In the Company of the Antichrist Superstar: Marilyn Manson at the Encana Events Centre
By Jenelle Lizotte
The stage lights flicker and you can feel the anticipation from the black-clad crowd. The auditorium lights go dim. Ecclesiastical music fills in the gaps of eager chants of MAN-SON, MAN-SON, MAN-SON.
The lights dim, the mist thick, the crowd restless and ready.
A figure in a knee-length leather trench coat steps forward lets out a guttural, primal scream into the microphone. Centre stage, barely visible, Marilyn Manson—with an unwavering stage presence—commands the crowd to worship his shock rock magnificence as he digs into Deep Six, a single off the band’s newest release, The Pale Emperor.
As the smoke clears and the crowd catches its collective breath, Manson and co. tear into the thrash-y “Disposable Teens,” after which a deep growl roars from the stage, “Hello Dawson Creek.”
During the set, MM played a mix of singles off his new album as well as a variety of favourites, such as “Sweet Dreams,” “The Dope Show,” a cover of Depeche Mode’s “Personal Jesus,” and, of course, “The Beautiful People.”
After the hard and fast “Rock is Dead,” Manson points and instructs the crowd to “Bring him to me.” As the pit crowd surfs a fan to the front of the stage, Manson continues, “He is clearly possessed by demons.” The fan is baptized in a crude, but memorable, ceremony in front of hundreds of jealous people.
As the concert winds down and the crowd takes in the last gasp of the show—with eyeliner smeared, sweat dripping, throats hoarse from screaming every lyric—silver glitter, just smaller than dimes, rains down on the spent crowd. Everyone sings along to the heartbreak requiem of “Coma White.”
“You were from a perfect world/ A world that threw me away today/Today/To run away”
Everyone can relate to the lyrics, because, in a way, that’s why we’re all here. Manson makes us feel normal in a world that doesn’t click for us—a world where we feel like outsiders. And this evening we felt a little less alone in the company of the Antichrist Superstar.
See more photos of the show after the jump.