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What happened when Marilyn Manson came to Sydney?

Live Review

Venue: Enmore Theatre, Sydney

Marilyn Manson is playing a theatre in Sydney. It would be rude not to go, right?

As we sit at the harbour in Sydney and enjoy the Australian sunshine over a margarita, the heavens suddenly open and ruin the lives of those of us who left the hotel in shorts and a t-shirt. Why the sudden shift in climate? Well, something menacing is coming to town...

Outside the Enmore Theatre the Australian goth contingent have gathered en masse to show their devotion to the Pale Emperor, the God Of Fuck, the Antichrist Superstar – Marilyn fucking Manson. And while he may no longer send the media into a blind panic with his shock tactics, if Double M is on form he's virtually untouchable. 

But who goes to Manson shows in 2015? Is he still the voice of the disaffected youth or has he outstayed his welcome? Well judging by the hundreds of people gathered outside, and even more in the theatre, he's still revered and worshipped by goths, metalheads and rockers from around the world. However, it must be noted that as of late Manson's live show hasn't lived up to expectations. Late arrivals, early finishes, and a nonplussed approach have left bitter tastes in the mouths of his fans for the past ten years – then something happened. 

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