After pulling out initially, the dark one is now playing the area for the first time since Columbine - and some locals aren't too happy...

MARILYN MANSON has reversed a decision not to perform at OZZFEST in DENVER, sparking outrage from church leaders.

As previously reported on NME.COM, Manson, who will appear at Ozzfest events across the US this summer, pulled out of the Denver date on June 21 due to scheduling conflicts.

It was speculated at the time that the cancellation came as the result of concern over the 1999 Columbine High School shootings, which occurred nearby. The self-styled Trenchcoat Mafia, Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris shot and killed their classmates at the school.

Manson has not played in the area since the shootings and it was claimed the killers were fans of the rocker's music. This idea was later proved to be false.

However, Manson will now appear after all. As a result, a group of church leaders and families related to the Columbine incident have formed 'Citizens For Peace And Respect' to oppose his show.

The group are, according to their website at, "a group of concerned citizens in who have organised to oppose the negative influence of Marilyn Mansonon our community."

Speaking to the local Denver Post newspaper, CPR founder Jason Janz claimed Manson "glorifies death and human destruction ". He added: "We as a society seem to have grown numb to evil. There's a throwing up of our hands in exasperation, a feeling that we can't do anything to fight it. "

The group are requesting Manson does not appear, and have started an online petition via their website. The group are also planning a series of peaceful demonstrations on and around the date of June 21.

Manson will not appear at the Ozzfest in the UK. However, he is confirmed to appear at the Carling Weekend Festivals in Reading and Leeds over the weekend of August 24-26.

A single release around this time is a possibility, with 'The Nobodies' being the likely choice.

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