Concord Pavillion, August 28 2018
*Opinions are my own.
Another year, same purpose: to attend (yet again), and to hear (anew) a handful of musical musings (this cannot qualify for tautology) by one and only Marilyn Manson, with a cherry on top, aka Rob Zombie, and a tart, largely unknown pie of the crust, mysteriously named Dealy Apples. Yes, Zombie is a firecracker of an artist and the opening band is definitely worth further discovery, however, my main focus was on Manson, who did not disappoint. Having attended the Manson show 5 times total, this was one of the most memorable sessions.
“There were a couple of bumps in the road”, Manson claimed in his Fall 2017 interview with the Revolver magazine, and, given all the circumstances, artist’s musical career was not where it could have been until then. In addition to playing the US and international shows, he’s appeared in a number of film and TV episodes, revisited the art scene, as well as shared thoughts in numerous interviews, confirming once again that talent can take many forms. As for his most recent playlist — no shocking revelations this time, however, still a good mix of old and new:
- Irresponsible hate anthem
- Angel with the scabbed wings
- This is a new *HIT
- Fight song
- Dope show
- Kill 4 me
- Cry little sister
- Antichrist superstar
- Beautiful people
- Sweet dreams
The Manson part of the show progressed at a really good pace; he’s addressed the audience warmly and knew the exact location of the venue, changed the outfits to correspond with the lyrical themes and even returned with Sweet Dreams after saying his goodbyes to the audience. I have never been in the pit so close to MM before:
Marilyn Manson, This is a new *HIT
Then, Zombie heads invaded the stage and stirred up the audience for good. With all the classic Rob Zombie horror film references (think original Godzilla and best, aka trashiest, horror flicks from the 70’s) used as a backdrop, the atmosphere was heated within seconds.
Rob Zombie, Superbeast
In the end, the two legends, to all the fans’ hearts content, performed together to prove once again: the Twins of Evil tour was truly a remarkable experience.
Rob Zombie x Marilyn Manson, Helter Skelter || Twins of evil 2018