For over 20 years, Marilyn Manson has been one of the most unpredictable performers in music. Whether you get an electrifying concert or an unmitigated disaster is a flip of the coin, but no matter what happens, you’re unlikely to forget witnessing the Antichrist Superstar live.
Manson has been dangerous from the very beginning. After Manson exploded with his second full-length album 1996’s Antichrist Superstar, he began playing huge shows around the world. At the 1997 Bizarre Festival, Manson went a bit nuts on his drummer, throwing drinks and gear behind the kit. Around this same era, Manson almost demolished Twiggy Ramirez with a mic stand, knocking over some PA speakers instead.
Some of these moments are fiercely entertaining, while others (like Manson’s 2012 Soundwave run) left fans feeling disappointed. During Soundwave, Manson was in rare form, slurring his words while singing and talking with the crowd. Manson always aims to be an agent of chaos, but sometimes his unhinged nature ends up taking away from the fans enjoying his music.
Manson hasn’t been above assaulting his own bandmates onstage. It’s been both hilarious and confusing each time, like when he gave John 5 a kick while performing “The Beautiful People” at a festival. Another instance shows a wild Manson knocking over his bassist before punching out one of his own stage lights.
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