at the Moda Center, Portland, OR, USA, August 2, 2019

MARILYN MANSON (Live at the Moda Center, Portland, OR, USA, August 2, 2019)
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Marilyn Manson stalks the Moda Center

Having never seen Marilyn Manson live, I have no frame of reference to judge him based on past performances, which is perfect. He is here now, and so is a packed Moda Center of screaming fans just waiting for the master of Shock Rock to begin the ceremonies. Right out of the gates, the band opened with the Marilyn Manson classic “Angel with the Scabbed Wings”, and did not disappoint!

Marilyn Manson
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The band played several more great tunes, leading up to the crowd favorite “The Dope Show”, which was ceremoniously introduced by Marilyn Manson having a relaxing puff on stage, followed by enthusiastic fans and their little puffs in answer.

Marilyn Manson band was tight, delivering great songs in perfection.

Juan Alderete of Marilyn Manson
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As Marilyn Manson performed on, I found myself really digging the tightness of his band. With Paul Wiley on guitar and backing vocals, Juan Alderete on the bass and backing vocals, they created the perfect sound and look for the brand of Rock and Roll that Marilyn Manson stands for.

Paul Wiley of Marilyn Manson
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Marilyn Manson delivered on all promises, and the crowd loved his hauntingly brilliant version of the Eurythmics hit “Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)”. I am glad that the cover tune made the set. Well,  me and about 14,000 other screaming fans.

Marilyn Manson surrounds himself with talent, as he should

Brandon Pertzborn of Marilyn Manson
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Marilyn Manson is a class act, and a real pro, so obviously he is going to surround himself with some very talented people. For example: amazing Brandon Pertzborn on the drums even took a drum solo in the name of nostalgia, which is not something I would have expected at a Marilyn Manson show. It was no real surprise: The kid was amazing, and a real spark to the band.

Ultimately, there is still only one Marilyn Manson, and he is here to stay!

Closing the show with “Antichrist Superstar” and “The Beautiful People” couldn’t have been a better way to end a great show from a legend in heavy music. I for one am glad to be able to say that I finally saw the Marilyn Manson, and was not disappointed.


Angel with the Scabbed Wings
This Is the New Shit
Rock Is Dead
The Nobodies
The Dope Show
If I Was Your Vampire / Say10
Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) Eurythmics cover
Antichrist Superstar
The Beautiful People

Review and photos by Bryce Van Patten.

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  • Bryce Van Patten

    Bryce is an audio engineer and a graphic designer here at Metal Express Radio. From the day he purchased his first album (Machine Head by Deep Purple), he has had a passion for heavy music, which has influenced his whole life. Bryce is from the great Pacific Northwest in USA, and has played in metal bands like Babylon, Holy Terror, The Wild Dogs, Warhead and Egypt through the 80s. He had his first interview for the Portland, Oregon publication The Rock Rag with guitarist Paul Gilbert in his Racer X days. Then he was honored to get to have drinks, and talk for an hour with the legendary Dan McCafferty of Nazareth for his second interview. In 2013, he spent an amazing hour talking to Andi Deris of Helloween, which was the high point of his heavy metal journalism.   In the year 2001, he formed Man in Black Music Publishing. They released recordings by several local bands, and in the spirit of the old Metal Massacre compilations, he created a 2-album series called The Defenders of Metal. The albums featured classic styled Metal bands from all around the world, with bands from Australia to England, and from Argentina to Russia. Currently, he is the producer/creator/vocalist of the Metal band The Black Tuesdays.

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  1. I haveee one chat (chat or tell) to mr. Marily manson , i love hear sound mm in telephon , or connecte chaat to live to he ,
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