Portrait of an American Family (tour)

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Portrait of an American Family
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Tour by Marilyn Manson
Supporting album Portrait of an American Family
Start date December 27, 1994
End date March 11, 1995
Legs 1
Shows 43
Marilyn Manson tour chronology
Further Down the Spiral
Portrait of an American Family
Support for Danzig's Danzig 4p Tour

Portrait of an American Family was Marilyn Manson's first headlining tour. These shows, taking place between December 27, 1994 and March 11, 1995, were played in support of the band's major label debut, Portrait of an American Family, which was released five months prior to. Before the Portrait of an American Family tour, Marilyn Manson had been promoting their album in opening slots of Nine Inch Nails' Self Destruct and Further Down the Spiral tours. While in the past there had infrequently been shows where other bands were billed to open for Marilyn Manson, Portrait of an American Family bumped the band to a permanent headlining spot. Jack Off Jill opened the first spots until the fourth show, when the band went out of state, after which Monster Voodoo Machine, along with a few venue local bands opened for them.

After the first night of the tour, front man Marilyn Manson was arrested and taken into custody for violating the Adult Entertainment Code by allegedly[1] donning a strap-on dildo on-stage. In spite of this, Manson was freed and the band appeared in Orlando the following night as scheduled.



The following list contains the most commonly played songs in the order they were most generally performed.

  1. "Revelation 9"
  2. "Prelude (The Family Trip)"
  3. "Organ Grinder"
  4. "Cyclops"
  5. "Get Your Gunn"
  6. "Dope Hat"
  7. "Wrapped in Plastic"
  8. "White Knuckles"
  9. "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)"
  10. "Snake Eyes and Sissies"
  11. "Dogma"
  12. "Down in the Park"
  13. "My Monkey"
  14. "Lunchbox"
  15. "Cake and Sodomy"
  16. "Misery Machine"
  17. "Rock 'n' Roll Nigger"
  18. "Helter Skelter"

Opening songs[edit]

Stage antics[edit]

The stage was usually arranged with living room décor, not unlike that on the Portrait of an American Family album cover. A table with a lamp was the most commonly seen piece at the shows.

The first and last shows included the most memorable incidents of the tour. On December 27, 1995, Manson was misidentified as "jacking off a strap-on dildo" and "urinating on the crowd,"[1] resulting in his arrest just one night into the tour.

When concluding the tour at the a South Carolina show on March 11, 1995, Manson slipped on a beer bottle, smashing it.[2] Angry, he picked up a piece of the bottle and cut his chest "from one side to the other," his first act of notoriously cutting himself on-stage. Closing the performance, the band also allegedly ignited drummer Sara Lee Lucas' kit in an attempt to ignite only his bass drum. Claims that Lucas himself was lit aflame have been made by Manson[2] but are disputed by Lucas.[3] It was Sara Lee Lucas' last performance with the band.

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Location Venue
1994/12/27 Jacksonville Florida Flag-us.png Club 5
1994/12/28 Orlando Florida Flag-us.png The Edge
1994/12/29 Tampa Florida Flag-us.png Jannus Landing
1994/12/31 Fort Lauderdale Florida Flag-us.png The Edge
1995/01/11 Houston Texas Flag-us.png Abyss
1995/01/13 Dallas Texas Flag-us.png Trees
1995/01/14 Austin Texas Flag-us.png Backroom
1995/01/15 San Antonio Texas Flag-us.png Player's Club
1995/01/17 El Paso Texas Flag-us.png
1995/01/18 Mesa Arizona Flag-us.png Nile Theater
1995/01/19 Los Angeles California Flag-us.png Whiskey
1995/01/21 San Francisco California Flag-us.png Bottom of the Hill
1995/01/22 Palo Alto California Flag-us.png The Edge
1995/01/24 Slidell Louisiana Flag-us.png The Snake Pit
1995/01/25 Vancouver British Columbia Flag-ca.png Pacific Coliseum (Town Pump(Unconfirmed))
1995/01/27 Salt Lake City Utah Flag-us.png Club DV8
1995/01/30 St. Louis Missouri Flag-us.png Mississippi Nights
1995/02/01 Minneapolis Minnesota Flag-us.png First Avenue
1995/02/02 Milwaukee Wisconsin Flag-us.png Shank Hill
1995/02/03 Chicago Illinois Flag-us.png Metro
1995/02/04 Detroit Michigan Flag-us.png St. Andrews Hall
1995/02/05 Lakewood Ohio Flag-us.png Phantasy Theatre
1995/02/07 Toronto Ontario Flag-ca.png Opera House
1995/02/09 Boston Massachusetts Flag-us.png Middle East Café
1995/02/10 North Hampton Massachusetts Flag-us.png Pearl Street Nightclub
1995/02/11 Providence Rhode Island Flag-us.png Club Babyhead
1995/02/12 New York City New York Flag-us.png Limelight
1995/02/14 Washington D.C. USA Flag-us.png 9:30
1995/02/16 Carrboro North Carolina Flag-us.png Rescheduled [4]
1995/02/17 New Orleans Louisiana Flag-us.png Muddy Waters
1995/02/18 Columbia South Carolina Flag-us.png Rescheduled [4]
1995/02/21 Atlanta Georgia Flag-us.png Point
1995/02/22 Athens Georgia Flag-us.png Georgia State Theatre
1995/02/24 Syracuse New York Flag-us.png Goldstein Auditorium
1995/02/25 Philadelphia Pennsylvania Flag-us.png Theater for Living Arts
1995/02/27 Middletown New York Flag-us.png Sportland Café
1995/02/28 Lancaster Pennsylvania Flag-us.png Chameleon Club
1995/03/01 Oldbridge New Jersey Flag-us.png Birch Hill Night Club
1995/03/02 Lido Beach New York Flag-us.png Malibu Night Club
1995/03/04 Buffalo New York Flag-us.png Network
1995/03/06 Albany New York Flag-us.png QE2
1995/03/07 Lancaster Pennsylvania Flag-us.png Chameleon Club
1995/03/08 Cincinnati Ohio Flag-us.png Bogarts
1995/03/09 Winston-Salem North Carolina Flag-us.png Ziggy's Tavern
1995/03/10 Carrboro North Carolina Flag-us.png Cat's Cradle
1995/03/11 Columbia South Carolina Flag-us.png Alcatrazz


  1. 1.0 1.1 Manson, Marilyn; Strauss, Neil (1998-02-14). The Long Hard Road Out of Hell. ReganBooks. p. 161. ISBN 0-06-098746-4. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 Manson, Marilyn; Strauss, Neil (1998-02-14). The Long Hard Road Out of Hell. ReganBooks. p. 171. ISBN 0-06-098746-4. 
  3. Sara Lee Lucas told MansonWiki in November 2010, "I was never lit on fire, and my kit was never intentionally ignited. My decision to leave the band was made long before that last show but I didn't want to leave in the middle of tour."
  4. 4.0 4.1 The performances in Carrboro and Columbia on February 16 and February 18, 1994 were rescheduled to the last two dates of the tour for reasons unknown.