The Wiltern-Los Angeles, CA
No thanks to the pr person, we were unable to acquire photo passes for this particular show. Another of our writers had gone to Manson’s show in Chicago only a few weeks ago, but was allowed in with a camera. If this was not a problem then we should have been told that. However, after several last minute attempts on Ticketmaster we managed to purchase two tickets for the show. The reviews must go on. After a two hour drive we waited in line (which wrapped around the block all the way back to the parking garage) for over an hour to enter the Wiltern. Upon entering the building we noticed immediately that it was a symphony hall. The hall was nice but nothing as nice as the majestic Copley Hall in San Diego. The crowd was immediately packing onto the stadium-like floor space. An upper mezzanine had seats, but we had opted for the floor tics.
The opening act was Ours. Music and video available for your perusal on myspace. The group put on a good show. They remind me a little of U2. Although they were putting on a good performance, many of the Manson fans were getting anxious and rowdy. At one point during a lengthy song we heard boo-ing. When they finished their set they thanked the crowd and hurried off the stage. Then we waited for Manson, and waited, and waited, and waited, and waited. (I think you get the idea.) I myself have very little tolerance for waiting; so as 15 minutes passed, then 30, then 45, then 60, I went from a bit annoyed to dismayed and wanting my money back. At this point if princess Marilyn did not get his but on stage soon, the only way to make up for it would be to put on a spectacular show.
One hour and fifteen minutes later the curtain finally went up.The band is on stage and ready to rock. Manson is wearing his usual regalia and looks cool as always with his usual gothic style getup. Electric candles light the stage for effect. He addresses the crowd and begins to sing. Here are the titles from memory (not necessarily in order of performance): Disposable Teens, If I Was Your Vampire, Mobscene, The Dope Show, Sweet Dreams (Eurythmics Cover), Heart-Shaped Glasses, The Love Song, Tourniquet, Irresponsible Hate Anthem, Mutilation Is The Most Sincere Form Of Flattery, Eat Me Drink Me, Rock Is Dead. The encore songs were as follows: The Fight Song, Anti-Christ Superstar, The Beautiful People.
The following four songs (If I Was Your Vampire, Heart-Shaped Glasses, Eat Me Drink Me, and Mutilation Is The Most Sincere Form Of Flattery) were off his latest album. These seem to be the more popular radio edit type of songs. Although I throughly enjoyed the show I wished he had sung You and Me & the Devil Make 3. The show was awesome, but at the end he seemed to have hurt himself while acting up with the drummer on stage. So much so he had to be assisted off by a roadie.