Marilyn Manson’s onstage collapse punctuates Canadian concert
The shock rocker was rushed off stage after collapsing during the show's final song
By Adrien Begrand
Special to MSN Music
One of the strange things about shock rock is that fantasy and reality can blur to the point where if something strange happens during a performance, you find yourself standing there thinking to yourself, was this all part of the act, or is this real?
That thought crept into the heads of a couple thousand people at Marilyn Manson’s sold-out theater show in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Wednesday night, as the popular artist withered to the floor after one verse of the final song of his set, “The Beautiful People,” and continued to lay there for a couple minutes before being carried off. His three-piece backing band, clearly playing to click-tracked backing music, was forced to see the song all the way through to the end. The trio concluded with a rote flourish, strode offstage, and in the most depressing, anticlimactic conclusion to a concert this writer has seen in a while, a lone confetti cannon poofed out its payload in silence, paper rectangles raining down on a bemused crowd. Good night Springton; there will be no encores.
When Manson admitted he was ill early into his 14-song, 70-minute performance, the comment came across as preening. After all, a professional performer, especially a heavy metal road dog, never complains to an audience that he or she is under the weather. However, as Manson’s set rolled along, he seemed to be toughing it out quite well, rolling through a professional, workmanlike set. Newer songs like “No Reflection” and “Hey, Cruel World” were carted out alongside late-‘90s tracks “The Dope Show” and “Rock Is Dead,” while requisite covers of Depeche Mode’s “Personal Jesus” and Eurythmics’ “Sweet Dreams” brought the house down.
Still, for all the flash, the show lacked any of the edginess Manson exuded nearly 20 years ago when he was the most controversial figure in American rock music. American flags were hung upside down and the word “drugs” flashed across the stage backdrop, tired attempts to provoke that fell flat. Meanwhile, Manson, still wiry but now with a 40-something paunch – welcome to the club, Brian – looked painfully forced dressed as a pontiff early on, but then 45 minutes later looked right at home poking satirical fun at fascism during the lavish showstopper “Antichrist Superstar.”
It was a show that had adequate bells and whistles, but at barely over an hour, and with the pathetic “slut metal” display of opening act Butcher Babies as the only support, fans did not get much bang for their buck. When Manson abruptly stopped performing during the closing song, though – hours later Twitter reports from those closer to the stage say he vomited – two crew members carrying him away while another bolted to the drummer to tell him what was up, it suddenly became a show those in attendance wouldn’t forget.
Whether it was real, if his illness had been embellished a little to add some flair to the proceedings, or if it was all a big put-on – although there has been no official word at the time of writing, it sure looked real from this observer – one thing this otherwise tepid show accomplished was that it got people talking, something Manson’s music hasn’t exactly been able to do as of late.
Editor's note: Below is fan-shot video of the collapse. It happens around the 1:15 mark.
Bottom line, if you are a Christian and have God in your heart, or let's just say any love and forgiveness in your baron soul, hatred for this individual shouldn't be there. It's obvious after reading, there was only one individual to have met this guy. I've seen MM in concert twice. After seeing him rip up a Bible in his stage show, I vowed to never see him live again as it does go against my religious beliefs and the disrespect to do such (as with anyone burning the American flag as well) is beyond anything I can comprehend. Whether the intention is to shock, mortify, or just down right show their ignorance; is on them.
As a fellow Christian & metal head (and yes-I am both people. I love the Lord, but I gotta have my metal), I hope these entertainers grow up and realize that if you are truly talented, you don't have to have all the smoke and mirrors. Very few artists can pull off what they did YEARS ago (Kiss & Alice Cooper obviously can), but it's time to put down the lipstick and mascara and play music without the distractions. Leave the makeup for the new kids on the block (i.e. Black Veil Brides, and such).
But if a band out there is sacrificing animals on a daily basis, would it hurt to be a good neighbor and break bread with them? Let them know your concerns and how you feel about their spreading toxic messages to today's youth? This country has been spiraling downward for years and I have a feeling, it isn't Marilyn Manson's fault.
WE ARE EATHER GOOD OR EVIL RIDING THE FENCE IS THE BIG SPIT SO EVIL IS EVIL AND GOOD IS GOOD.
THE ONLY BAD THING FOR A GOOD MAN TO IS FOR WHEN EVIL IS DOING ITS EVIL AND A GOOD MAN DOES NOTING AT ALL.
