Twins of Evil Tour: Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson at 1STBANK Center, 10/02/12

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Eric Gruneisen
Marilyn Manson last night at the 1STBANK Center. Slide show: Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson at 1STBANK Center


With the theme to Suspiria pumping out through the speakers as a preamble, Marilyn Manson took the stage with a huge, glowing, red, psychic cross hanging overhead -- a nice touch. The distorted, driving bass line of "Hey, Cruel World" let us know what song was coming up, and Manson was in high form, switching between a high pressure melodic delivery and modulated, strained beyond regular human dimensions caterwaul/growl. Once the song ended, Manson joked with the crowd that the running suit he was wearing was good for him in Colorado.

See also:
- Slide show: Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson at 1STBANK Center
- The thirty most hardcore fans from last night's Zombie/Manson show at 1STBANK
- Q&A with Marilyn Manson on post-Columbine death threats and more
- Q&A with Rob Zombie on Pee-wee's Playhouse and more

Eric Gruneisen
Marilyn Manson last night at the 1STBANK Center. Slide show: Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson at 1STBANK Center

Throughout the show, Manson maintained a great balance between sardonic jocularity and the intensity of the consummate showman he is. Almost every song, there was an inspired costume change or a slight change in the set with subtle use of effects and props on stage throughout the show and those brought on for specific songs. At one point, Manson had on an outfit like he was a bishop decked out in red, including the mitre.

After "No Reflection," Manson had a word with us. "Denver and surrounding cities. I'm sure you came to see one thing besides the tits, dick or vagina of the person next to you, which is perfectly respectable." Then he transitioned, with the rest of the band, into "mOBSCENE." On one angled lighting rig, the word "obscene" appeared in diagonal. On the other, "mobscene." And it fit right in with the deft wordplay of the song itself. The way Manson delivered the words it just seemed obvious that his playfulness is filled with a cleverness more people should possess but rarely do.

Eric Gruneisen
Marilyn Manson last night at the 1STBANK Center. Slide show: Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson at 1STBANK Center

In the middle of the set, Twiggy Ramirez let go with a tastefully complex guitar solo that segued into "Dopeshow." A lot of us have heard that song again, and again, and again. But it wasn't at all tired this night. When the word "DRUGS" appeared in lights to rise behind the band like a moonrise it really left no questions what the song was about, in case anyone was wondering or in denial.

One of the high points of the night was the performance of "Slo-Mo-Tion." Manson and company are better than ever on Born Villain. Musically, it's all Marilyn Manson dark humor, a sense of the absurd and swagger but with a Bowie-esque musicality that was first most first obvious with the release of Mechanical Animals but is now fully articulated with this material from the new album. With the lines of streaming light coming down the back wall to give the visual aspect of the song a sparkle, the song was presented differently from most of the rest of the songs in the set as well.

Location Info


1STBANK Center

11450 Broomfield Lane, Broomfield, CO

Category: Music

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Setlist correction - Zombie did not play Demonoid Phemonenon, which was a bummer as that's a favorite of mine. It might have been cut as he said they were running long, and skipped right to Thunderkiss '65.


Also, Manson said, "Columbine....not my fault.", not "Colorado...not my fault." OK, we get it, they liked your music, but we're over your 'shocking' gimmic. It was more theater than anything else, I much preferred RZ's set.


How long did the show go on for? I'm heading to the one in MI from Canada.


This concert was awesome except for the opening act DJ sucked ass.

BV15 1 Like

Excellent review of the evening. Can't wait until Manson stops by my city. His live shows have always been a highlight for me. It is great to see the genius within the songs come to life on stage. Fantastic photography too. I love how the photographer captured the intensity of Manson's set.

Nick1992 1 Like

"one of the most visually and sonically emotionally engaging shows you’re likely to see all year."


That is, unless you go to a Rammstein concert.

RustyShackleford 2 Like

 @nicktatoian Rammstein > Cartoonish Mass-Media Poseurs

Nick1992 1 Like

 @RustyShackleford Agreed. Rammstein not only puts on an absolutely incredible show visually, but they also perform nearly flawlessly; some would even say they have gotten better with age (which I would agree with). Both Zombie and Manson have lost some of the power they once had, especially with Manson. They both seem to be living in the past; they can't perform like they used to. Manson is waddling around the stage moaning incoherently half the time, and Zombie always sounds like he's out of breath and relies on his band and special effects to make up for it. I'm not saying they aren't worth seeing, I wouldn't pass up a chance to see them If the opportunity was there, but they just aren't what they used to be.

zipto44 1 Like

Way to stand up for your band, man.

Every arm chair rock star has an opinion and it don't mean squat.

Show me YOUR gold record, know what I mean?

By the way, I saw Iggy Pop In 88. Lost hearing in my left ear for three days.  But I was proud, PROUD MAN!

Nick1992 2 Like


First off, Rammstein is not all playback, second, who are you to say that the only reason I like Rammstein is because of their pyro? Rammstein has been my favorite band for the past 7 years, and I can assure you I haven't been listening to them everyday because I like fire hahaha. And your comments on Till is entirely your opinion, I can assure you their are millions of Rammstein fans who would disagree with you. I believe Till has an amazing stage presence; it fits the music's industrial militaristic sound and look. If he was to act like Manson or Zombie, it just wouldn't seem right. Also, "Rammstein loves Manson btw", that statement really has nothing to do with anything in what you are trying to argue. I know Rammstein likes Manson, Manson likes Rammstein as well, what exactly are you trying to say? Also, I never said anything against Manson's lyrics, he is a great writer and has some fantastic lyrics, Ka-Boom Ka-boom and Just a Car Crash Away are my favorites by him lyrically. I will also say that Rammstein has awesome, very deep lyrics as well. Personally I think Till is a better writer than Manson, but that's my opinion. 


And finally, your response to my comment was very immature and full of ignorance. Next time you comment on something think about what you wrote before you hit that "Post Comment" button.


BV15 1 Like

 @nicktatoian  @RustyShackleford Its very easy to sound great when most of your set is playback. Rammstein is mostly playback. And the only reason you like Rammstein is because they have some pyro at their shows. I don't know if you've noticed but Till isn't the most exciting guy to watch on stage. He is actually incredibly boring. And anyone that relies on pyro to merely entertain the incredibly stupid and docile audience is not impressive and I'm not impressed. It is the same as Zombie. Neither live up to the message and meaning of Manson's words and music. And Rammstein loves Manson btw. So emulate them and shut the fuck up

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