The potentially volatile mix of shock-rocker Marilyn Manson and reborn glam-rockers
Hole will take to U.S. stages for a tour set to open Feb. 28 in Spokane, Wash., and run
throughout the spring: while April 27 (at the Target Center in Minneapolis) is the last date
currently scheduled, more dates are expected to be added.
Aware of the strange juxtaposing of the two bands on stage, Hole bassist Melissa Auf
Der Maur has dubbed the outing the "Beautiful Monsters Tour."
"I think it's a perfect complement," Auf Der Maur said of the polar images of the
goth-turned-glam Manson and grunge-turned-glitz Hole. "We bring on the light after
they've dragged out the dark. It's two different worlds, so I can't see how one could make
the other look bad. Theirs is black and ours is white."
The groups, currently sharing stages on Australia's Big Day Out festival tour, have been
painting their black-and-white worlds in front of 40,000 fans a night for the past month.
During that time, Auf Der Maur said Hole and Manson have become chummy, despite
some acerbic words from Manson ringleader Marilyn (born Brian Warner). In England's
New Musical Express last month, he slagged Hole leader Courtney Love as "an
opportunist" whom he "wouldn't consider ... a friend."
Aside from a few television appearances and one-off dates, neither act has yet mounted
a full-scale U.S. tour in support of its respective albums, both of which were released in
Hole's Grammy-nominated Celebrity Skin has begun a gradual climb back up the
charts, currently residing at #67 on this week's Billboard 200 albums chart. It has
spawned such radio hits as the title track (RealAudio excerpt)
and "Malibu" (RealAudio excerpt), but has failed, so far, to notch platinum
sales numbers (1 million copies sold). Sales tracker SoundScan reports 880,000 copies
sold to date.
Similarly, Manson's heavily hyped Mechanical Animals, which features the
current single, "I Don't Like The
Drugs (But The Drugs Like Me)" (RealAudio excerpt), has failed to live up to the
double-platinum heights of their previous, breakthrough album, 1996's Antichrist
Superstar. Animals is ensconced at #115 on this week's chart, having sold
Both artists have recently undergone a transformation in sound and appearance.
Manson has adopted a David Bowie-like glam look in place of his formerly black-clad
gothic persona, while former grunge siren Love has assumed a high-sheen, glitzy
Their former images notwithstanding, Manson and Hole also have conflicting views
about the upcoming tour itself.
Hole guitarist Eric Erlandson said the groups had a two-hour meeting Wednesday to
discuss whom would take over for tour opener Monster Magnet for the second half of the
U.S. dates. "They wanted bands like Fun Boy Three and the Fine Young Cannibals,"
Erlandson said of the Manson camp's early '80s Brit-pop choices to replace metal act
Monster Magnet. "We want something more modern."
"Yeah, we told them we wanted a third band that comes more from where we come
from," Auf Der Maur added. "It was a pretty humorous debate about what would be OK.
We want romance and they want theater. We want love and they want shtick. We had to
explain to them that those kinds of bands make them look good, but us look silly."
With the rust seemingly shaken off during the Big Day Out tour, Erlandson and Auf Der
Maur said they've anxiously been awaiting their first full-scale Celebrity Skin U.S.
"We've been looking forward to it [for so long]," Erlandson said, who said that he was
sleepy after a late night of partying at a show by British Big Beat star Fatboy Slim at the
Metro in Melbourne, Australia. "We keep trying to get a tour together and it kept falling
apart because we couldn't find someone to tour with. I'm just psyched to hit the road with
Auf Der Maur said she felt like a "bottled-up can of soda" as she anticipates touring the
U.S. "We've been just exploding every night," Auf Der Maur said of the group's huge Big
Day Out gigs and occasional 2,000-capacity solo club shows. Leader Love, famously
unabashed on stage, has literally been bursting out of her clothes at times,
according to the bassist.
"I keep forgetting that it's something people notice," Auf Der Maur said of Love's
frequently topless Down Under performances. "It happens all the time, but she did a
pretty impressive one the other night in Brisbane. Her shirt literally popped off, the zipper
burst, and she sang all of 'Northern Star' with no shirt and just little hot pants on."
Hole/Marilyn Manson Tour Dates:
Feb. 28; Spokane, Wash.; Spokane Arena
March 2; Vancouver, Canada; PNE Coliseum
March 3; Seattle, Wash.; Key Arena
March 6; Portland, Ore.; Rose Garden
March 7; Boise, Idaho; Idaho Center
March 10; San Francisco, Calif.; Cow Palace
March 11; Sacramento, Calif.; Arco Arena
March 13; Anaheim, Calif.; The Pond
March 14; Los Angeles, Calif.; The Forum
March 16; San Diego, Calif.; Sports Arena
March 17; Las Vegas, Nev.; Thomas & Mack Arena
March 18; Phoenix, Ariz.; Veterans Coliseum
March 21; Houston, Texas; Summit
March 22; San Antonio, Texas; Alamodome
March 23; Dallas, Texas; Reunion Arena
March 25; New Orleans, La.; Uno Arena
March 27; Tampa, Fla.; Ice Palace
March 29; Orlando, Fla.; Orlando Arena
March 30; Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; National Car Center Arena
April 2; Winston-Salem, N.C.; Memorial Coliseum
April 3; Washington, D.C.; MCI Center
April 4; Philadelphia, Pa.; First Union Spectrum
April 6; New York, N.Y.; Meadowlands
April 7; New York, N.Y.; Nassau Coliseum
April 9; Worcester, Mass.; Centrum
April 10; New Haven, Conn.; Coliseum
April 11; Buffalo, N.Y.; Marine Midland Arena
April 13; Cleveland, Ohio; CSU Arena
April 15; Detroit, Mich.; Palace of Auburn Hills
April 16; Pittsburgh, Pa.; Pittsburgh Arena
April 17; Ft. Wayne, Ind.; Ft. Wayne Coliseum
April 20; Chicago, Ill.; Rosemont Horizon
April 21; Grand Rapids, Mich.; Van Andel Center
April 22; Indianapolis, Ind.; Market Square Arena
April 24; Madison, Wis.; Dan County Coliseum
April 25; Milwaukee, Wis.; Bradley Center
April 27; Minneapolis, Minn.; Target Center