Who's Afraid of Marilyn Manson?

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Jiro Schneider
Does Marliyn Manson's new record pale in comparison to the ones that made him infamous?

As Marilyn Manson approaches 50 years old, the world no longer is afraid of him. It's just not sure what to do with him, either. At times, it seems Manson doesn't know what to do with himself, but one thing he loves to do keep himself entertained. As we speak, I remind him that in an earlier conversation with me, he referred to Phoenix as the methamphetamine capital of the United States, to which he tells me, "That would make you a meth-matician."

It's been more than 15 years since Manson was shocking the world, scaring parents, and taking heat for the Columbine High School massacre. He was the perfect replacement as poster boy for the goth community after his mentor, Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails, disappeared from the limelight as the pressure of writing the follow-up to 1994's The Downward Spiral became too much. It was Reznor who discovered Manson in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and took him under his wing, signing the band to his Interscope imprint, Nothing Records. Reznor remixed and revamped the band's debut record, Portrait of an American Family, before producing Manson's masterpiece, Antichrist Superstar.

With Reznor in a drug-induced state of seclusion, Manson embraced the role of antihero. The relationship between the two dissolved, but Reznor already had transformed Brian Warner from a lanky journalist into one of the most feared figures in the history of rock 'n' roll.

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Fetish Revolution feat. The Genitorturers - Marquee Theatre - 2/15/14

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The Genitorturers perform at Marquee Theatre during Fetish Revolution last night.

Fetish Revolution feat. The Genitorturers
Marquee Theatre
2/15/14

Last night, society's outcasts, kink-cravers, pleather-wearing thrillseekers, and those looking to enjoy some pleasures of the flesh dressed in their finest and freakiest fetishistic wear made their way to the Marquee Theatre in Tempe for the 10th annual Fetish Revolution.

This is a place where social status, day jobs, or other such concerns didn't particularly matter -- unless, of course, you are known for being the fastest flogger in the West. Decadence, desire and flesh were in abundance, clad in masquerade masks, latex, leather and studs. People came to let their freak flags fly and to let their innermost desires out to play, or maybe to get a taste of something wicked.

And they also came to see the hellacious antics of notorious industrial metal band The Genitorturers perform.

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The Genitorturers: "Before Cell Phones, Our Shows Were Much More Extreme"

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The Genitorturers are scheduled to perform on Saturday, February 15, at Marquee Theatre in Tempe.
For bands that take the stage at any of the Fetish Revolution events, the term "tough crowd" can take on an entirely new meaning. The annual party is equal parts sexual dream (or nightmare, depending on who you ask), bondage carnival, alternative lifestyle symposium, and lingerie fashion show.

It's one thing to perform for a crowd of people when they are staring back at you from behind zippered bondage masks and masquerade makeup, but it's quite another to compete with the other entertainment of the evening -- flogging shows, live suspensions, and sexy vendor demonstrations.

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Goth/Industrial Night City of Madness to Launch at Club 24

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For the pasty-faced, pleather-clad members of the Valley's goth and industrial scene, 2013 already has been a year of tumult and turmoil.

First, longtime venue Sanctum, which hosted freaky-deaky fetishistic adventures during numerous nights like TekNOIR and Black Mass for years, decided to kill off its dance events in late January. Its proprietors pulled a 180, however, and began hosting dance nights again before ultimately pulling the plug for good a couple of weeks later.

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-Monsterland Closing Its Doors on January 19 While Sanctum Will Remain Open

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