April 11 [18:00 EST] --Marilyn Manson paranoia boiled over on Thursday in the heart of Hootie country: Columbia, South Carolina, where Manson's April 20 concert at the University of South Carolina's Coliseum was canceled.
Bowing to intense civic and religious group pressure, the school and the concert promoter, Cellar Door Productions, pulled the plug, with the school using a buy-out clause in its contract.
However, Manson's manager says the band has not been paid yet, and claims the school may have violated its contract.
The anti-Manson pressure was launched by State Treasurer Richard Eckstrom, who first learned about the band at a church service.
The show was canceled the same day that state legislators introduced a bill to bar the use of any state facility for a concert by Marilyn Manson, something that sounds unconstitutional to the local chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union.
Manson himself calls his South Carolina foes "fascist bigots"
and asked MTV News "What do you expect from a state that still flies the Confederate flag at the state house?"
Meanwhile, the band also canceled its Friday show in Jackson, Mississippi, although this cancellation was for purely technical reasons. Tickets for the canceled Jackson show will be honored at Saturday nightís show in Biloxi, Mississippi.