Making choices, keeping confident

  • 2012-05-30
  • By TBT Staff

REMARKABLE: Marilyn Manson on tour in a cruel world.

KAUNAS - One of the most shocking artists, Marilyn Manson, is back in the Baltic States! The “Hey Cruel World...” tour is the 13th tour by American rock band Marilyn Manson. The tour is in support of their eighth studio album, Born Villain, and is their ninth tour to take multiple paths, spanning multiple countries. The gig will take place on June 12 at Zalgiris arena in Kaunas.

Marilyn Manson (born Brian Hugh Warner in 1969) is an American musician, artist and former music journalist known for his controversial stage persona and image as the lead singer of the eponymous band Marilyn Manson. His stage name was formed from juxtaposing the names of two 1960s American cultural icons, namely actress Marilyn Monroe and convicted multiple murder mastermind Charles Manson as a critical and, simultaneously, laudatory appraisal of America and its peculiar culture. He has a long legacy of being depicted in the media as a detrimental influence on young people. The seemingly outrageous styles for which he models and the controversy surrounding his lyrics have led to his public appeal.

“Born Villain” is the eighth full-length studio album by the American rock band, which was released on May 1, 2012 by Cooking Vinyl Records and Manson’s own vanity label “Hell.” Interviews with the band’s frontman described that the record would be in a heavier tone than that of previous works, describing the sound as “suicide death metal” style.
In an interview with Loudwire in April 2012, Marilyn Manson said about the album:

“Restriction creates the desire to have the necessity or the determination or confidence to deal with your situation. It’s like a zombie movie, it’s like being in prison, it’s being stuck with one choice, survival. That’s what this record is. I was given a choice. When I started making this record, I decided that I didn’t like who I was. I didn’t want to be who I used to be. I wanted to be who I knew I could be, and that’s an evolving process. But the whole key to it is that if you stagnate, if you become something that no longer transforms, there’s nothing that’s inspirational about it.

Whether it’s nature and you see a peacock, or whatever it is, you pick who you’re going to be in life and you need to be confident about it and stick with your gut instinct and don’t waiver. It took me completely stripping my life away, moving into a place with black floors and white walls, putting all my things in storage and just taking my movies, my instruments, my cats and realizing, I don’t need anything else. All I need to do is fill this [room] full of something. I’m trying to take things back to the beginning. I was not calculating that way, I simply needed to realize that this is life. I needed to realize what I wanted out of life. I suddenly realized that I was the one who sat and drew my first flyer.

Everything has to be ups and downs or you’re not an artist. If it’s down, which is sometimes where I was more often than up, it’s not inspiring. So I just wanted to make something that would make people feel something. I was playing it to people that were my friends. Some of them never heard my music before, never liked my music, whatever the situation was… but it’s a challenge and I love a challenge. I had forgotten how much I love a challenge.”

There is no doubt that Manson is preparing grandiose, remarkable and memorable performance for the Baltic audience within his only concert in the region. During the concert heavy music fans will hear the new album’s most famous compositions such as “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This),” “The Beautiful People,” The Dope Show, “Rock Is Dead and many others.

Spectators can expect many surprises and a horrifying number of latex and make-up - everything that Marilyn Manson is well known for.

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