“Columbine — not my fault.”
Those were the final words uttered by Marilyn Manson Tuesday night at 1stBank Center before he shrugged his shoulders and exited the stage. It has been 13 years since the high school shooting cast yet another a dark shadow over Manson, and in the wake of the tragedy in Aurora, the stigma has almost re-emerged.
Manson’s entire set Tuesday night was ripe with outrageous comments and gimmicks. The word “DRUGS” was prominently displayed at the back of the stage as Manson blew white powder onto his band during “The Dope Show.” During “Personal Jesus” he rubbed a fan’s phone on his crotch before throwing it back into the audience.
Manson’s antics are always carefully planned and calculated. However, the most bizarre moment in his set was not planned at all. The singer was electrocuted by a prop during “Antichrist Superstar,” but despite having a burned and bleeding hand, he continued the song. Manson later explained, “I wasn’t being a p*ssy. I was electrocuted and it made my hand bleed, so now I can’t punch things with that hand.”
Manson’s set was full of theatrics, confetti cannons and extreme costume changes, but his energy level paled in comparison to Rob Zombie. The “Twins of Evil” Tour co-headliner opened his set with “Jesus Frankenstein”
“Superbeast” and a wall flames that engulfed the band. The set’s pace was non-stop and the endless amounts of pyrotechnics and giant dancing robots transported concertgoers to one of Zombie’s film sets. It was like “Halloween” on steroids.
The crowd belted out every lyric to “Thunder Kiss 65” and “Dragula” while confetti once again consumed the 1stBank Center. Every song was a massive sing-along, but the most exciting part of Zombie’s set was a preview of his latest film, “The Lords of Salem,” set for release in 2013.
Spinning from sensory overload, concertgoers were left with praise from Zombie for being the best stop on the tour. Enthusiastic fans returned the compliment with a roar of applause and approval of the previous four hours of unadulterated hardcore entertainment — no matter how twisted it may have been.
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