by Jeff Niesel
Given the way Marilyn Manson and Alice Cooper’s careers have declined, you could jokingly refer to their current co-headlining tour as Masters of Sadness rather than Masters of Madness. After all, Manson isn’t as menacing as he once was. And Cooper, well, he’s just old. But despite their limitations, Manson and Cooper still know how to entertain and they certainly lived up to their respective reputations last night at Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica.
Manson started the show off with a 70-minute set of heavy-hitting industrial rock. He made the most of a relatively short amount of time on stage and regularly changed outfits and used a variety of props, including a pulpit and a giant chair. He stood atop a set of stilts while covering the Eurythmics “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)” and put on a pair of Mickey Mouse ears for “This is the New Shit.” While his vocals were often lost in the sound mix, they became more audible by the set’s end when the band played the rousing “The Beautiful People” and showered the audience with confetti.
Cooper also squeezed a good number of songs into a short 70-minute set. He quickly delivered hits “No More Mr. Nice Guy” and “Billion Dollar Babies,” waving a sword around and tossing fake dollar bills into the crowd while playing the tune. For “Feed My Frankenstein,” he was strapped into a chair and electrocuted and he later arrived on stage in a white lab coat covered with blood. Throughout it all, his band delivered a gritty mix garage rock and metal. The show culminated with a terrific performance of the anthem “School’s Out” and Cooper returned with Manson to sing “I’m Eighteen” during the encore. Sure, the guy might be old and his new music might not be very relevant, but he can still put on a helluva live show. Check out our slideshow from the concert here.