WHAT YOU THINK OF ME DOESN'T MADE A BIT OF DIFFERENCE TO ME, THERE ARE TONS OF PPL WHO SWEAR THEY ARE FOLLOWING GOD AND YET HAVE NO IDEA WHAT GOD REALLY IS, DO THEY DEVOTE THERE LIFE'S TO HIM? WHERE IS THERE RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD STAND, HOW LONG HAVE THEY BEEN SAVED AS EVERYTHING COMES INTO ACTION WHEN YOUR TALKING ABOUT WHAT YOU THINK YOU KNOW BUT ITS WHEN YOU LEARN THE TRUTH THAT SETS YOU FREE, SOME ARE BORN FOR GREATER THINGS OTHERS ARE BORN FOR WRATH, SOUNDS BAD BUT ITS TRUE, WE ARE ALL CHOSEN BUT ITS THEM WHO ANSWER THE CALLING WHEN HE CALLS THAT ARE THE ONES WHO ARE WITH HIM, YOU SERVE THE WORLD OR GOD? IS YOUR WORK MORE IMPORTANT THEN HIM HE WANTS TO BE FIRST IN ALL AND ASKED ABOUT EVERYTHING, STILL IN THE END YOU KNOW ITS TRUE FOR ITS BY HIS GRACE WE CAN GO HIM AND IT ALONE, LOVE YOU I DO BUT EVIL I DO NOT, HE DOESN'T WANT TO CHANGE NOR WILL HE EVER, HE HAS CHOSEN HIS WAY AND I HAVE CHOSEN MINE. ...... WILL THAT BE SMOKING OR NON?
Just another Sick so called Artist who is Polluting the Minds of the Weak. Maybe it was not such a good Idea to get those Ribs removed. Now all he has to do is get punched there to get his lungs popped, the world will not be at much of a loss . I wonder if that didn't happen when he collapsed? We can only Hope. I'm sure some Bitch NICH boy will take over for him, Plenty of Idiots out there to do so. Sad tho ALL the Young kids that have been Polluted brains thanks to his kind.
He is weird, there is no other way around it! There are some deep deep un-resolved issues from his childhood. I wish he would take that make up off. Hes not bad looking with out it..
Well ;; A. Nith 86!! I BET about ALL you people that like this guy Don't Know This!!. Let me tell You a few things about this PERVERT.!!! He is a Sicky. !!!!!!!!
Did YOU KNOW ; He had 2 of HIS LOWER RIBS --REMOVED On BOTH sides of His body So that HE COULD SUCK HIMSELF.!! YA, THEN on one of His Concerts, as You call it . He PULLED IT OUT and Went Down on himself ON STAGE. Then A whole bunch of his Concerts, as you call it, Were all CANCELED for doing that.
No Promoter in the World wants to be involved with that. DUH!
So Go ahead SAY how IN-NOCENT HE is. Ya, I really want My Young Kids Watching that as teenagers ,or any age.!!!!.
That guy should be thrown OUT OF OUR COUNTRY> WHAT A SLEEZBALL. So if you still think HE is sooooo Admireable. You are A Sick !! I DONT CARE WHAT RELIGION YOU SAY YOUR WITH, THAT is just Perverted!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Or you have NO religion , Other than Worshiping Evil.!!
What I find interesting is the most hateful comments on here are the ones who are from religious people. I can't even believe the terrible things people are saying...Aren't you supposed to leave the judgments to your god? How could you say you hope he dies and suggest a mass suicide from his fans. These people are human beings just like you and you are no better then them. If you hate him so much, then don't listen to his music, don't watch him on T.V. and if you see an article about him, don't read it. It's really quite simple. Mind your own business and concentrate on making yourself a better person, not damning people you don't understand. All of the hate involved in religion is the reason I want nothing to do with it.
Here are a few quotes from our founding fathers pointing out that we are not and were never supposed to be a christian nation.
"Christianity is the most perverted system that ever shone on man" Thomas Jefferson
"Religion I found to be without any tendency to inspire, promote, or confirm morality, serves principally to divide us and make us unfriendly to one another." Benjamin Franklin
"The divinity of Jesus is made a convenient cover for absurdity. Nowhere in the Gospels do we find a precept for Creeds, Confessions, Oaths, Doctrines, and whole carloads of other foolish trumpery that we find in Christianity." John Adams
STRAT800, i don't think this is the kind of message you want to send people. God doesn't want anyone to go to hell, so if you are on his side, you should apologize for that kind of comment. this is why non believers look down on the "religious". i myself do not like that term, because i don't follow some mundain ritual that makes me believe i will get to heaven. i just believe that God loved the world so he gave us His son, whoever believes in Him, whoever believes that Jesus Christ is the son of GOD, shall not perish but have everlasting life. no need to hail to mary, no need to confess to a hierarchy that will grant you forgiveness, just ask Jesus yourself, that is why God gave him to us, so we can have a relationship with him ourselves, for our own salvation. and just like if a kid was talking trash about your dad on the playground, it hurts your feelings and you want to stand up for him, but careful what comes out of your mouth. JESUS FRIEND OF SINNERS, WE HAVE STRAYED SO FAR AWAY. WE CUT DOWN PEOPLE IN YOUR NAME, BUT THE SWORD WAS NEVER OURS TO SWING. speak kindness and love, the truth is in HIS WORD not ours. dont let the lost trip over you trying to get to HIM. do not hate the sinner, hate the sin.
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