 1604-VLZ
Peavey PC-1600

Stephen Gregory Bier Jr. (born March 6, 1964, Fort Lauderdale, Florida), formerly known by his stage name Madonna Wayne Gacy and by the nickname Pogo (John Wayne Gacy's clown name), is the former keyboard player for Marilyn Manson, 1989-2007. His stage name came from the names of the singer Madonna and the serial killer John Wayne Gacy.

Personal life[edit]

Stephen Bier was born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to a Jewish father and Catholic mother. His parents were both school teachers. Bier attended college for six years, achieving a degree in industrial engineering. After completing college, Bier applied for a job at NASA, but said it was not the job he wanted. Bier has a fascination with all things German, Japanese, and Kabbalah.

Career[edit]

Stephen Bier joined Marilyn Manson in late 1989 (though subjugating[clarification needed] the keyboardist position due to a lack of a keyboard) when Zsa Zsa Speck left the band after only playing two shows. Bier had not bought a keyboard yet, so he played with toy soldiers on stage until he bought himself a keyboard. Bier has played the following instruments or sound-shaping techniques on Marilyn Manson's albums: calliope, Hammond organ, saxophone, theremin, various brass instruments, overdubs, loops, bassoon, drums, electronic drums, keytar, piano, sampling, mellotron, shaker, and synthesizer. He is responsible for much of the Kabbalic and numerological meanings behind Manson's albums.[1]

Bier did not contribute to Marilyn Manson's album Eat Me, Drink Me. Manson has stated in interviews that Bier is now a photographer. Chris Vrenna has been confirmed as his replacement.

On August 2, 2007, it was reported that Bier filed a lawsuit against Manson for unpaid "partnership proceeds". Bier claims Manson spent the band's earnings on "sick and disturbing purchases of Nazi memorabilia and taxidermy (including the skeleton of a young Chinese girl)" and on various other luxurious items. Bier claimed that Manson "devised a campaign to drive Bier out of the band and rob him of his entitlement".[2] On December 19, 2007, Manson filed a counter suit against Bier, accusing him of breach of contract.[3]
According to metalunderground.com, the lawsuit was settled for a sum far less than what was originally sought by Bier with the total being $380,000. $175,000 was paid out by Marilyn Manson while the rest was ordered to be paid by Stephen Bier's former Business Managers.[4] He now is involved in a music project called MMII, with Brian Diemar, and Hoss. Bier recently purchased a Blockbuster video store in Land O'Lakes, Florida.[5]

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