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