GUNS, GOD AND GOVERNMENT WORLD TOUR
DVD EAGLE, BMG RELEASE: SEPTEMBER 24, 2002 (NORTH AMERICA),
NOVEMBER 18, 2002 (SCANDINAVIA) REVIEW: NOVEMBER 22, 2002
what thou wilt (to use Mansonesque language) of the music; Marilyn Manson
has built an exquisite visual imagery around himself. One that no one
with a penchant for horror and dark fantasy is likely to be able to resist.
A number of great video directors - most notably the incredible Floria
Sigismundi with "Tourniquet" and "The Beautiful People"
- together created a rich, demented fairytale landscape for Manson to
dwell in, and the effect was stunning. What nu metal band has not, unsuccessfully,
tried to achieve the same twisted, monstrous qualities in its videos?
The careful visual planning of that era stands in stark contrast to this
bland concert video with attached cheap shockumentary. Filming was conducted
between 1999 and 2001, and the best pieces of numerous concerts have been
edited together to form this 17-song gig. The music video editing somewhat
disturbs the feeling of a live recording. With shots plainly from different
appearances during the same song, one starts wondering at which one the
sound was actually recorded. Manson lolls around on stilts, transforms
into a pope and then into a führer, but the stage show is mostly
Instead we get the "shocking" Marilyn Manson. Editors have made
a point of finding every shot of Manson groping his band member's groins,
dry humping fans onstage and pissing himself. In the 30-minute tour collage
bonus feature, religious fanatics protesting outside concert halls are
shown before we get to see all of the exciting "sins" of the
band and its reckless fans.
Now, anyone who has seen Stelarc swallow a stomach probe the size of a
fist to broadcast his digestion live has a hard time following why someone
would get excited about Manson sticking objects up his ass. He may preach
about free speech and take the mistreated youth of America under his wing
(a few sermons around the themes of Christian evil and fuck everything
can be heard on this recording), but why does he need to resort to these
third rate shock tactics, turning into some kind of poor man's Genesis
P-Orridge? Is Marilyn Manson really such a boring band that the boobs
of audience chicks must be flashed every ten minutes to keep people watching?
I should add here, that sound quality is excellent, the photo is good
and a couple of the songs are very well performed. I just thought that
there would be something more to it.