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Stephen Gregory Bier, Jr.

Madonna Wayne Gacy performing live in 1995
Background information
Birth name Stephen Bier
Also known as Madonna Wayne Gacy
Pogo
Born March 6, 1964 (1964-03-06) (age 46)
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, U.S.
Genres Alternative metal
Industrial rock
Occupations Keyboardist
Instruments Synthesizer
Electronic drums
Keytar
Piano
Electronic organ
Years active 1989 - 2008
Labels nothing
Interscope
Associated acts Marilyn Manson
Mrs. Scabtree

Stephen Gregory Bier Jr., formerly known by his stage name Madonna Wayne Gacy (born March 6, 1964, Fort Lauderdale, Florida) was the former keyboard player for Marilyn Manson. His stage name came from the names of the singer Madonna and the serial killer John Wayne Gacy. He has also been referred to as Pogo (John Wayne Gacy's clown name).

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Stephen 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, 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 and shortly before its release was said to have left the band and returned to his home in Florida to focus on his photography with rumours briefly floating around that he had left the band and returned home due to what was later known to be a major family crisis. 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]

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