By: Taylor Morgan
An overpacked crowd in black filled The Observatory as fans stood on tip toes to see goth-metal singer, Marilyn Manson. The self-proclaimed Satanist had his management team spread the word, just before 7:00 p.m., that he was not interested in being photographed by press. After all, a photo of this theatrical man would never quite do his show justice.
Devil horns were thrown in the air as Manson yelled in his deep and somewhat haunting voice "Welcome to the revolution Santa Ana." A white tapestry fell and he sang, "The day that love opened our eyes/We watched the world end" from his epic song "mOBSCENE." Next up was "Disposable Teens" and couples kissed sloppily against barely available wall space. Manson pointed his mic towards the crowd, pushing his white electric guitar to the side and the fans screamed, "You say you want a revolution, man/and I say that you're full of shit/we're disposable teens".
The song ended and Manson took a moment for a heart felt shout out to his father in the audience, "I want to thank the man that came inside my mother and made me." Girls screamed at the tops of their lungs, jumping up and down and remarking to one another that Manson was "SO sexy."
View slideshow: Marilyn Manson @ the Grove of Anaheim
Tongues licked black lips as "No Reflection" began and Manson tipped his black-brimmed hat to the side, framing his white geisha-like face makeup. He began to sing one of his most revered songs, a cover of the Eurythmics' "Sweet Dreams" while tilting the microphone, which had a plastic knife on the opposite side towards the audience. Pumping the knife towards the ceiling, fists joined in the motion and bodies jolted forwards singing, "Some of them want to abuse you/Some of them want to be abused."
Lights dimmed and Manson, dressed in a button-down black shirt and black pants was barely visible. Suddenly lights flashed back on the stage and he shrugged his long sleeve shirt up towards his elbow, exposing his tattoos and leather biker gloves as he sang "The Dope Show."
Just to the left of the stage, doors opened to a girl smoking a cigarette in a black tutu flirting with two police officers. Manson walked towards his drummer, also in full face makeup, sipped his drink and spit it at the crowd. "Y'all want to hear a new song?" and he began to play "Third Day of a Seven-Day Binge," the first song from his upcoming record slated for release in 2015 (available for free download on his website).
A girl attempted to dive towards the stage as Manson crawled around on the ground. A girl screamed "Hail Satan!" making for a perfect transition to one of Manson's most famous songs "Personal Jesus."
Next up was "This Is The New Shit" and hands reached high towards the stage as he chanted in a low active "Babble babble bitch bitch/Revel revel party party/sex sex sex and don't forget the violence." At the end of the song he said "i love you so much," dropped the microphone center-stage and exited.
The crowd chanted "We hate love, we love hate" — a '90s slogan he was known for feeding to the crowd before he played "Irresponsible Hate Anthem" off his 1996 album Antichrist Superstar. He finished with an encore of the forever-loved hit, "The Beautiful People," screamed goodnight and the crowd dispersed.
Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of These)
The Dope Show
Third Day of a Seven Day Binge
This Is The New Shit
The Beautiful People