The Palladium Ballroom is a small venue. No matter where you are, you are close. The amps and the band are in your face at all times! Since the venue was small, I was hoping for a more stripped down Manson show. I was hoping he’d leave all the props and girls at home and just play some music! To my surprise, I got just that…
Marilyn Manson has been at the epicenter of the Hard Rock/Heavy Metal world for 18 years. He’s known for eclectic costumes and harsh lyrics. With the help of Trent Reznor, lead singer and mastermind of Nine Inch Nails, Manson got his start. Reznor produced Manson’s 1994 debut, Portrait of an American Family.
The band has gone through several lineup changes throughout the years. The current band consists of Manson, guitarist Twiggy Ramirez (who was the Bass player from 1993-2002; then rejoining the band in 2008 as guitarist for their live shows), bassist Fred Sablan, and drummer Jason Sutter.
Back to the show…Manson left most of his props at home, with the exception of a smoke gun, a helmet, and a large flashlight. During the performance of Antichrist Superstar, Manson, acting like a rag doll atop a tall podium, knocked over prop microphones. This was the extent of the prop show. The remainder of the concert was Manson, the band, and pure rock.
The set list for the concert was well balanced. He played five songs from his latest release, Born Villain, premiering, Murderers Are Getting Prettier Every Day, live for the first time. No songs were performed from their first album, or from the two lead up albums to Born Villain.
Material from the well known Antichrist Superstar, Mechanical Animals, Holy Wood, and Golden Age of Grotesque albums were the centerpiece of the show. Two covers were included in the set list, Personal Jesus and Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This).
All but 1 song was performed flawlessly. The hit, Beautiful People, started without a hit from drummer, Jason Sutter. Manson was ready to go after announcing the song, but a short delay threw of his rhythm. So much so, that the vocals on the first verse came in a bit late. The hiccups continued throughout the song. No matter, as I, nor the audience cared much. We continued to sing loud and rock out with the rock icon.
Did I mention that the Palladium was a small venue? I was there for stripped down, no frills Marilyn Manson show at that’s what I got. Thanks for leaving the props at home, wherever that may be…
Setlist: Hey, Cruel World…, Disposable Teens, The Love Song, No Reflection, mOBSCENE, The Dope Show, Sl-Mo-Tion, Rock is Dead, Personal Jesus (Depeche Mode cover), Pistol Whipped, Murderers Are Getting Prettier Every Day, Tourniquet, Irresponsible Hate Anthem, Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This), Antichrist Superstar, The Beautiful People
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