by Yasmine Shemesh
Sunday, August 4
The usually-seated floor setup at Rogers Arena was left wide open for moshing and crowd surfing, which, as anticipated, raged on for the length of Marilyn Manson and Rob Zombie’s co-headlining Twins of Evil show.
Manson had a chilled swagger as he mostly performed fan-favourites like “Sweet Dreams,” “The Dope Show” and “The Nobodies” — the latter he introduced as being important to him, while holding a bouquet of giant balloons among strategically-timed strobe lights. For “Say10,” a track from his latest effort, Heaven Upside Down (2017), he was cloaked in red, holding a microphone that looked like a dagger, draped dramatically over a railing.
Theatrics have always been a cornerstone of Manson shows and now provides more artful substance than shock factor. A highlight was “The Beautiful People” that saw Manson, wearing a conductor’s hat, playfully drum on his guitarists’ strings before sharing the vocals with the crowd, falling forward and backwards into their reaching hands.
Where Manson was all theatrical macabre, Zombie was cinematic flash and excess, with a visually spectacular stage set that was framed by giant screens. We wouldn’t expect anything less from the horror filmmaker.
Wearing tasseled bell-bottoms, Zombie danced and leaped from one platform to another as hot flames (“Superbeast”) and vintage horror clips (“Living Dead Girl”) flashed around him. The crowd was wild and, as Zombie promised, fueled him up just as he did them.
A delightful cover of The Ramones’ “Blitzkrieg Bop” had the room swirling, as did White Zombie’s “More Human Than Human,” and a glittery extended solo from guitarist John 5, which Zombie used as an opportunity to run through the stadium stands. Manson didn’t join Zombie for their highly-anticipated “Helter Skelter” duet, but Zombie did his best to squash any feelings of disappointment by delivering an electric rendition on his own and a special sneak preview of his upcoming film, Three From Hell.Marilyn Manson, Rob Zombie