Marilyn Manson Is Less Shocking (But No Less Rocking) Than Ten Years Ago

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Circa 2000, Marilyn Manson was the biggest, scariest, darkest, weirdest rock star on the face of the planet. He was the devil incarnate, the voice in a troubled child's head, the savior of the unsalvageable.

He's come a long way, we've all come a long way, and now it's 2013. The Antichrist Superstar has gotten a little older, and his concerts aren't plagued by rioting Catholics like they used to be. But last night, he still managed to flood the Fillmore Miami Beach with thousands of glam-goth superfans, both young and old.

Even if you were a hipster coming to celebrate old times, you broke out the black for this one.

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We felt kind of like we had a unique perspective on the night. Even though this author had never seen Manson live before, we were kind of raised on it. Our dad has seen Manson, no lie, about four or five times. We were taught since middle school that this evil son of a bitch put on the best rock 'n' roll show of all time. Plus, we'd been dumped by our boyfriend less than 24 before curtain call. Standards for a spectacle were high.

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A couple loud opening acts provided general head-banging noise as the general admission pit filled with pasty kids in corsets and bondage gear. It's strange to be in Miami and find not a single tan. Shit really got exciting when the giant curtain came down from the rafters. You knew the stage hands were hurrying to create whatever morbid fantasy awaited our feeble minds.

As the minutes ticked, the crowd got antsy, singing loudly to songs like "Enter Sandman" and "Purple Haze" on the house speakers. They chanted for "Manson, Manson," and at about 9:50 p.m., they got their sinister wish.

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He hit the stage in black leather everything, with ultra-white skin and a black stripe across his face. He looked kind of like classic Trent Reznor, but that's kind of always been his thing, right? He went right into "Angel with the Scabbed Wings" as a great red double-cross glowed above him. His stage looked vaguely like a cemetery.

"Oh it feels so good to be back in Miami," he said, alluding to the fact that this was basically a home-coming (yes, south Florida spawned this beast). "Let's keep this city clean," he continued, screaming the title of the next song, "Disposable Teens."

Location Info


The Fillmore Miami Beach

1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, FL

Category: Music

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