The star entertains the area for the first time since the Columbine shootings - and he even dares to play controversial song 'The Nobodies'...

MARILYN MANSON has made his first appearance in DENVER since the COLUMBINE shootings, despite a vigorous campaign to stop him playing by local church leaders.

As previously reported on NME.COM, Manson‘s decision to perform at Ozzfest in Denver sparked outrage from church leaders.

In 1999, the self-styled Trenchcoat Mafia, Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris shot and killed their classmates at the Columbine High 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.

A group of local church leaders and families related to the Columbine incident formed ‘Citizens For Peace And Respect’ to oppose the show.

The group are, according to their website at Marilyn Mansonon our community.”

The show, which took place last night (June 21), was attended by approximately 35 anti-Manson protesters, who handed out leaflets and food.

Manson previously issued a statement defying the protesters, saying that he would “balance” his songs with a “wholesome bible reading” so as to examine the “virtues of wonderful ‘Christian’ stories of disease, murder, adultery, suicide and child sacrifice”.

According to the Denver Post newspaper, inside the show, Manson remained defiant. Asking who was the worst influence, himself or God, the crowd predictably replied the latter.

Manson continued: “How about beating (up) … every priest that said we were going to hell? I want to hear you scream, ‘Fight!’ ”

Also, Manson performed the song ‘The Nobodies’, despite requests not to play it by Citizens For Peace and Respect.

Otherwise, the show passed without incident. However, Citizens For Peace and Respect director Jason Janz said his group had been successful in making those present aware of their views on the impact Manson‘s songs could have on young people.

He told MTV news: “I have studied the past 60 years of popular teen culture and have come to the conclusion that we are losing our kids. If Marilyn Manson can walk into our town, promote hate, violence, suicide, death, drug use and Columbine-like behaviour, I can say, ‘Not without a fight.’

“We don’t think Manson caused Columbine, but he encourages and legitimises Columbine-like behaviour. We don’t support censorship, but we’re in favour of citizenship, encouraging concert promoters to be responsible in what they present to the community.”