Review: Marilyn Manson, Civic Hall, Wolverhampton

He may be well on his way to 50, but shock rock icon Marilyn Manson still has more than a few tricks up his sleeve - and knows how to put on a show.

Review: Marilyn Manson, Civic Hall, Wolverhampton

Marilyn Manson at Wolves Civic

With a packed-out Civic Hall eagerly awaiting the star's arrival, Manson was introduced with a tongue-in-cheek recording of 1959 country gospel number Satan is Real by the Louvin Brothers - before a spectacular lights and smoke show queued his arrival.

Stepping out on stage in his trademark make-up and dressed all in black, the 46-year-old star instantly had the crowd captivated - with fans aged 16 to 60 screaming his name, as he and the band blasted out renditions of Disposable Teens and Mobscene.

His performance had all the usual eeriness about it - with the star singing on mics either attached to blades or knuckle dusters and Manson taking to stilts as he serenaded fans. Manson resurrected his antichrist persona too, with the star stood behind a huge black altar 'reading' from a burning bible.

The first part of the show was marred by sound problems, however, with the guitar and vocals often getting lost in the mix and feedback issues from the speakers - not that many of the crowd would have noticed as they faithfully belted out each and every line.

The problem was quickly sorted though - and saw the act give excellent perfomances of their cover of Eurythmics' Sweet Dreams and 1993 hit Tourniquet.

Manson to this day remains as odd as he ever was too - spouting stories of 'bug houses', 'the drug called alcohol' and ice water in hell, which truly made little sense to the crowd.

He made a concerted effort to connect with fans, however, as he coaxed them into cheering louder after claiming London crowds had 'deafened' him, and threw out his hat, sunglasses, tambourine and rags to the audience.

"Hello Wolves, you werewolves," he said.

"I love you."

And my, how they loved him.

Renditions of favourites The Dope Show and The Beautiful People rounded-up the hour-long set, before the star walked off stage ending the show. A short-but-sweet performance - but one many fans would have been grateful to have witnessed.

A special mention must also go to the Civic Hall, whose staff made a concerted effort to search all entering - even with the aid of airport-style scanners which, following the recent tragic events in Paris, made everyone feel that little bit safer.

By Kirsten Rawlins
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