Ginger Fish

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Ginger Fish
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Drummer - Heavy metal

Bands: Marilyn Manson, Rob Zombie

Drumsticks: Promark

Kenneth Robert Wilson (born (1966-09-28) September 28, 1966 (age 51)), better known by his stage name Ginger Fish, is an American drummer primarily known for playing drums for Marilyn Manson 1995-2011. Like Marilyn Manson, which combines the names of an iconic beauty with a serial killer, his name combines those of Ginger Rogers and Albert Fish.

He is now the drummer for Rob Zombie after previously joining him on a series of warm up dates in February 2011.

Early life

Ginger Fish was born Kenneth Robert Wilson in Framingham, Massachusetts, to a musical family. He has two brothers, one older and one younger, both married. His father toured with Frank Sinatra and his mother was a dancer. Due to his parents' careers, Wilson traveled a lot during his childhood but spent a considerable amount of time in Las Vegas.

He originally began playing drums in the second grade and played in the school marching band. He studied music at the University of Nevada.

Music career

Ginger is most notable for being the longtime drummer for Marilyn Manson (1995–2011), taking over for Sara Lee Lucas who was the drummer from 1991–1995. He has played drums for his own band Martyr Plot, and guest appearances with Powerman 5000 on their album Tonight the Stars Revolt!. In 2011, Ginger Fish joined Rob Zombie on drums for the February US Warm up tour dates while regular drummer Joey Jordison was in the UK with his own band the Murderdolls. As Rob Zombie said on his website: "Ginger is helping us out with some warm up gigs before we rejoin with Joey Jordison over in England for our next tour."

Ginger can be heard on Smells Like Children and every subsequent Manson album until and including The Golden Age of Grotesque (2003). On the Guns, God and Government tour in 2001, he broke his hand and collar bone while the band was destroying the stage at the end of a concert. However, he still played with one hand for the rest of the tour. He was temporarily replaced by Chris Vrenna for a whole year when in 2004 during the Viva Comet Awards a head injury left him unable to tour; however, he remained a member of Marilyn Manson.

Fish did not contribute to Marilyn Manson's sixth studio album, Eat Me, Drink Me however, because he was not available during the haste-yet-steady writing and recording process of the album. Despite this, he still remained part of the band, performing drums during the 2007-2008 Rape of the World tour.

During the production of The High End of Low, Ginger played the piano on "Into the Fire", however Chris Vrenna played drums on the whole album itself.

Since 2010 Ginger has also been doing a number of VJ DJ sets at various clubs around the USA.

Ginger's role in the recording of Born Villain remained unknown. On February 23, 2011 Ginger Fish announced his departure from the band.

On February 23, 2011 Ginger Fish announced his departure from Marilyn Manson via Facebook and Twitter: "I am regretful to inform the fans that 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. Sincerely, Ginger Fish".

Soon after Ginger joined former bandmate John 5 on tour with Rob Zombie and was announced as the permanent drummer for Rob Zombie, while their regular drummer Joey Jordison, from Slipknot/Murderdolls toured in the UK with the Murderdolls. Subsequently, Jason Sutter took over drumming duties for Manson.

Injuries

Ginger is known to have suffered many injuries while performing. His injuries include having a mic stand thrown at his head, having a guitar smashed full strength into his hand (nothing was broken in this case besides the guitar), tearing a ligament in his right knee, and falling off the back of his three-foot drum riser and subsequently off the stage (Ginger was replaced by Chris Vrenna after this incident so he could heal during the year-long tour). In addition to these, Ginger's drum tech became fed up with Marilyn trashing the drum sets during the Guns, God and Government tour. Hoping to put and end to this, the drum tech strapped the set to the riser. Manson simply broke the straps, and the extra force caused the kit (and Ginger) to be catapulted off the riser. When he landed, Ginger broke his collarbone. A month after this incident, a disc in his back herniated. Ginger has also had mononucleosis.

Drumsticks

Promark TX5ABW sticks

Ginger Fish Drumstick Collection

Current Drumstick Count in Collection: 22.

(1996) (0470-0471) Ginger Fish - new, autographed, signature model drumsticks (wood tip), Marilyn Manson (Dead to the World Tour), red ink.
(1996) (0571-0572) Ginger Fish - new, autographed, signature model drumsticks (nylon tip), ANTI Marilyn Manson (Dead to the World Tour), red ink.
(1996) (0861) Ginger Fish - used, signature model drumstick, ANTI Marilyn Manson (Dead to the World Tour), red ink.
(1996) (0472) Ginger Fish - used, signature model drumstick, ANTI Marilyn Manson (Dead to the World Tour), black ink.
(1996) (0543-0544) Ginger Fish - used, signature model drumsticks, ANTI Marilyn Manson (Dead to the World Tour), black ink.
(2000) (0823) Ginger Fish - new, signature model drumstick, HOLYWOOD Marilyn Manson (Guns, God and Government Tour).
(2002) (0596-0597) Ginger Fish - new, autographed, signature model drumsticks, GOAG Marilyn Manson (Golden Age of Grotesque Tour).
(2002) (0200) Ginger Fish - new, wrapped, autographed, signature model drumstick, GOAG Marilyn Manson (Golden Age of Grotesque Tour).
(2002) (0772) Ginger Fish - used, wrapped, signature model drumstick, GOAG Marilyn Manson (Golden Age of Grotesque Tour).
(2007) (0468-0469) Ginger Fish - new/used autographed, signature model drumsticks, EAT ME Marilyn Manson (Rape of the World Tour).
(2013) (0476) Ginger Fish - used, signature model drumstick, Rob Zombie.