49-Year-Old Shock Rocker Walks Offstage After Meltdown
Fans in Huntington, New York are angrily demanding their money back after shock rocker Marilyn Manson appears to have suffered a massive meltdown onstage last night.
The 49-year-old is in the process of making up tour dates after being sidelined by an onstage injury last year and by all accounts, fans had high hopes; those hopes were dashed, however, when Manson began to rant incoherently, begging the audience to tell them how much they loved him before he threw his mic, pushed an amp over, and abruptly left the stage after about 4 songs.
Fans chronicled the concert on social media, providing an eyewitness account of Manson’s apparent meltdown. One fan said of Manson’s behavior:
“It’s clear he was under the influence of something. Which, let’s be honest, is not that strange for a rock star. But this was something different. He couldn’t seem to pull it together to deliver a performance even mediocre at best. It was distressing to see an artist you care about in such a bad state.”
I wish I could say last nights show was amazing, but it was just awful. Manson came out with a bang but the whole thing deteriorated very quickly. A couple songs in, he went into a conversation with the crowd about how much we loved him (or not). Asked for cheering and the usual rock star ego stuff. That’s fine, and everyone did their best to scream as long as we could. But once it got to be 10 minutes of begging for adoration and no music, I think we all started to realize something was wrong. Once he was temporarily satisfied, it didn’t improve. They would start songs only to screech them to a halt a minute in. There were very drawn out versions of songs where Manson mostly rambled on about our lack of love and other bizarre things. After an hour and fifteen minutes of this, he threw his microphone and left the stage. House lights came on a couple minutes later. I don’t think they completed more than 4 songs. ▪️ It’s clear he was under the influence of something. Which, let’s be honest, is not that strange for a rock star. But this was something different. He couldn’t seem to pull it together to deliver a performance even mediocre at best. It was distressing to see an artist you care about in such a bad state. Many people were yelling “Fuck you!”, chanting and booing, especially at the end. But I wasn’t really angry. I was sad and bewildered. He seemed desperately in need of emotional and physical care. With the injury, the situation with Twiggy and the death of his father hitting him within a few months, it is easy to see how this could happen (though I can’t speak for how he really feels inside, of course). Maybe it was a one-time bad night. We all have those sometimes. But if not, I really hope he gets help because what I witnessed was not good. It was the strangest, saddest and worst concert I’ve ever been to, and I’ve been to a lot. #marilynmanson
“Tried seeing Marilyn Manson tonight. We have seen him on 4 other occasions and always entertained. This time due to being so drugged, drunk, or sick unfortunately this concert was a complete failure.”
Tried seeing Marilyn Manson tonight. We have seen him on 4 other occasions and always entertained. This time due to being so drugged, drunk, or sick unfortunately this concert was a complete failure. I know what you’re going to say but it is sad to see a complete spiral downward of a human due to drugs. Which might have been from his accident a few months ago. Marilyn please get the help you need and we will see you next time and we do love you 🙁 #marilynmanson
Honestly? It’s actually a little uncomfortable to watch. Sure, fans paid a pretty fair amount to see him live, but it’s clear that the guy isn’t doing well for one reason or another – be it substance abuse or just going through a rough time. In the middle of the chaos of attendees weighing in with their own theories for what cause Manson’s meltdown, some kind and others not so much, another musician weighed in on the matter, offering a perspective no one but another musician is fit to give. Singer-songwriter Amanda Palmer responded to a fan’s concern, offering kindness and clarity and expressing sadness for whatever Marilyn Manson is struggling with.
my thoughts…? that sounds sad for your mom and i’m sorry she had a bad time. and it sounds like a sad state of show affairs for marilyn manson too. so also i am sad for him. https://t.co/7FevyCwXGD
— Amanda Palmer (@amandapalmer) February 16, 2018
“This is a hard job we do, playing onstage night after night. It can be hard on the soul and sometimes life collides with stage with painful results. Performers aren’t machines, we are people. Always be forgiving,” reads the first part of Palmer’s statement.
you are welcome. this is a hard job we do, playing on stage night after night. it can be hard on the soul and sometimes life collides with stage with painful results. performers aren’t machines, we are people. always be forgiving. you never know what the fuck is going on, ever. https://t.co/MHnVRVvYBS
— Amanda Palmer (@amandapalmer) February 16, 2018
Jokes aside, meltdowns like that are never funny; whatever is going on with Marilyn Manson, I genuinely hope he’ll be okay and finds a way to work through whatever it is that’s eating at him.