Alice Cooper and Marilyn Manson - Masters of Madness Tour, Tucson - 6/7/13
Alice Cooper and Marilyn Manson blew the Amphitheater roof off last night as they paid a visit to Tucson for the shock rock extravaganza dubbed The Masters of Madness Tour. Fans of all ages packed the house for the freak fest to see the two most prominent figures in the genre. The show also served as an educational piece for fans of Manson, who may not be familiar with Cooper and how influential he's been on their Anti-Christ Superstar over the years.
The night began with an impressive opening set by the female-fronted Picture Me Broken, featuring Brooklyn Allman--who also happens to be the daughter of The Allman Brother's Greg. The girl showed off some serious vocal chops when the band closed their short set with a cover of Heart's "Crazy On You."
A huge black curtain covered the front of the stage before Manson came on as the beautiful "The Flower Duet (Lakmé)" intro played through the speakers--it would also be the last mellow piece of music the crowds would hear all night.
As the curtain dropped Manson kicked off his 70-minute set with the monstrous "Angel With the Scabbed Wings" from 1996's Antichrist Superstar, which might be the most underrated song in his entire catalog. The 100-plus-degree weather didn't keep him from sporting a leather jacket and the same terrible skeleton mask that he wears during the first song. "Disposable Teens" followed and had fans jumping out of their seats. "Who's undercarriage is sweaty?" Manson asked before "Rock is Dead." While Manson may not be the ghouly goblin scaring parents and churchgoers these days, he may scare fans with his sweet dance moves, including him hopping around on one foot.
The melancholy "Coma White" slowed things down and saw Manson wearing a long trenchcoat and hat in the Tucson heat. Sonically the band sounded on point, but other than Manson himself the rest of the band had very little stage presence. It still feels like Twiggy is out of place playing guitar, and that he's too focused compared to his days stomping around the stage playing bass.
As Manson sang "Just Bleeding Like a Polaroid" it sounded like his voice was what was bleeding. A giant mirror was brought out before the Depeche Mode cover "Personal Jesus," and assistants brought out balloons that Manson tied around his head. He screamed "hallelujah" over and over again at the end of the song before slapping hands with fans in the front. For "mOBSCENE" he stood, laid on, and straddled a huge chair as he screamed "Be obscene."
He pulled out stilts and creeped around the stage for his best cover, "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)," which sounds just as eerie today and is still light years better than the original version by The Eurythmics. The highlight of the set was the anthemic "This Is the New Shit," which should never be let off the setlist. While it's no longer shocking, it is still nice to see Manson on top of the Antichrist Superstar podium during "Irresponsible Hate Anthem," and the song has aged like a fine wine. The band concluded with "The Beautiful People" just after 9:00, which actually might be the most shocking part of Manson's entire show.
Alice Cooper came out swinging right out of the gate with "Hello Hooray" and showed that even at 65 he is still a force to be reckoned with.