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Tuesday, January 16,

Nearly 3 months after his October tour got canceled after one of his giant gun props fell on and broke his leg, Marilyn Manson has returned to the road with a new sense of energy and purpose. Promoting his most recent album Heaven Upside Down, Manson took over The Fox Theater in Oakland, Calif. as part of his re-scheduled tour from late last year.

With a completely sold out show in the books and fans having waited nearly 5 years since the last time Marilyn Manson made his way to the Bay Area, it was no surprise to see a legion of followers wrapped far around the building, but as the crowd became restless from overpriced beer and the sub-par DJ work of Amazonica, chants of “Man-son!”, “Man-son!” rapidly rose and fell.  Finally the curtains dropped from the ceiling and the lights on stage revealed the mad man known as Manson sitting in his gothic themed wheel chair.

Working his chair from side to side, Manson opened up the night with a deep cut of ‘The Reflecting God’ from his Antichrist Superstar album.  As the lights bathed him in blues and reds, Manson moved out of the chair and rolled right into ‘Deep Six’ from The Pale Emperor album.  Having to deal with multiple mic issues during the first handful of songs, Manson became visibly upset, to the point of throwing one of his mics backstage, and having to steal a mic from his guitarist for parts of Disposable Teens until his surgery crew could get him a new one. 

Mic Issues aside however, Marilyn Manson was in true form, going through half a dozen outfit changes including his trademark feather coat, as well as dressing up in a hospital gown for Sweet Dreams.  Manson was smart to hook the audience in with his hits and save the new stuff for the back half of the night, but even though songs like Tattooed in Reverse and Say10 have only been out for a few minutes, the crowd was singing along to them like they have been around for years.

Marilyn Manson will be touring North America till the middle of February and then will head over to Europe for the festival season in June. 

Many of his tour dates are already sold out, but check listings in your area and you might get lucky!