Marilyn Manson has been in the news a lot lately, and not for good reasons. He had to cancel a series of concerts after nearly being crushed by a stage prop in early October 2017; later that same month, he fired long-time collaborator and bass player Twiggy Ramirez (real name Jeordie White) after sexual assault allegations came to light.
This weekend, Manson seemed to have a complete meltdown during a concert at The Paramount in Huntington, NY. After 3 songs, Manson descended into a rambling tirade, demanding the crowd show him love if they wanted more music. After several misfires, Manson played guitar along with his band before disappearing after less than an hour on stage.
The sudden end to the unsatisfying show left his band confused and the crowd incensed. The event was captured by several YouTubers who shared Manson’s meltdown.
The point of this article isn’t to shame Manson, who’s stage antics are legendary. But this doesn’t look like rock ‘n roll shenanigans. It honestly looks like the musician is coming unhinged. His affinity for drugs and alcohol has long been excused as a necessary evil, but I’m worried Manson is in trouble—and I’m just an outside observer.
“You can’t even call this a show,” says Sean Walz, 28, of West Babylon as he left the venue. “I’ve been a fan since I was 5 years old. I grew up listening to him, but he’s dead to me at this point.”
A spokesman for the Paramount declined comment. Manson’s representative had not responded to Newsday’s request for comment as of Friday afternoon.
Here’s hoping Manson gets the help he’s obviously crying out for—and that fans get a refund!