"This is the final piece of a triptych that I began with Antichrist Superstar. The character of Omēga has been disposed of, as he was a ruse to lure the commercial mall-goers into the web of destruction that I've always planned since the beginning."—Marilyn Manson
On February 29, 2000, Manson confirmed that the album was on track for a "Fall of 2000" release. By August 2, the singer announced a new projected release date of October 24 and posted an early draft of the track listing. Manson then began posting weekly updates on the website so fans could get access to previews of new songs and artwork legally and with the permission of the band. On August 25, 2000, the complete track listing for the new album was released.
On September 18, 2000, Manson clarified that the album's US release was moved to November 14, 2000, and confirmed that the album's first single would be "Disposable Teens". The postponement was the result of further fine-tuning work being done during the final mixing stage. The album was released on November 13, 2000, in the UK and on December 5, 2000, in Japan, through Nothing and Interscope Records.
On the evening of November 14, 2000, Manson, Ramirez, and John 5 took a short break from the tour to celebrate the album's launch by playing a brief invitation-only acoustic set at the Saci nightclub in New York City. Tickets for the event were given away through radio contests, via the band's website, and by being among the first 100 to buy the album at the Tower Records store in New York's Broadway Avenue. The set consisted of four songs that included a cover of Lennon's "Working Class Hero" and "Suicide Is Painless", the theme song for the TV series M*A*S*H. Manson noted that the latter song " far more depressing than anything I could have ever written." The following day he appeared on Total Request Live for a segment titled "Mothers Against Marilyn Manson". The band performed the first single at MTV's New Year's Eve celebration, along with a cover of Cheap Trick's "Surrender", and again on January 8, 2001, at the 2001 American Music Awards.
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