12/1/95, The Mad Monk, Wilmington NC. (--What a pretty town.)
WHAT A GODDAMN GREAT NIGHT!! One of those shows where everything
works to perfection. Club nice, crowd not too rough, barricade solid,
unannounced third band (Children's Choir, a decent deathmetal trio)
not at all painful, even Clutch's set tolerable; and bleeding Osiris,
were the Mansons ever brilliant!! The Reverend was just crackling
electric, super high energy level in constant motion; Twiggy and
Daisy (matched in all black tonight) dead solid and in that perfect
synch that seems telepathic; set was a total monster. Glorious,
glorious, utterly heartstealing. One of those nights you'd choose
to spend the rest of your life in. --Wrapped with a terrific
"Rock'n'Roll Nigger." (Remember, when you get to sing that last
verse, point at him and *grin*! He really seems to love it! =)
--Got to mention the fashionable guitar duo: Twig in black dress,
black-rimmed glasses, full makeup and blonde wig; Daisy in black
t-shirt and (!!) tight, shiny black vinyl pants! (Can I hear ya
say "yum!"?)--He's got some black in his hair too now, under the
green and tied with bright-colored rubber bands. Looks way neat.
Let's see, the Rev did the water-bottle-up-the-butt trick again
(though didn't douse a bouncer)and the stuffed monkey was still
adorning the crosspieces overhead. Also, this was the third night
they'd skipped "Cyclops." --something in the crowd during "Dogma"
had Twiggy very upset - did some pointing and yelling to the stage-
hands and even to Manson - couldn't see what it was though...
Event of the night: our conversation with the girl from a local
record store who'd been the band's driver/gopher for, I think,
the previous few days. Ready for this?...Mr. Manson, she assured us,
requires the venue to provide him with a cat box for his personal use
- and he must have the clumping type of litter, too, and none of these
cheap cardboard boxes - or he'll refuse to do the show. Why, she herself
had to change the Rev's kitty litter; though she hastened to add that
he only uses the box to pee. And has been doing so for three years,
according to Pogo
--you must, you just *have* to, be impressed by the thousand
and one ways the guys find to play into and around this total-freak
image they've got...
Quite a night. =)
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