COLUMN: Aaron's Backstage Pass: Twins of Evil

Updated: 10/11/2012 9:06 AM KSTP.com By: Aaron Chalich

Last night I went to Mankato, MN to the Verizon Wireless Center for “The Twins of Evil Tour.” It featured Marilyn Manson and my favorite band “Rob Zombie.”

I have been a fan of Rob Zombie since the early 90’s when “Thunder Kiss 65” was played for the first time on the radio.  As soon as I heard that song, I knew Rob was going to be huge. 

At the time, he was in the band White Zombie and the CD that they released with “Thunder Kiss 65” on it, is my favorite CD of all time. 

I have also been a fan of Marilyn Manson since the early 90’s as well. 

So when I heard that the two of them were touring together I had knew I had to go.

When I got to the show, there was a line almost wrapped around the building. There were a lot of people and they were very excited and were wearing Rob Zombie or Marilyn Manson shirts.

The doors opened at 6pm and ‘DJ Starscream” played at 7pm. 

At about 8pm Marilyn Manson took stage and rocked the crowd. He was amazing and he played all of his popular songs. Now I don’t like to list every song they play, because I don’t want to ruin the surprise for fans that are going to see his show, so I will just mention a few songs that you know he would play.

My favorite song that he plays is a cover of “Sweet Dreams” and that is amazing seeing him perform it. At first he is very calm and then just explodes into the chorus.

The other song that was amazing to see live is “Personal Jesus.” This was the first time that I have seen him perform this and it was amazing. Once again he just explodes on stage and the crowd goes nuts and feeds off of it.

At one point in the show, the guard rail at the front of the stage broke and they had to stop the show to fix it. After about ten to fifteen minutes it was fixed and Manson came back out and finished his set.

I really enjoyed his show and would see it again.

Then at about 9:45pm or so Rob Zombie came on stage and I would have to say Rob Zombie is one of my favorite artists of all time. His show is horror themed and sings about horror movies and horror related things. He has huge props and plays horror movie clips in the background while he is singing.

His band is amazing and he has, in my opinion some of the greatest musicians. He has Piggy D on the bass and Ginger Fish on the drums and one of my favorite guitarists John 5. The names are pretty crazy, but they can play.

Rob had one of the coolest entrances that I’ve seen in a long time.  The band came out and then there was a big iron maiden in the middle of the stage.  The doors slowly open up and out comes Rob dressed like a corpse and he goes into their opening song.

John 5 is also an amazing musician in my opinion. I have been listening to John for many years. I started listening to him when he was with Marilyn Manson and especially now.

At one point of the show he does a solo and it is unlike anything I have ever heard. John just came out with a solo album and I have to go out and buy it.

I got the opportunity to interview John 5 earlier. John played with Marilyn Manson previous to playing with Rob Zombie. I asked him what it was like touring with his previous band and his current band. To see what he said and the interview watch my video attached to this column.

Once again I don’t want to spoil their set list, but they played a lot of popular songs, some old school, and some new.  It was a great variety and plus we were all treated to a teaser trailer for Rob Zombie’s “Lords of Salem” movie coming out next year. It looks very interesting.

I really had a great time at “The Twins of Evil” concert in Mankato at the Verizon Wireless Center. 

The staff was very friendly and helpful and answered all of the questions that I had. They also did a great job of fixing the guard rail quickly so the show could continue. 

Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson put on great shows and I had a blast watching them. They just send so much energy out into the crowd and the audience feeds off of it. Seeing Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson in concert is very hard to explain unless you have experienced it for yourself. I know that when they come back to Minnesota in the future I will definitely go and see them.
 

Aaron Chalich is a columnist for KSTP.com blogging about the latest entertainment news.