Marilyn Manson’s gigs always raise eyebrows, but his latest did so for a very different reason.
The 49-year-old was performing at the Paramount in Huntington when he cut his gig short and dropped his mic on the floor, refusing to continue if he wasn’t shown affection.
He apparently displayed some bizarre behaviour asking the crowd to show affection and pressing them for their applause before he continued performing.
He managed to sing three of his hits, The Reflecting God, Deep Six and This is the New Shit, but after that things went south.
Fan videos show the rocker with his back to the crowd, chanting and mumbling away to himself intermittently between half sung and half spoken monologues.
According to the local newspaper Newsday, by the end of the concert the crowd was shouting ‘refund’ at the singer.
Even his band mates seemed confused as they played several songs but stopped them half way through, as if they didn’t know what Manson’s next move was.
Fans took to social media to express their concerns for the singer.
One said: ‘I wish I could say last nights show was amazing, but it was just awful. Manson came out with a bang but the whole thing deteriorated very quickly.
‘A couple songs in, he went into a conversation with the crowd about how much we loved him (or not). Asked for cheering and the usual rock star ego stuff.
‘That’s fine, and everyone did their best to scream as long as we could. But once it got to be 10 minutes of begging for adoration and no music, I think we all started to realise something was wrong.’
They continued: ‘It was distressing to see an artist you care about in such a bad state. Many people were yelling “F*ck you!”, chanting and booing, especially at the end. But I wasn’t angry. I was sad and bewildered. He seemed desperately in need of emotional and physical care.
‘It was the strangest, saddest and worst concert I’ve ever been to, and I’ve been to a lot.’
Manson and his band have had a difficult few months. He launched his tour in October last year but it was drawn to a halt when a stage prop fell on the singer breaking his leg in two places.
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Shortly after former guitarist Daisy Berkowitz died from complications of colon cancer and Manson’s longtime bassist Twiggy Ramirez was forced to leave the group after allegations of sexual assault.
He also sparked controversy when he aimed a fake rifle at his audience in San Bernardino, California.
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