Former Goths unite! Pull out your old bondage pants and black liquid eyeliner — Marilyn Manson is in town. If you can’t squeeze your beer gut into your old threads, remember there’s a Hot Topic at Kenwood and Tri-County malls. But, please, whatever you do, don’t let your children see you dressed like a terrifying vampire clown, OK?
All teasing aside, despite more than 10 years passing since the height of Manson’s career, his music has continued to be exceptionally good. His latest album (and eighth overall), Born Villain, is full of the same scream-laden, pain-filled AltMetal he’s always done and yet it continues to sound fresh. Born Villain marks the first release from Manson’s own label (called Hell etc., of course) and it’s safe to call it an international success, with the LP entering the U.S. album charts at No. 10 and performing even better in many other countries.
Visually, Manson’s Cincinnati stop this week should be pretty awesome. Some people claim that Lady Gaga rips off Madonna. But really, she’s clearly just a wannabe Manson. Lady G would be nothing without taking cues from Manson’s onstage dramatics. C’mon — Gaga’s weird egg/alien larva thing? What about Manson’s breast implants and androgynous lower-half in the “Dope Show” music video? Pretty alien-esque. That’s all I’m saying. (Well, that and Manson should sue her.)
If this is the first you’re hearing about the show and you want to go, you’re SOL (unless you feel like dealing with scalpers and ticket resellers). There are still enough Manson fans in Cincinnati to sell out Bogart’s well in advance of the show.