Closing in on 50, Marilyn Manson may have tempered his stage show, but he remains ever the showman. The Antichrist superstar returned last week to Myrtle Beach House of Blues, riveting fans just as he’s done for nearly 25 years.
Touring in support of last year's Heaven Upside Down, Manson’s headlining run coincides with the “Twins Of Evil Tour,” that he’s co-headlining with fellow 90s stalwart Rob Zombie. AXS caught Manson’s Grand Strand performance, where he featured newer tracks along with his nostalgic hits.
There, the Pale Emperor proved he doesn’t need to inject his performances with “over-the-top” in order for them to rock. Here are five reasons not to miss Marilyn Manson live.
5. His music catalog
With 10 albums behind him, Manson has plenty of material to pull from for the band’s performances. Shows encapsulate the singer’s discography, which gives fans – old or new - a taste of every Manson era. Recent setlists have comprised 14 cherry-picked songs, with “Disposable Teens” from Holy Wood (2000), “Deep Six” from 2015’s The Pale Emperor, and Antichrist Superstar’s (1996) “The Beautiful People,” among others.
4. Marilyn Manson’s vocals are still strong
Despite decades of crooning with guttural screams, Manson’s vocals remain stout. Father time hasn’t worn down the goth metaller’s vocal range even after severe wear and tear.
3. The backing musicians
While Manson is the only original member of the band, his drummer, guitarist and bassist are seasoned musicians. The trio plays ferocious riffs and more aggressively and tight, without overpowering the lyrical component.
2. Marilyn Manson is a consummate entertainer
Marilyn Manson may have mellowed his shock rocker persona but he still puts on a dynamic show. Whether amping the crowd - by dropping into the photo pit (between the stage and crowd), thus sending the audience into an ecstatic frenzy - flanked by creepy nurses in scrubs, or shrouded in a full-length black feathered coat, there’s an element of theatrics in every live song.
1. That captivating quality
Witness a performance and you can’t mistake Manson’s magnetism that seems to feed his followers. During the Myrtle Beach show, fans ate up every note that the Pale Emperor offered during his hour and 10-minute set, which included The Dope Show, KILL4 Me, Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This), Cry Little Sister, and The Beautiful People. It’s a wonder this Manson isn’t the enigmatic leader of his own cult.
For remaining Marilyn Manson tour dates, visit the band’s website here.