Marilyn Manson - City National Grove Anaheim - February 20, 2013
For each song Manson was singing, he had a costume that was appropriate for the song. After launching into "The Love Song" from 2000's Holy Wood (In the Shadow of the Valley of Death) he came out in a red priest outfit. It is always nice to see him try to upstage himself. Aside from the two songs that had crap vocals, all the other songs sounded amazing and one could tell that he was putting more effort into actually singing. In fact Manson had played a large variety of songs, new, old, famous, and fan favorites.
I was very surprised to see him pull out a guitar and start playing for his new track "Slo-Mo-Tion." It broke up the performance in just the right spot. He went from him being crazy all over the stage to a reserved rockstar for the songs that had more feeling. When he had come out to perform "King Kill 33," he had a podium, much like many of the history pictures we see of great men giving a speech, he of course ripped up a bible in typical Manson fashion. It seemed more like a commentary on how we still pay attention to someone who has all of the mics on them and they can say whatever they want and we listen.
Probably the greatest surprise of the night was when he started to play fan favorite "Coma White." He came out on stage after a brief costume change, wearing all white with fake snow falling around him. The emotion behind his voice made it one of the highlights of the night.
Like everything there are ups and downs but overall, Manson gave a stellar performance. Apparently the people who are talking trash that he has sold out sucks now have no idea what they are talking about.
The Crowd: People in their early 20's to people in their early 40's. There was not the "freaks" that everyone thinks but mainly a lot of metal heads and some Goth folk. Oh can't forget about the ass hole protestors yelling at the lesbian couple saying they are going to hell.
Personal Bias: I have been trying to see Manson for ten years. It was a fan girl dream come true and I even managed to get a shirt because someone literally handed me the five dollars I needed for it.
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