Marilyn Manson w/ Picture Me Broken
July 15, 2013
Last night's concert at the sold-out Fillmore in Charlotte was no different. Watch an online video and you realize he, just like Cooper and plenty of other artists, does the same thing night after night. That's not so shocking... it's also not shocking that he does what he does very well.
He smears the bright red makeup on his lips. He writhes around on stage in all black - with a handful of costume changes. He paces and stares into the crowd while screaming lyrics with abandon. He tears up Bibles and tosses microphones. He walked around on stilts for "Sweet Dreams" and donned a fur coat for "The Dope Show." He had the majority of 2,000 people at the Fillmore singing along to every word he sang for roughly 75 minutes.
He performed one song, "No Reflection," from his latest album, Born Villain. There was no "Lunchbox," "Irresponsible Hate Anthem" or "1996." He didn't play "Tourniquet," "I Don't Like the Drugs" or "The Fight Song." Nothing from 2007's Eat Me, Drink Me or 2009's The High End of Low, though most people probably didn't mind that as much.
But while many fans were left wanting a lot more, what Manson did offer was solid and intense - musically, vocally and as an overall performance. If he didn't do it well, he would have disappeared a long time ago.
* Manson mentioned that "The Beautiful People" was written in a Holiday Inn in Charlotte many years ago.
Angel With the Scabbed Wings
The Dope Show
Rock Is Dead
This Is the New Shit
Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)
The Beautiful People