Marilyn Manson shows his softer side

Marilyn Manson has invited a boy with a life-threatening illness to record backing vocals on his new album.

Manson invited Andrew Baines to visit him in the studio as part of the Make-A-Wish foundation, which grants the wishes of children with life-threatening illnesses.

Baines travelled to Manson's Los Angeles studio, where he was played six songs from The Golden Age of Grotesque album and was recorded some backing vocals.

Writing in his online journal at his official website, Manson said, "I spent the afternoon with Andrew, who reminded that the things that I create are only made complete by those who enjoy them. I just want to simply say, 'thank you,' to Andrew for sharing such an important wish with me."

"I wanted to make Andrew a permanent part of history, sealed up in distortion and megabytes of plastic. Skold and I recorded him doing some back-up vocals, so when you hear The Golden Age Of Grotesque, you will get a piece of our meeting. That piece is for every fan who couldn't be there. Good luck Andrew."

Manson has also posted a video clip of the meeting on his website.

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