Acts of God or just another day for Slipknot, Marilyn Manson, and Of Mice & Men?
Photos by Richard Thigpen Photography
With a tour that was set to begin June 9 but postponed to June 28 due to Slipknot vocalist Corey Taylor suffering a neck injury, or as he put it, “I f@cking broke my neck,” setbacks have become somewhat commonplace. The opening dates postponed will look to be rescheduled on the back end of the tour but that was just the beginning.
Even just a few days prior to the Charlotte date, a show at First Niagara Pavilion near Pittsburgh was cancelled midway through Marilyn Manson’s set due to a violent storm moving through, and similar rage was seen from some in attendance.
As the tour rolled into Charlotte, stormy weather was in the forecast and once again lightning strikes in the area force a shortened set from Of Mice and Men and a delayed start time from Marilyn Manson. Nevertheless the show, at least in this case, was able to go on.
Metalheads from across the Carolinas turned out for a stacked bill of heavy music and the bands proved that no matter what the weather may be doing, they were here and they were ready to melt faces.
Taking the stage a little later than planned but proving that he and his band are still a rock powerhouse, Marilyn Manson found his way from stilts on stage to out into the crowd, and with massive backdrops and his iconic pulpit, played a solid set with little out of the ordinary. This has not been the case for all of the stops so far.
One show found Manson mumbling and stumbling to the soundboard and knocking off a monitor. Another show left the crowd a little dumbfounded with an incoherent rant about a drug trafficker in his head and Manson vocally cursing his crew to move cords stating “I don’t want to fall on my dick with that cord, so can you fix it, please?”
Manson was even seen flinging snot into the crowd which was likely related to an illness which forced him to cancel an appearance a few weeks ago, just hours before his set.
The Charlotte performance went off without a hitch and a great performance, with the only crazy antic being Manson breaking a microphone stand over his knee as reported by a fellow music reporter.
Slipknot are the headliners for this tour and after years of arena rock shows they have proved why. The growth of the band, from their breakout Ozzfest 99 performances to the evolution of their sound, band, and masks, has been a rise to the top of the metal mountain that has not been without drama and tragedy, but in the end has shaped them into a band at the top of their game and the metal world.
The drama for this tour has been kept to a minimum with Taylor’s neck injury being the only real issue; in fact, Taylor was still in a neck brace for the Charlotte appearance.
The band, like many performers finding their way to NC have chosen to make a statement on the state’s discriminatory House bill 2.
The band expressed their disdain of the bill but also expressed how important they felt it was to continue with their performance in Charlotte and to make a stand against the bill by partnering with Equality NC for the stop.
“Our fans in North Carolina deserve better, so we decided not to cancel. We don’t care where you pee- just please flush. It’s pretty simple, really.”
Luckily, the band chose to keep Charlotte on the tour and with a massive stage setup that matches their massive sound Slipknot showed up big. With room to roam, their trademark hydraulic risers and giant screen the visuals of their performance kept up with a massive sound that has been built for this stage.
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