Partway through his concert at Mosaic Place on Tuesday night, Marilyn Manson seemed to find himself mesmerized by the name of the city in which he was playing.
“Moose Jaw, Moose Jaw, Moose Jaw,” the shock rocker intoned, pausing a bit before adding, “I can’t help but love you.”
The reaction of the audience followed along the same lines. Crowd members cheered, danced and shouted throughout the performance, even after waiting an hour for Manson to appear after opening act Butcher Babies departed the stage.
Their enthusiasm never waned during Manson’s 65-minute show, despite a volume level that could be charitably described as a din, and the performer’s affinity for acknowledging the audience by raising his middle finger.
By that standard, the show was an unqualified success, drawing fans from out of town and selling hundreds of tickets.
Manson’s show at Mosaic Place was one of just two Saskatchewan stops on a winter tour of Canada and the United States that kicked off in Milwaukee on Jan. 18.
The 44-year-old performer — whose stage name is derived from two disparate American cultural icons, Marilyn Monroe and Charles Manson — released his eighth album, Born Villain, in May 2012.
Dalton Lemon, 20, drove from Regina to see the concert, despite not being a hardcore fan of Manson.
“I’m always game to go see a live show,” he explained, adding that he does enjoy some of the artist’s work.
Darcy Pingert, 23, of Ceylon, Sask., said he’s been a fan of Manson for eight years. He had never seen him on stage before but added he’d seen videos of his live performances and more or less knew what to expect.
“I’m hoping to hear some of the old-school stuff,” he said, listing songs like The Beautiful People and Lunchbox, and adding he prefers Manson’s earlier work to his newer material.
For the full story and additional photos, see Wednesday's edition of the Times-Herald.