Shock-rocker Marilyn Manson, whose profane and sacrilegious shows have
stirred protest across the nation for three years, will release his first
live album, The Last Tour on Earth, in mid-November.
The 13-track effort will be accompanied by a 13-clip video compilation,
God Is in the TV. The video's release date has not yet been set,
according to the Mitch Schneider Organization (MSO), the publicity firm
that represents Manson's namesake band.
"A big part of Manson's show is the drama of it all, and I don't think
a live album could ever totally capture that," Manson fan Suzanne
Friedman, 19, of Wakefield, R.I., wrote in an e-mail. "But Marilyn's proved us
all wrong before."
The group recorded the songs on the live album during Manson's Midwestern
dates early last year in support of Mechanical Animals (1998). In
addition to such concert staples as "Antichrist Superstar" and "The
Beautiful People" from the band's 1996 album, Antichrist Superstar,
the LP will feature a previously unrecorded version of "Get My Rocks Off,"
originally recorded by '70s pop-rockers Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show.
The live album compiles songs from Manson's entire catalog, dating back
to 1994's Portrait of an American Family.
The compilation of all Manson's typically bleak music videos will open
with the previously unreleased clip for the Mechanical Animals
track "Coma White" (RealAudio
excerpt). It also will feature an hour of live behind-the-scenes
footage, according to MSO. The "Coma White" clip will debut on MTV's
"Total Request Live" Sept. 13. (SonicNet is a part of MTV Interactive.)
The premiere of the video, filmed earlier this year, has been delayed
twice. The clip re-enacts the assassination of President John F. Kennedy,
with Manson as Kennedy and the singer's girlfriend, actress Rose McGowan,
as the late Jackie Kennedy, according to a source on the set. The first
delay came in the wake of the Columbine High School shootings in April,
when Manson found himself under attack due to media reports that the two
shooters were fans of his dark, industrial music. The video was delayed
again following the death of John F. Kennedy Jr. in a plane crash July
16, the source said.
Manson's management denies the video was held for either of those reasons,
the band's MSO spokesperson said.
The songs from the live album come from all of Manson's releases,
including "Get Your Gunn," from his full-length debut, Portrait
of an American Family, and his 1995 Smells Like Children
cover of the Eurythmics hit "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)." The latter
is paired with "Hell Outro" from the 1997 soundtrack to the film "Spawn."
Howard Krumholtz, rock buyer at Tower Records on the Sunset Strip in West
Hollywood, Calif., said he wasn't sure what purpose a live album would
serve, considering the band's emphasis on visuals in concert.
"I think it would be disappointing as far as sales," Krumholtz said,
adding that predicting the album's success is difficult without knowing
such specifics as retail cost. "A live video would probably do better.
"Plus, if they're sticking it out in the last quarter here, with all of
these gigantic releases coming out, it might get buried," he continued,
naming such "gigantic releases" as albums by Nine Inch Nails, Chris
Cornell and Tori Amos.
Marilyn Manson (born Brian Warner) has long trafficked in outrageous
stage antics that have drawn the ire of religious groups and local
politicians, who frequently have called for banning the ghoulish rocker's
spectacles. The brightly lit industrial-rock shows frequently have
featured fascist iconography, burning crosses, flagellation and monologues
in which the singer suggests that Jesus Christ endorsed the use of
illicit, hard-core drugs.
The dates represented on the live album were scheduled to feature support
from rockers Hole, but the band dropped off the tour after just a handful
of dates. The Hole camp attributed the split to problems with sharing
the cost of Manson's production. Manson's twisted ankle threw the tour
off track in March; it was canceled in April in the wake of the Littleton,
The Mechanical Animals tour brought the usual controversy over
Manson and his crew. The band was accused of setting fire to a
dressing room and trashing four hotel rooms in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., on
Nov. 21. Two days later, the singer was allegedly involved in an altercation
with former Spin magazine editor Craig Marks, in which Marks
claimed the singer's bodyguards choked and threatened him backstage at
the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York.
The full track listing for God Is in the TV is: "Coma White,"
"Rock Is Dead," "I Don't Like the Drugs (But the Drugs Like Me)"
excerpt), "The Dope Show," "Long Hard Road out of Hell," "Cryptorchid,"
"Man That You Fear," "Tourniquet," "The Beautiful People," "Sweet Dreams
(Are Made of This)," "Dope Hat," "Lunchbox" and "Get Your Gunn."
The full track listing for The Last Tour on Earth is: "Intro,"
"The Reflecting God," "Great Big White World," "Get Your Gunn," "Sweet
Dreams (Are Made of This)/ Hell Outro," "Rock Is Dead," "The Dope Show,"
"Lunchbox," "I Don't Like the Drugs (But the Drugs Like Me)," "Antichrist
Superstar," "The Beautiful People," "The Last Day on Earth" and "Get My
(Staff Writer Teri vanHorn contributed to this report.)