MARILYN MANSON; House of Blues; Las Vegas, NV; 10/27/04

Reviewed by Richard Fenkel  

    The King of All Goth kicked off his "Against All Gods Tour" on this date at the Las Vegas House of Blues. Sin City fans waited anxiously outside the HOB for the doors to open for this sold out show. Some die hard Goth fans waited for hours, as casino guests looked on and stared.

    But these hardcore fans were waiting for a special sold out show: the opening night of the latest Marilyn Manson tour. This tour is supporting Manson' s most recent release, "Lest We Forget," a greatest hits collection. In addition to Manson's best-known songs, the new CD includes covers of Depeche Mode's "Personal Jesus, " the Eurythmics' "Sweet Dreams" and Soft Cell's "Tainted Love." 

    Of course, Manson and company have a strong catalog of originals that were well received by his loyal, black-lipsticked followers. Songs such as "Beautiful People," "Disposable Teens," and "Dope Show" were among them. 

    This sold out show brought hardcore Goth Fans and some old school MM lookalikes as well. Taking in all that crazy fashion, Manson took the stage with the top half of his face covered with black makeup and sporting some Goth wings.

    With his Goth Sheik look firmly in place, MM opened the show with "The Love Song" which set the tone for this high energy and always interesting show. MM is very charismatic and knows fans love watching his mesmerizing onstage movements.

    Speaking of fans, they screamed and shouted along with Manson throughout the show. The entire floor was a like a scene from Saturday Night Live's "Goth Talk." Fans sang along and were riveted by Manson's new lineup, which includes guitarist Mark Chaussee, keyboardist Pogo, bassist Tim Skold, and former Nine Inch Nails drummer, Chris Vrenna. The band exhibited great chemistry on stage. This current lineup was well received by all.

    Besides the musical talent, MM fans also enjoy the theatrics of a MM show, The smoke, the clothes and the makeup, plus the famous MM attitude and stylized performance. MM did his famous routine when he pokes fun at dictators by performing behind a makeshift pulpit. 

    MM creates a wild show with lots of high energy songs. Check out Marilyn Manson on tour and pick up your copy of "Lest We Forget" soon.

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