October 30, 2000 16:10


And he's up to his old tricks, involving images of the [b]Pope[/b], [a]Charles Manson[/a] and [b]Jesus Christ[/b]...

Marilyn Manson dressed up as the POPE and performed a song between two severed heads on the first date of his 'GUNS, GOD AND GOVERNMENT' tour of the US, NME.COM can reveal.

Manson played the first date of the tour at the Minneapolis Orpheum Theatre on Friday evening (October 27) to a capacity crowd. NME.COM were at the show and can reveal that it is one of Manson's most elaborate tours to date.

Towards the end of his set, Manson dresses as the Pope, before positioning himself in a praying position between two fake severed heads. In addition, on the sides of the stage, banners with pictures of personalities such as Elvis, Charles Manson and Jesus complete the stage show.

The rest of Manson's set combines older material such as 'The Dope Show' and 'The Beautiful People' with new material, such as 'The Love Song' and 'Cruci-Fiction In Space', both taken from his forthcoming album 'Holy Wood (In The Shadow Of The Valley Of Death)', released in the UK on November 13 through Nothing/Interscope.

The set was sporadically interrupted by intermissions which gave Manson the opportunity to change costumes, at times wearing a black-and-white fur coat as well as other more unconventional attire.

One fan who was at the show said: "There was another short intermission and Manson is standing on a giant cone that looks like a skirt. He is so high on this thing that he is practically in the lights! It lowers throughout the performance... I thought it symbolised the descent of an angel to earth.

"I have never seen Marilyn Manson before, but the concert was everything that I expected to see. The new material is good and I think it is worth spending money on. The show was definitely worth every penny."

Manson continues his US tour this evening (October 30) at the St Louis Fox Theatre before touring the rest of the US. The last confirmed US date is at the Pittsburgh Mellon Arena on December 9.

He will return to the UK in January for a four-city tour, calling in Glasgow, Manchester, Birmingham and London. The shows will be "arena-size" according to a source close to the band.

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