February 6, 2013

Marilyn Manson - Feb 4, 2013 - Winnipeg, MB

      “I never said to be like me, I say to be like you and make a difference.”  - Marilyn Manson
On Monday night, the Mascot and I took advantage of a gifted pair of tickets and caught the Marilyn Manson show at MTS Centre. We had amazing seats in a suite to the left of the stage and were able to take in all of the action. On stage, off stage, behind the stage… there was never a shortage of things to amuse us.
The opening band was the Butcher Babies, headed by two chicks with remarkable hair-swinging skills. I didn’t enjoy their show for their (ahem) musical merit, but I was mesmerized by their stage presence and apparent need to scream ALL THE TIME. The Mascot seemed to enjoy their outfits. Ahem.
After a short break, the self-proclaimed “Anti-Christ Superstar” took the stage.  I don’t know that I would call myself a big fan, but I have always been fascinated with him – his music and his envelope-pushing image. Based on my 5-point “Is it art?” checklist, he definitely makes art.
MM’s set was short, but that was probably for the best. I have never seen such a wonderfully bizarre display of ADD in my entire life. In the first four songs alone, I bet he changed outfits and props 9 times (including a Pope robe and hat, a gas-mask, a white tux jacket and matching fur stole…). He also did some fairly inexplicable things, like throwing an entire birthday cake into the crowd and, later, writhing atop a tall, black plywood box. The fact that he was singing the entire time seemed almost secondary to the theatrics.
But we loved every moment of it. How could you not? The Mascot declared the show “better than LMFAO”, which I am pretty sure is high praise, and shelled out $35 for a Butcher Babies souvenir T (which I am already coveting).

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