Manson Performance Pales

House of Blues, Feb. 14

Marilyn Manson

Photo by Carlos Larios

Catching shock-rocker Marilyn Manson at the end of his 17-date Hell Not Hallelujah tour in Las Vegas on Valentine’s night seemed like the makings of a tornado-grade blast. But Manson and his band were clearly sucking wind with a lazy stage show that did them no favors. Things started promising with a ferocious take on “Deep Six,” a single off the mostly well-reviewed new album The Pale Emperor. But then Manson’s nonsensical stage banter revealed his exhaustion, even if “Disposable Teens” rapped my middle-aged nerve endings with its pithy lyrics (I never hated the one true God/Just the god of the people I hated). From there things got goofy: Manson rolled on the floor, stabbed beer cans with his knife-handled microphone, and completed unimpressive and ultimately unnecessary costume changes (from black garb to … um, black garb). The set list lagged; “Sweet Dreams” should be retired. HOB is way too small for Manson, affording the sardined audience no chance to move. Prediction: He’ll be headlining The Gathering of the Juggalos in a few years. ★✩✩✩✩

Photos by Carlos Larios

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