Monday, April 7, 1997
Special to The Pantagraph
Manson concert Sunday night at Illinois State University’s
Redbird Arena went way beyond the limits of normalcy as Manson,
a.k.a. Brian Warner, delivered his agenda of hate, anger and unresolved
nightmarish experiences of childhood.
his chest and screaming in a voice that came from deep within, Manson
performed for a crowd of more than 5,600 with a combination of industrial-techno-metal
music and stage theatrics.
reacted with loud enthusiasm every time Manson did or said something
that represented rebellion against Christianity or authority.
With a message
to the effect of “we will no longer be oppressed by Christianity,
police or Illinois’ normalcy,” Manson raised the crowd’s
adrenaline with a song titled “Irresponsible Hate Anthem.”
on stage at 9p.m. to a crowd drooling with anticipation. He wore
some kind of garter-belt/jock-strap contraption that looked like
something a closet transvestite would wear when no one else is looking.
of a stained-glass window of Jesus with his hands held out served
as a backdrop for a majority of Manson’s performance.
the audience for the first time about 20 minutes into his show.
“There’s a lot of people out there praying for you,”
he said in a voice that sounded different from the voice he was
singing with. “A lot of people didn’t want you to come,
I’m proud of you motherf------- for showing up.”
the band’s only spokesperson, Manson didn’t interact
with his band members once during the entire show. There was no
expression from guitarist Twiggy Ramirez, except one time he looked
at his watch. The keyboard player, Madonna Wayne Gacy, had expression
but never said a word. The other guitarist wore garter belts with
Army boots and played without exhaustion. The drummer was not seen
on stage but could be heard.
City opening act VY Loose performed for about 35 minutes with songs
from their album “Year Of The Rat.” The lead singer
was female with a great voice. The lyrics were consistent with Manson’s
of torn and burned Bibles in the arena entrance, security guards
checked each person as they came through the doors. No spikes or
chains were allowed.
Christian music such as “I’m In The Lord’s Army,”
“Swing Low, Sweet Chariot and “Be Careful Little Eyes
What You See: played for those arriving.
had the same morbid-magnet effect as a gruesome car wreck that everybody
guiltily peers at as they drive by. A curiosity of the abnormal
and obscene catches our attention and we can’t help but look
over and gape at the destruction.
illusion occurred as Manson had on very tall metal stilts with long
arm stilts wrapped around his wrists and he “crawled”
around the stage looking like a kidnapping creature as he sang the
lyrics to his song “Smells Like Children.”