It had been about three and a half years since I last saw Marilyn Manson in San Bernardino at the Mayhem Festival so I was pretty giddy to see them again. I convinced Bob to go with me to see them at City National Grove of Anaheim, which is adjacent to Angel Stadium.
After a sandwich from Subway and a quick toke it was in to see the opener Butcher Babies, which sounded interesting on paper because they have two singers and both are ex-Playmates. They were not the worst looking women I have ever seen and there is something hot about a woman that likes rock and roll but this just did not work for me. They kept doing this synchronized head twirl thing and it was just too much cheese.
Marilyn Manson was touring for the superb album Born Villain that was released about 10 months before this. I was floored from the start when they decided to open with my favorite track off the album “Hey, Cruel World.” Another highlight for me was “Coma White.” Marilyn seemed to put the most vocal effort into that song and the fake snow falling was a nice touch. This band is always reinventing the music and the live show so each time really is a different experience. There were all the typical costume changes that come with a Marilyn Manson show and overall this show was awesome but just not as intense as some of the other times I have seen them.
SETLIST: Hey, Cruel World, Disposable Teens, The Love Song, No Reflection, mOBSCENE, The Dope Show, Slo-Mo-Tion, Rock Is Dead, Personal Jesus, Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This), Coma White, King Kill 33, Antichrist Superstar, The Beautiful People, Irresponsible Hate Anthem