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Manson, Slayer Keeping The "Evil" In Rock 'N' Roll

Of the Oakland Press

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NSome connoisseurs of headbanging find this summer’s pairing of Marilyn Manson and Slayer to be curious — if not downright weird. But Manson promises the two disparate acts are united in one common goal.

“For lack of any other description,” he explains, “we’re keeping evil in rock ’n’ roll.”

That’s for sure. Manson, of course, is know for his flamboyant, shock-rock theatrics filled with macabre, sexual and anti-religious imagery.

This year, in support of his new album, “Eat Me, Drink Me,” he’s promising “the full fire, brimstone, sex, drugs and rock ’n’ roll that people have over the years grown to appreciate my shows for — or hate them for.”

Slayer, which recently issued an expanded version of its 2006 album, “Christ Illusion,” is of one mind with Manson’s religious tip. But you won’t see the long-lived group’s four members walking around on stilts or playing on extravagant stage sets like their tourmate.

“We’re going for the all-brutal set,” says singer-bassist Tom Araya, who promises “songs we haven’t played in a while,” in addition to “the standards” from Slayer’s pulverizing repertoire.

Manson (real name Brian Warner) says the two bands share “a mutual respect,” and he expects them to “push each other ... and show everyone else how it’s done.”

“I think if anyone has a challenge,” he adds, “it’s probably us, ’cause Slayer’s obviously the more brutal and heavier, from a musical point of view. There’s no point in us trying to challenge that, ’cause that’s not the type of music that I’ve made.”

Araya, who says guitarist Kerry King is Slayer’s primary Manson fan, anticipates a certain amount of crossover between the two bands’ audiences. But he also thinks the tour will draw a large chunk of interested bystanders.

“What I really expect,” Araya explains, “is a majority of the audience to be of looky-loos — people who wouldn’t normally go to a Manson show or normally go to a Slayer show, but since it’s one package, ‘Let’s kill two birds with one stone.’

“They want to see it ’cause it’s such a strange bill — ‘What’s gonna happen? Let’s check it out.’ I think that’s OK. I’m just hoping nothing goes bad.”

Marilyn Manson, Slayer and Bleeding Through perform at 7 p.m. Saturday (August 11th) at DTE Energy Music Theatre, Sashabaw Road north of I-75, Independence Township. Tickets are $49.50 pavilion, $27.50 lawn. Call (248) 377-0100 or visit www.palacenet.com.

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