Marilyn Manson delivers “incoherent rants” during onstage “meltdown”

Fans started chanting "Fuck you Manson"

Marilyn Manson ended a show abruptly last night after suffering an apparent onstage meltdown.

Manson was performing in Huntington, New York on Thursday night (February 15), with reports suggesting that the shock-rocker delivered a several incoherent rants while his band improvised before dropping his microphone after only a handful of songs. Fans then started chanting “Fuck you Manson” after he left the stage.

“I wish I could say last night’s show was amazing, but it was just awful,” one fan wrote on Instagram. “Manson came out with a bang but the whole thing deteriorated very quickly. A couple songs in, he went into a conversation with the crowd about how much we loved him (or not). Asked for cheering and the usual rock star ego stuff.”

“I think we all started to realise something was wrong. Once he was temporarily satisfied, it didn’t improve. They would start songs only to screech them to a halt a minute in. There were very drawn out versions of songs where Manson mostly rambled on about our lack of love and other bizarre things. After an hour and fifteen minutes of this, he threw his microphone and left the stage. House lights came on a couple minutes later. I don’t think they completed more than 4 songs.”

“It was the strangest, saddest and worst concert I’ve ever been to, and I’ve been to a lot.”

See fan-shot footage from the show below:

I wish I could say last nights show was amazing, but it was just awful. Manson came out with a bang but the whole thing deteriorated very quickly. A couple songs in, he went into a conversation with the crowd about how much we loved him (or not). Asked for cheering and the usual rock star ego stuff. That’s fine, and everyone did their best to scream as long as we could. But once it got to be 10 minutes of begging for adoration and no music, I think we all started to realize something was wrong. Once he was temporarily satisfied, it didn’t improve. They would start songs only to screech them to a halt a minute in. There were very drawn out versions of songs where Manson mostly rambled on about our lack of love and other bizarre things. After an hour and fifteen minutes of this, he threw his microphone and left the stage. House lights came on a couple minutes later. I don’t think they completed more than 4 songs. ▪️ It’s clear he was under the influence of something. Which, let’s be honest, is not that strange for a rock star. But this was something different. He couldn’t seem to pull it together to deliver a performance even mediocre at best. It was distressing to see an artist you care about in such a bad state. Many people were yelling “Fuck you!”, chanting and booing, especially at the end. But I wasn’t really angry. I was sad and bewildered. He seemed desperately in need of emotional and physical care. With the injury, the situation with Twiggy and the death of his father hitting him within a few months, it is easy to see how this could happen (though I can’t speak for how he really feels inside, of course). Maybe it was a one-time bad night. We all have those sometimes. But if not, I really hope he gets help because what I witnessed was not good. It was the strangest, saddest and worst concert I’ve ever been to, and I’ve been to a lot. #marilynmanson

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NME has approached both Manson’s press representative and label for further comment.

Manson was met with a backlash recently after firing a fake rifle at a US concert just hours after a shooting in Texas.