Photography credit: Ken Schuler Photography
(PCM) Talk about an amazing show! Two rock n’ roll juggernauts, Slipknot and Marilyn Manson, absolutely annihilated the BB&T Pavilion in Camden, NJ and we were loving each and every moment. Of Mice and Men were the evenings openers. It was the first time in quite awhile we have seen a near sell-out crowd at the BB&T Pavilion, but with the theatricality and showmanship of these powerhouse bands you seriously couldn’t go wrong.
Throughout this tour Marilyn Manson has been making a lot of headlines with many claiming that he was incredibly inebriated during his performances in various cities. Stories were told about him falling off the stage, busting up sound equipment and heckling the crowd, however we felt his performance in Camden, NJ was one of the best we’ve seen from him in recent years.
He looked and sounded fantastic. Maybe he was in a good mood that evening, but either way he was sounded better than he has in years and it was refreshing. We are always a little biased, being ridiculously huge Manson fans, but we can certainly admit when an artist has not performed to their best standards. This was definitely not the case with Manson’s Camden performance as he exceeded our expectations by a landslide.
Entering a darkened stage, Manson appeared from within a cloud of fog tossing bags of Manson dollars which were emblazoned with his face and a “666” while covering the crowd in red and blue paint powder. Manson and the band blasted through some of their major hits including “Angel with the Scabbed Wings”, “No Reflection”, “mOBSCENE” and “The Dope Show”. We were thrilled to see that Manson’s stage theatrics were as strong as ever, as he once again brought out the pulpit and burning Bible for “Antichrist Superstar” before leaping down into the pit to perform “The Beautiful People” up close and personal with the fans.
As the time neared for Slipknot to grace the stage, anticipation was building to an all time high within the building. Once the band entered the stage, they were firing from all cylinders from beginning to end. Talk about an intense performance! Slipknot always gives their all to each and every performance and their show is absolutely electrifying. Despite the fact that Slipknot vocalist Corey Taylor recently underwent spinal surgery, he showed absolutely no signs of slowing down for even a moment. The dedication to the art from the members of this band is absolutely awe-inspiring.
The band plowed through their extensive catalog of hits putting together the perfect set list which combined both old and new material. We can’t even imagine how hard it is for a band like Slipknot to craft a set list for the tour, as they have such a plethora of material from which to pull. The band’s latest album “.5: The Gray Chapter” has been a huge success for the band and we were thrilled to hear songs such as “The Devil and I” and “The Negative One” included in the evenings performance.
Slipknot never ceases to thrill in the live environment and their Camden performance was stellar as always! This touring package certainly provided a ton of bang for your buck and is certainly worth checking out!