Back in the day RTM quite liked Marilyn Manson. In fact, sometime around the turn of the century we saw him play the NEC Arena as it was then and he was thoroughly exciting.
This was at
the height of his most dangerous phase, and moreover at the height of his
creative peak. Say what you like about Manson, but for a spell back there he
was very, very good. Albums like” Holly Weird” and “Mechanical Animals” stand
up with anything that came out in that period, but let’s be honest, that was a
long time ago.
to 2012, and Manson is bloated, hasn’t released a decent album in a long time
(this year’s” Born Villain” is a partial return to form, but won’t win album of
the year any time soon) and worryingly, he appears to have totally lost both
his voice and memory. RTM will give him his due, he remembered some of the
words and sometimes in the right order, but it’s a fleeting moment where he
gets it right.
is the show itself. It’s all very dated. “The Dope Show” rocks along, but
sounds as much of its time as, say, Limp Bizkit’s “Rollin’” would. It might
just be us, but is it really shocking in 2012 to have a LED video screen
flashing up the word AIDS behind the band? Or is it just a bit silly?
hour – which includes a truly execrable version of “Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of
These) by the Eurythmics, which sounds even worse than it did on the record
years ago – you are left to conclude that, rather like all those bands that
made the horrible Cool Britannia movement in the late 90s, Marilyn Manson has
very little to offer anymore.
surely Rob Zombie will be better, though?
answer is yes, but it is a yes with a but. First of all opening song “Jesus Frankenstein
is lost in a terrible sound, and when you can actually hear what is being sung
Zombie’s voice sounds terrible. To be fair, he explains this himself, saying he
ruined his vocal chords the night before in Glasgow, but this merely tells half
Than Human” you see, still sounds fabulous. At this point you are left to
reflect that while White Zombie might have released a couple of good albums in
the mid-90s the rest of Mr.Zombie’s career hasn’t quite lived up to that. “Sick
Bubblegum” and “Never Gonna Stop (The Red Red Kroovy) are good enough songs,
but they pale into insignificance compared to band material like “Thunder Kiss
heard a lot about how good Zombie’s show was – and indeed having seen his
previous band years back –RTM was disappointed in it. Yes there were lights and
screens, but precious little else. Indeed there is nothing here that any arena
band worth their salt doesn’t do.
There is a cover of
“Schools Out” that makes you long for Alice Cooper to do it properly, before a
disappointing evening ends with Zombie’s best song in “Dragula”, but really,
the only thing scary about this show, considering that it was billed as “The
Twins Of Evil” is just how poor it was.