Marilyn Manson U.S. Tour-Plans Taking Shape

On his last outing, shock-rocker drew numerous protests and calls for a ban on his music.

A year after he shocked the world with his controversial tour

in support of Antichrist

Superstar, newly reinvented glam-rocker Marilyn Manson is

planning to hit the road

again with the same sort of spectacle and showmanship that made

him beloved among

his fans and an enemy of the religious right.

Shock-rocker-turned-glam-king Manson and his namesake band will

hit U.S. venues

with his new, more colorful look and sound, beginning Oct. 26 in Kansas City in

support of the group's new album, Mechanical Animals.

Although no venues for the tour have been announced yet, 17 tentative U.S.

dates were posted

on the official Marilyn Manson website Monday (Sept. 28), which indicate that Manson

plans to end his tour of the States with a Nov. 22 date in New York City.

After the U.S. dates, the tour will continue on to Europe.

Jenny Body, a spokeswoman at Interscope Records, Manson's label,

could not confirm

the tour dates and said the label has no word on venues for the

tour, nor on

an opening act.

The ever-controversial Manson -- who will be performing with new guitarist John5, the

replacement for the departed Zim Zum -- has promised in interviews to continue the

staged spectacle that accompanied the band's previous tour in support of its

breakthrough Antichrist Superstar album.

That 1996-97 tour, during which Manson (born Brian Warner) staged mock Nazi-rallies,

defaced Bibles and used the American flag as toilet paper, drew scores of protests from

religious organizations and attempts to ban his over-the-top antics in several cities.

Although Manson has changed his look, replacing his more gothic togs with glammier,

silver outfits and a persona based on glam-pioneer David Bowie's Ziggy Stardust

character, some people who kept an eye on Manson's moves last time promised to be

alert on this go-round as well.

"Before and after the Antichrist album, we wrote three or four articles about

Manson, in which our take was simply that here is a group that has a cult following, and

is extremely anti-Christian, breaking into the mainstream," said Rusty Benson, associate

editor of the American Family Association Journal.

The AFA, a conservative Christian organization headed by controversial

anti-pornography crusader Dr. Donald Wildmon, posted several outrageous stories on its

website during Manson's previous tour, in which the singer was depicted as

encouraging audience members to have sex during his show and killing kittens onstage.

Manson, whose lawyers threatened the AFA with legal action regarding the posted

allegations, has publicly denied all the reports.

Although Benson was adamant that the AFA never officially organized boycotts of

Manson's shows, he said several organization members did appear on a number of

radio and television programs expressing their disdain for Manson's act.

"I think individuals in towns across the U.S. who read our articles on Manson found out

about the band and they protested and raised objections," Benson said.

The editor said that he plans, just as he did before, to follow the tour and buy Manson's

new album to find out "what it's all about."

The fourth album from Marilyn Manson sold 222,000 copies in its debut week, sending it

to the top of the Billboard 200 albums chart during the week ending Sept. 20. The

album's first single, "The Dope Show," features typically provocative Manson lyrics such

as "The drugs they say make us feel so hollow/ We love in vain narcissistic and so

shallow/ the cops and queers to swim you have to swallow/ Hate today there's no love

for tomorrow/ We're all stars now in the dope show."

Marilyn Manson Tour Dates:

Oct. 26; Kansas City

Oct. 27; St. Louis, Mo.

Oct. 29; Milwaukee, Wis.

Oct. 30; Chicago, Ill.

Oct. 31; Minneapolis, Minn.

Nov. 3; Tulsa, Okla.

Nov. 4; Houston, Texas

Nov. 5; Dallas, Texas

Nov. 7; New Orleans, La.

Nov. 9; Atlanta, Ga.

Nov. 10; Charlotte, N.C.

Nov. 13; Philadelphia, Pa.

Nov. 14; Cleveland, Ohio

Nov. 16; Detroit, Mich.

Nov. 18; Toronto, Ont.

Nov. 19; Syracuse, N.Y.

Nov. 21; Boston, Mass.

Nov. 22; New York, N.Y.

Nov. 27; Barcelona, Spain

Nov. 28; Bilbao, Spain

Nov. 30; Lisbon, Portugal

Dec. 1; Madrid, Spain

Dec. 4; Milan, Italy

Dec. 5; Munich, Germany

Dec. 6; Vienna, Austria

Dec. 9; Copenhagen, Denmark

Dec. 10; Oslo, Norway

Dec. 11; Stockholm, Sweden

Dec. 13; Hamburg, Germany

Dec. 14; Tilburg, Netherlands

Dec. 16; Cologne, Germany

Dec. 17; London, England

Dec. 18; Deinze, Belgium

Dec. 19; Paris, France