Despite his ghoulish appearance and penchant for defiling sacred objects -- from the
Holy Bible to Old Glory -- shock-rocker Marilyn Manson is still more than welcome to
bring his latest noise to America's traditionally conservative heartland.
At least, that's according to some venue operators in those parts.
Manson, who has reinvented himself as a latter-day glam-rocker, is launching his latest
tour with a show in the breadbasket of the U.S., Kansas City, Kan. When he arrives, he
will be met with open arms, according to the venue's management team.
"He played here last time and we explained to him what we needed him to do, and he
was absolutely delightful," said Brian Kincaid, who owns the management company that
runs the 3,200-capacity Memorial Hall in Kansas City, where Manson will kick off the tour
Oct. 26. Kincaid recalled telling Manson that, as long as there was no nudity onstage, he
could bring his outrageous show to Kansas City any time he wanted.
Manson (born Brian Warner) and his eponymous band will begin their upcoming 18-city
North American concert-tour in support of the group's new album, Mechanical
Animals, at the Memorial Hall, according to music-industry trade magazine
Pollstar. The industrial-rock band 12 Rounds has been announced as the
opening act on the first leg of U.S. tour dates, according to the official Manson website
"If we thought there would be problems, we wouldn't have booked the date," Kincaid
But Manson appears to be steering clear of Portland, Ore., Salt Lake City and the
Canadian cities of Calgary and Winnipeg, all locations where his show was either
banned or threatened with a ban during the controversial 1996-97 tour in support of his
breakthrough Antichrist Superstar album.
That tour, during which Manson staged mock Nazi-rallies, defaced Bibles and used the
American flag as toilet paper, also drew scores of protests from religious organizations.
Debbie Bensinger, a spokeswoman at Interscope Records, Manson's label, could not
confirm the upcoming tour-dates and added that the label has no word on venues or on
an opening act.
Mechanical Animals, which features the radio hit "The Dope Show" (RealAudio excerpt), debuted at #1
on the Billboard 200 albums chart two weeks ago, dropping to #5 this week. The
two-week sales total for the album is approximately 321,000 copies.
Industry experts expect Manson will likely do the same sort of steady, but not
overwhelming, concert business that he has done in the past. "Over the past couple of
years, they've done well, but not huge numbers," said Gary Bongiovanni, editor of
With shows booked for 2,500-5,000-seat venues, Manson's band was wise to play some
rooms that are smaller than his audience warrants, in order to create a buzz about his
new, yet-to-be-revealed stageshow, Bongiovanni said. The ever-controversial Manson --
who will be performing with new guitarist John5 (born John Lowery), the replacement for
the departed Zim Zum -- has promised in interviews to continue the staged spectacle that
accompanied the Antichrist Superstar tour.
Based on the new album's promotional materials and a recent appearance at the MTV
Video Music Awards, it is obvious that Manson has changed his look, replacing his more
gothic togs with silver, sci-fi-influenced outfits. He has even worn prosthetic breasts,
suggesting an homage to '70s glam-pioneer David Bowie's androgynous, alien-like
Ziggy Stardust character.
Bongiovanni said it was too early to tell if Manson will inspire the same volatile reaction
that he did on his most recent go-round. "It depends if some religious leaders choose to
make him a target, or if Manson incites them somehow," Bongiovanni said.
With the tour scheduled to launch right in the heartland, and with such organizations as
conservative Christian-group the American Family Association promising to keep an eye
on the singer's antics, chances are good that Manson will continue to be the center of
His tour continues from North America with a European leg that will take Manson on 16
dates from Barcelona, Spain, to Paris.
Marilyn Manson Tour Dates:
Oct. 26; Kansas City, Kan., Memorial Hall
Oct. 27; St. Louis, Mo., Fox Theater
Oct. 29; Milwaukee, Wis., Riverside Theatre
Oct. 30; Chicago, Ill., Aragon Ballroom
Oct. 31; St. Paul, Minn., Roy Wilkins Auditorium
Nov. 3; Tulsa, Okla., Brady Theatre
Nov. 4; Houston, Texas, Aerial Theatre
Nov. 5; Dallas, Texas, Bronco Bowl
Nov. 7; New Orleans, La., State Theatre
Nov. 9; Atlanta, Ga., Tabernacle
Nov. 10; Charlotte, N.C., Ovens Auditorium
Nov. 11; Richmond, Va., Landmark Theater
Nov. 14; Cleveland, Ohio, Cleveland Music Hall
Nov. 16; Detroit, Mich., State Theatre
Nov. 18; Toronto, Ont., Massey Hall
Nov. 19; Syracuse, N.Y., Landmark Theatre
Nov. 21; Boston, Mass., Orpheum Theatre
Nov. 23; New York, N.Y., Hammerstein Ballroom
Nov. 27; Barcelona, Spain, Pavello De La D'Hebron
Nov. 28; Bilbao, Spain, Pabellon De La Castilla
Nov. 30; Lisbon, Portugal, Pavilhao Multiusos
Dec. 1; Madrid, Spain, Palacio de la Commidad
Dec. 4; Milan, Italy, Palavobis
Dec. 5; Munich, Germany, Colosseum
Dec. 6; Vienna, Austria, Libro Music Hall
Dec. 9; Copenhagen, Denmark, KB Halle
Dec. 10; Oslo, Norway, Rockefeller Music Hall
Dec. 11; Stockholm, Sweden, Stockholm Arena
Dec. 13; Hamburg, Germany, Grosse Freiheit 36
Dec. 14; Tilburg, Netherlands, 013
Dec. 16; Cologne, Germany, E-Werk
Dec. 17; London, England, Brixton Academy
Dec. 18; Deinze, Belgium, Brielpoort
Dec. 19; Paris, France, Le Zenith