Ginger Fish (drums), Zim Zum [Timothy Michael Linton]
Setlist: angel with the scabbed wings
get your gunn
dried up, tied and dead to the world
irresponsible hate anthem
minute of decay
the beautiful people
the reflecting god
cake and sodomy
man that you fear
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@ The Strand
Not missing out on any Halloween publicity, Marilyn
Manson made his way through town again to begin what looks like his biggest tour
yet. The new "Antichrist Superstar" was #3 on the charts and Marilyn had a day
off to rest up for his show at the Strand.
MM was supposed to play Boston the night before, but apparently there was a
buzz in the sound system, or just a generally shit system, that forced them to
cancel the show and head to Providence early. With nothing else to do, they went
to the Strand Dance Party Saturday Night and scared up a few of the locals.
Rested and ready they did a superb set the next night. Even before Manson
showed up the opening band NY Loose brought out a special guest, Sean X from
White Zombie, who did the Stooges "Now I Wanna Be Your Dog," or something....
Anyway, Marilyn rocks pretty hard from
beginning to end- they opened with "Angel with the Scabbed Wings" from
the new CD. Their stage was set as an old church- with a big organ for
Ginger, some stone walls all around, and a huge stained glass window
that depicted an angel stomping the devil down into the earth. Later in
the set more of the window lit up to reveal angels impailed on spikes.
Other than Marilyn nobody had a microphone, but everybody did play
really well. Daisy especially seemed to play ertra hard- and loud, at
least from where I was. Ginger didn't seem to play the big church organ
too much- instead he played a guitar/keyboard thing.
I was impressed with MM's growth. Last year Marilyn was smashing bottles on
his head, cutting himself, and generally seemed to be a weaker soul compared
with his new Antichrist persona. The new Marilyn seems more confident and struts
They did really rocking versions of "Irresponsible Hate Anthem," "The
Beautiful People," and even did one of those vegas snow storms on stage for a
cool version of "Cryptorchid." Marilyn even strapped on a giutar a few times for
"Dried up, Tied up and Dead to the World," and "Minute of Decay."
The best effect of the night was the version of "Antichrist Superstar." The
stage changed into a Nazi/ Pink Floyd inspired banner waving rally. Marilyn
stood behind a raised podium with the huge red and black AC logo on it. Big red
banners had the same logo on it. The crowd slauted in time with the song while
Marilyn posed away like he was in a Madonna video. He would make a much better
Evita, judging by the way he fluttered his fake eyebrows and limply waved at the
cute boys up front.
People seemed to really dig the show. The sound was great, and Marilyn wasn't
nearly as spooky as they expected. Marilyn rarely spoke to us except to ask if
anybody had heard he was gonna blow himself up a few days later on Halloween.
Of course they did "Sweet Dreams," but they did it mid set to get it out of
the way. For encores the band did a nasty version of "Cake and Sodomy" and
something I didn't know. They also came back out and did an third encore, "Man
that You Fear."
Marilyn managed to live through Halloween, and I guess the band is touring
Europe. Supposedly they'll be back for a spring or summer tour. William Bennett
and C. Delores Tucker got on MM's case again calling ACS the worst album of the
year- more h armful even than gangster rap, so I guess Marilyn is starting to
get his message across.