Rock Is Dead (tour)
|Rock Is Dead Tour|
|Tour by Marilyn Manson|
|Supporting album||Mechanical Animals|
|Start date||March 21, 1999|
|End date||August 8, 1999|
|Shows|| 46 |
(43 completed, 3 cancelled)
|Marilyn Manson tour chronology|
| Support for Hole's Beautiful Monsters Tour
| Rock Is Dead
| Guns, God and Government|
Rock Is Dead was the seventh tour Marilyn Manson embarked on, under management of major record label Interscope Records. It was also the band's third tour to span over multiple legs, despite only spanning one leg more than that of the previous tour. The band was on the tour from February 28, 1999 until August 8, 1999.
The tour was notably marred by several incidents that caused several media outlets to remark that it was ill-fated.
- Marilyn Manson – vocals
- John 5 – guitar, acoustic guitar
- Twiggy Ramirez – bass
- Madonna Wayne Gacy – keyboards, percussions, programming
- Ginger Fish – drums
- An unknown female singer – backing vocals tour guest
The following list contains the most commonly played songs in the order they were most generally performed:
- "Inauguration of the Mechanical Christ"
- "The Reflecting God"
- "Astonishing Panorama of the Endtimes"
- "Great Big White World"
- "Cake and Sodomy"
- "Get Your Gunn"
- "Mechanical Animals"
- "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)" (with "Hell Outro")
- "I Want to Disappear"
- "The Speed of Pain"
- "The Speed of Pain"
- "Rock Is Dead"
- "The Dope Show"
- "User Friendly"
- "I Don't Like the Drugs (But the Drugs Like Me)"
- "Rock 'n' Roll Nigger"
- "Antichrist Superstar"
- "The Beautiful People"
- "My Monkey"
- "Irresponsible Hate Anthem"
- "Spine of God" (feat. Dave Wyndorf)
- "Get My Rocks Off"
The Rock Is Dead Tour was the result of a fallout between Marilyn Manson and Hole during the Beautiful Monsters Tour. The tour started initially with Manson as co-headliners with Hole, but following Hole's departure from the tour, was renamed Rock Is Dead. Monster Magnet, who were already opening for both bands, would assume Hole's place on the tour's playbill.
Performance and show themes
For the opening of the set list, Manson was lifted on a crucifix made out of television sets, he slowly descended using the same outfit seen in the "Rock Is Dead" video. For "I Don't Like the Drugs (But the Drugs Like Me)", huge lights arranged to spell D-R-U-G-S were placed behind the band. This is the first tour that featured heavy use of fireworks, as well as the first incorporation of a backup singer. Most self-mutilation appears to have stopped during this tour, but as seen on the God Is in the T.V. video, Manson still places himself under a lot of self inflicted pain.
The first two performances were canceled after Manson sprained his ankle during the final Beautiful Monsters show in Los Angeles and rescheduled for later dates.
The final blow would come in April 1999 after the wake of the Columbine High School massacre. After being linked by reporters and pundits, many came to believe that Manson's music and imagery were, indeed, the killers' sole motivation, despite later reports that the two were not fans. In the immediate aftermath, the band was prompted to cancel the five remaining dates of the tour out of respect for the victims, explaining, "It's not a great atmosphere to be out playing rock 'n' roll shows, for us or the fans." However, Manson steadfastly maintained that music, movies, books or video games are not to blame, stating,
|“||The media has unfairly scapegoated the music industry and so-called Goth kids and has speculated, with no basis in truth, that artists like myself are in some way to blame. This tragedy was a product of ignorance, hatred and an access to guns. I hope the media's irresponsible finger-pointing doesn't create more discrimination against kids who look different.||”|
A day after the shooting, State Senator Dale Shugars (R-Mich.) attended the band's concert, along with policy advisers, a local police officer and the state senate's sergeant-at-arms, at the Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Michigan to conduct research for a proposed bill he had been authoring which would require parental warnings on concert tickets and promotional material for any performer that had released a record bearing the Parental Advisory sticker in the last five years. According to Shugars, the show began with the singer wearing "satanic wings" as he leapt from a cross that was eventually set on fire. He then described seeing fans, whom he described as normal kids, "under [Manson's] control" as he performed a sequence that "glorified the killing of a police officer." Finally, he reported the singer recounting a dream sequence in which cops perform sex acts on him before Jesus Christ descended out of a sky made of LSD and told him the real name of God is "Drugs." After which, the band launched into "I Don't Like the Drugs (But the Drugs Like Me)". Shugars expressed concern that these shows had adverse effects on concert-goers, "I think there's something going on that you can't see from the outside." He concluded that "[t]his whole thing is part of a drug-cultural type of thing, with a subculture of violence and killing and hatred, and anti-family values, anti-traditional values, anti-authority" and added that "We're having an alarming rate of killings in schools, and youth violence and an increase in drugs. I would say that though they're not all to be blamed on a shock entertainer like Marilyn Manson, I think he promotes it and can be part of the blame."
