Last Night: Rob Zombie & Marilyn Manson at Reliant Arena

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Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson
Reliant Arena
October 30, 2012

The men of the "Twins of Evil" tour made two important statements at Reliant Arena Tuesday evening. Marilyn Manson's was that people are zombies. Rob Zombie's was that fire is awesome.

Which one do you think was more fun?

Manson must have been born on the wrong side of the bed, and has been making up for lost time ever since. Tuesday he tried a different accessory on about every song -- a stylish stole, a pope outfit, insecticide sprayer, several different hats, SS-style leather trench, a butcher-knife microphone he used to stab a couple of beer cans -- making a series of Big Statements that rang strangely hollow.

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Phrases like "Stink Finger," "Blumpkin" and "Toss My Salad" flashed on LED signs during "mOBSCENE"; after "Rock Is Dead, a clip of Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech played before some balloons floated off (the election, maybe?); and for "Antichrist Superstar," he ascended a pulpit in front of a giant Nuremburg rally-style banner, with crooked lightning bolts replacing swastikas. It was all very over-the-top, just not terribly shocking.

Manson's music does have its merits. He's an excellent screamer, and he put that feral howl to good use in a series of marches that made up in throb and grind what they lacked in variety. If you like late-'80s Ministry, you would have loved it.

It was almost too cold and industrial to be erotic, but not always. "Disposable Teens" gave the impression of a morgue being turned into a strip club, and "Slo-Mo-Tion" is about as good as Manson can do at a sexxxy Prince-style love jamm.

He also has superb taste in covers, giving us a thrashy version of Depeche Mode's "Personal Jesus" and turning up the goth to 11 on the Eurythmics' "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)." He dropped two Beatles references into the set, "Revolution" almost immediately and "Happiness Is a Warm Gun" into "The Dope Show."

But something about Manson just radiates contempt for everyone and everything, up to and including the audience and himself. It's just not a very attractive quality. For his Ziggy-Stardust-as-Hitler routine to really work, and make him a true rock demagogue, people should believe he's on their side even a little bit. Tuesday he seemed more like he'd rather piss on the lot of them.

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NRG Arena

8400 Kirby Drive, Houston, TX

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I am always going to new be a Manson fan and was at his concert in May. Being I have never seen Zombie, yet been a fan since early 90's, that was what I wanted to see. Zombie kicked ass! Manson at Verizon theater years back was by far the most theatrical show ever though. Back in '96 the Antichrist Superstar tour was the shit! that's when he really started realizing the shock value he was fixing to unleash on America.;-)


Manson was very disappointing to me.  I have seen Zombie twice now and will continue to see him when I can, he rocks.  I will probably never go and see Manson again because it was like he didn't even try to do his song right.  He didn't try to sing at all.  Like the article said, he was a good screamer but that is it.  He ruined "Dope Show" for me.  Fuck Manson.  He don't need to sing now in his mind he could care less, he got his money, Fuck him.



I felt like a failure for not recognizing which Go Nagai anime the nudity was from.It was "Kekko Kamen".


. . . FYI. 


 @chris.gray  I knew it already, but since it'd been years, the name eluded me.  Had to look it up this morning to appease my curiosity.

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