It's hard to introduce Marilyn Manson, in part because he needs no introduction. Manson is, and will always be, an icon in music history. You'd be hard-pressed to find anyone who isn't familiar with the artist's oeuvre or at the very least his name--a pop culture synergy of Marilyn Monroe's and Charles Manson's names. His rock metal music has earned him multiple platinum albums, Grammy nominations, a cult following, and a stream of controversial media buzz over the past two decades, all of which the artist has taken in stride. In 2017, Manson returned to center stage on his "Heaven Upside Down Tour"--stopping at New York City's Hammerstein Ballroom on Saturday night.
As the curtains dropped Manson opened his fifteenth international headlining tour with "Revelation #12"; shaking the venue with chants, "One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten. Revelations come in twelve, I say it again...We'll paint the town red." Manson does more than just paint the town red, he owns it--as fans clamor and scream in his presence (there is a certain godly appearance to Manson, coated pure in white makeup and somehow darker than death, he stands as a figure to be worshipped, praised, and even revered).
The tour, which supports Manson's tenth studio album, Heaven Upside Down (Loma Vista, 2017), stands as a triumph for the singer. It embodies everything that Manson has been working towards over his illustrious career and in ways showcases an emboldened version of Manson's brand/character. Old hits like "Dope Show" seem uninhibited and unhinged now, and it works (playing on the notion that some things really do get better over time). Manson's famous cover of "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)" was slated to silence any doubts. Unfortunately, as Manson was bringing the song to a close a stage prop came crashing down on him. This was following an incident on Friday night in Pittsburg where Manson reportedly suffered an ankle injury.
Manson, who is only three days into his North American tour, was taken to the hospital with a leg injury; the show was announced as canceled shortly after the incident. At the time it's still unclear how severe the injury is and if/how it will affect his remaining tour dates--which run through December.