While it wasn't quite a heavyweight title fight, the Mohegan Sun arena did feature a head to head battle between shock rockers Marilyn Manson and Rob Zombie. Both artists took to the stage last Saturday night as part of the "Twins Of Evil" tour and both tried to outdo the other in stage props and performance.
Marilyn Manson struck first, getting the crowd rocking during the opening songs "Hey Cruel World" and "Disposable Teens." He tried scoring the first points for controversy, as he donned a bishop's outfit for "The Love Song" and displayed the word "drugs" in huge light-up letters during "The Dope Show." Manson stated that he loved Connecticut because "it had the word cut" in its name, while displaying his knife-tipped microphone during "No Reflection." The mosh pits didn't develop until about halfway through his set as the crowd enjoyed his cover version of the songs "Personal Jesus" and "Sweet Dreams." His 75-minute set ended with the popular "Beautiful People" and all in attendance enjoyed Manson's stage antics.
After a 20-minute set change, it was time for the horror master, Rob Zombie to take the stage. Not to be outdone, Zombie made his songs come to life with 12 ft. tall robots and devils. The music was just as good as the stage theatrics. Without a new album to promote, Rob Zombie performed a 13-song greatest hits set. Beginning with the one, two punch of "Jesus Frankenstein" and "Superbeast" the audience was like putty in his hands. The loudest applause came during Zombie's songs, "More Human Than Human" and "Thunder Kiss '65" from earlier in his career with White Zombie. He ramped up the most pit during "Never Gonna Stop" and traveled out into the crowd during guitarist John 5's amazing, attention grabbing solo. Zombie paid tribute to his mentor Alice Cooper with a quick cover of "School's Out," before ascending to the top of the podium for the knockout punch of his popular hit "Dragula."
As fireworks and confetti signaled the finale, Zombie took the title that night. Manson definitely entertained a crowd that got there chance at seeing two of heavy metal's premier shock rockers. DJ Starscream began the evening with a 30-minute blast of club beats as he mixed music with horror show quotes.
Marilyn Manson setlist: Hey Cruel World, Disposable Teens, The Love Song, No Reflection, Mobscene, The Dope Show, Slo-Mo-Tion, Rock Is Dead, Personal Jesus, Sweet Dreams, King Kill 33, Antichrist Superstar, The Beautiful People
Rob Zombie setlist: Jesus Frankenstein, Superbeast, Meet The Creaper, Living Dead Girl, More Human Than Human, Mars Needs Women, Never Gonna Stop, Sick Bubble-Gum, Scum Of The Earth, Pussy Liquor, Thunder Kiss '65, School's Out, Dragula