Tuesday 25 June 2019

Banned shock-rocker finally hits the stage . . . on stilts

Heavy metal group Iron Maiden playing in concert last night to thousands of fans at the RDS, Dublin. Picture: Steve Humphreys
Heavy metal group Iron Maiden playing in concert last night to thousands of fans at the RDS, Dublin. Picture: Steve Humphreys

Louise Healy

IF it was a reaction he was looking for it definitely worked. US shock-rocker Marilyn Manson was in town for the first time ever last night performing his quirky anti-establishment song to thousands of metal-loving fans.

IF it was a reaction he was looking for it definitely worked.

US shock-rocker Marilyn Manson was in town for the first time ever last night performing his quirky anti-establishment song to thousands of metal-loving fans.

A mass of fans in trademark black T-shirts queued outside the RDS in Dublin from early yesterday afternoon, eager to set the scene for a night of hard rocking.

Manson, who was sensationally banned from appearing in Ireland a few years ago, as the result of protests by both parents and religious groups, stormed on stage shortly after 7pm sending the sea of grungy rockers into a moshing frenzy.

The eccentric singer, dressed in all-black treated fans to a number of hits including 'Disposable Teens', 'Mobscene' and 'Fight Song'. And as the evening went on things got more bizarre.

'To Tourniquet' - a song about slitting wrists - the white-faced rocker bounded around the stage on a pair of stilts, which received screams of approval from the fans.

And if Marilyn Manson was a hard act to follow, Iron Maiden managed to pull it off. When the band finally came on stage shortly after 8.30pm with their trademark mascot Eddie - a giant 20ft high animatronic monster with flashing red eyes - the crowd erupted at the sight of the British rockers.

For over an hour-and-a-half Iron Maiden treated revellers to hits including 'Fear Of The Dark', 'Number Of The Beast', 'No Praying For The Dying' and their most recent offering 'Death On The Road'.

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