On April 25, 1999, conservative pundit William Bennett and longtime Manson archnemesis U.S. Senator Joseph Lieberman (D-Conn.) pointed the group as a contributing factor to the massacre during their appearance on Meet the Press. Three days later, the city of Fresno, California unanimously passed a resolution condemning "Marilyn Manson or any other negative entertainer who encourages anger and hate upon the community as an offensive threat to the children of this community." Councilman Henry Perea, the resolution's author, said, "If people were on the street and engaged in some of the same behaviors that [Manson] demonstrates onstage, they'd probably be arrested." In Portsmouth, New Hampshire, students were barred from wearing Marilyn Manson T-shirts The next day, ten U.S. Senators, spearheaded by U.S. Senator Sam Brownback (R-Kan.), signed and sent a letter to Edgar Bronfman Jr., president of Interscope Records-owner Seagrams, requesting the voluntary cesation of his company's distribution of "music that glorifies violence" to children. The signatories comprised of eight Republicans and two Democrats, namely, U.S. Senator Wayne Allard (R-Colo.), U.S. Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell (R-Colo.), U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine), U.S. Senator Tim Hutchinson (R-Ark.), U.S. Senator Rick Santorum (R-Pa.), U.S. Senator Kent Conrad (D-N.D.), U.S. Senator Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.), U.S. Senator John Ashcroft (R-Mo.) and U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.). The letter particularly pointed out the band, among others, for producing songs that "glorify death and human destruction" which "eerily reflect" the actions of Harris and Klebold.
A few days later, on May 4, 1999, a hearing on the marketing and distribution practices of violent content to minors by the television, music, film and video game industries was conducted before the United States Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. It was chaired by U.S. Senator Sam Brownback (R-Kan.) and comprised of eleven Republicans and nine Democrats, including U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah.) and U.S. Senator Joseph Lieberman (D-Conn.) as well as cultural observers, professors and mental-health professionals that included William Bennett and the Archbishop of Denver, Reverend Charles J. Chaput. The band was among those criticized by the participants, besides fellow label-mate Nine Inch Nails and the 1999 Wachowski brothers film The Matrix, for their alleged contribution to the environment that made a tragedy like Columbine possible. Senator Hatch thought that Manson truncated his band's US tour because "he or she or whatever the case might be realizes that he can be tremendously booed and that his work is tremendously offensive." Among the invited guests, the CEOs of four of the world's major music distributors declined to attend. This was denounced by Bennett who said their absence, nevertheless, amounted to a "[p]ublic shaming. My hunch is they will continue to ignore you like they did today." Outside observers such as Nina Crowley, director of the anti-censorship organization Mass Mic, expressed chagrin regarding the hearings, commenting that it was "a very stacked-looking thing." Hilary Rosen, president and CEO of the RIAA, shared this opinion and thought "it was staged as political theater [...] They just wanted to find a way to shame the industry, and I'm not ashamed."
Senators Brownback, Hatch and Lieberman concluded the proceedings by requesting an investigation from the Federal Trade Commission and the United States Department of Justice on marketing practices of the entertainment industry to minors. The following month, President Bill Clinton granted that request adding that, "Kids steeped in the culture of violence do become desensitized to it and more capable of committing it." The release of the FTC report on September 13, 2000 would later lead then-Democratic vice presidential candidate Joseph Lieberman to propose introducing legislation that would penalize distributors who participate in marketing and distributing adult-oriented media to minors. The Media Marketing Accountability Act was introduced by Senator Lieberman on June 2001, co-sponsored by U.S. Senator Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.).
During the Beautiful Monsters and Rock Is Dead tour, the band held a Radio Revolution contest. Fans would call local radio stations to request Marilyn Manson songs, keep a log of their attempts and submit the information to the band's website. Winners, of which there were over 10 for every night of the tour, would win a backstage pass and the chance to meet Manson. During the Beautiful Monsters leg of the tour, it was rare for winners to actually get backstage as the band rarely held after show appearances. This improved and later into the Rock Is Dead leg of the tour, more winners actually were able to meet the band.
|Tour Leg||Time Span|
|Rock Is Dead Tour: North American Festival Leg||1999/03/21 – 1999/05/08 (Cancelled)|
|Rock Is Dead Tour: European/Japan Festival Leg||1999/06/18 – 1999/08/08|
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