Marilyn Manson Compiles First Live Album, Video Collection

The 13-track The Last Tour on Earth will be accompanied by 13 videos for God Is in the TV.

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,

Colo., massacre.

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

Rocks Off."

(Staff Writer Teri vanHorn contributed to this report.)