Mechanical Animals Tour

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Mechanical Animals
Tour by Marilyn Manson
Associated album Mechanical Animals
Start date October 25, 1998
End date January 31, 1999
Shows 52 (planned)
Marilyn Manson concert chronology
Dead to the World
Mechanical Animals
Beautiful Monsters

Mechanical Animals was a worldwide tour by the band Marilyn Manson in support of their third LP album Mechanical Animals, released on September 15, 1998. The tour extended from late 1998[1] to early 1999 and was recorded in 1998 for the VHS-format God is in the TV which was released on November 2, 1999.

The Mechanical Animals European Festival Tour was supposed to be the first leg of the tour. This particular leg of the tour consisted of six dates to be played at various European festivals planned as the debut of follow-up material to Antichrist Superstar two months before the release of Mechanical Animals. This leg of the tour spanned from June 25, 1998 until July 12, 1999.

Reportedly, drummer Ginger Fish became ill with mononucleosis. This led the band to cancel the entire summer European leg and postpone the beginning of the tour to October 25, 1998.

Beginning on October 25, 1998 and lasting until January 31, 1999, the "Mechanical Animals Tour" included two legs spanning a Fall to Winter World Tour in Europe, Japan, and North America and a 6 show headlining stint at the Big Day Out tour in Australia.[2] In total, the band completed 46 shows out of the 52 originally planned.


After declining a headlining slot at the failing Lollapalooza summer music festival (along with numerous other bands) in early 1998 due to delays in Mechanical Animals' release, the band launched the first of their own headlining tours in support of the album.[3] The tour was originally intended to begin on June 25, 1998 with a series of 6 festival dates in Europe lasting until July 12, 1998.[4] However, drummer Ginger Fish became ill with mononucleosis, leading to the cancellation of the entire summer European leg and the postponement of the beginning of the tour to October 25, 1998 in Lawrence, Kansas.[4]

Performance and show themes[edit]

With this being the first leg of the tour, the stage show was minimal compared to later legs of the tour


As with the band's preceding 1997 world tour, Dead to the World, the Mechanical Animals Tour met with heavy resistance from civic and religious leaders. The first of these protests occurred on October 19, 1998. A month before a planned performance at the Landmark Theatre in Syracuse, New York, local activists began calling for a cancellation of the engagement. According to Associated Press, then-Syracuse Mayor Roy Bernardi attempted to block the venue's permit, citing a "moral obligation to the people of Syracuse", without specifying any reason for his objections. Onondaga County officials also attempted to extort the Landmark into halting the event by threatening to withhold $30,000 in county funds earmarked for the venue, prompting the venue's bookers to consider dropping the show altogether. Despite this, representatives for the Landmark started selling tickets on the day it was planned and the performance took place on the arranged date and venue.[5]

North American set list[edit]

  1. The Reflecting God
  2. Great Big White World
  3. Cake and Sodomy
  4. Posthuman
  5. Mechanical Animals
  6. I Want to Disappear
  7. Sweet Dreams (are made of this)
  8. The Speed of Pain
  9. Rock is Dead
  10. The Dope Show
  11. Lunchbox
  12. User Friendly
  13. I Don't Like the Drugs (But the Drugs Like Me)
  14. Rock 'n' Roll Nigger
  15. The Beautiful People
  16. Irresponsible Hate Anthem

European/Asian set list[edit]

  1. Inauguration of the Mechanical Christ
  2. The Reflecting God
  3. Great Big White World
  4. Cake and Sodomy
  5. Sweet Dreams (are made of this)
  6. Astonishing Panorama of the Endtimes
  7. Rock is Dead
  8. The Dope Show
  9. Lunchbox
  10. I Don't Like the Drugs (But the Drugs Like Me)
  11. Rock 'n' Roll Nigger
  12. The Beautiful People

Broadcasts and recordings[edit]

Various shows were recorded on the tour but there is no specific information about which dates. A Short 40-minute film was released on VHS entitled 'God Is In The TV' following the band on Tour, however It only contains short live clips from various shows. Widely heralded as Mansons Best Tour, the bands 2012 comeback has sparked interest for the release of an uninterrupted live DVD from this tour. It is however not known if the full recordings briefly shown in the documentary 'God Is In The TV' are available. The only full live recordings available are, PRO SHOT recording of their BIG DAY OUT performance In Sydney on 23 January 1999 which is of mediocre video quality, and a rare partial recording of a concert In Detroit on the 16th of November 1998, which also Includes an unedited promotional Interview.

Tour dates[edit]

# Date City Country Venue
1 June 25, 1998 Roskilde Denmark Roskilde Festival (Cancelled)
2 June 27, 1998 Burgh Netherlands Waldrock Festival (Cancelled)
3 June 28, 1998 Dessel Belgium Graspop Metal Meeting (Cancelled)
4 June 30, 1998 Kristiansand Norway Odderøya Amfi (Cancelled)
5 July 9, 1998 Frauenfeld Germany Out in the Green Festival (Cancelled)
6 July 12, 1998 Zwickau Full Force Open Air (Cancelled)
North America
7 October 25, 1998 Lawrence, Kansas United States Granada
8 October 26, 1998 Kansas City, Kansas Memorial Hall
9 October 27, 1998 St. Louis, Missouri Fox Theater
10 October 29, 1998 Milwaukee, Wisconsin Riverside Theatre
11 October 30, 1998 Chicago, Illinois Aragon Ballroom
12 October 31, 1998 St. Paul, Minnesota Roy Wilkins Auditorium
13 November 3, 1998 Tulsa, Oklahoma Brady Theatre
14 November 4, 1998 Houston, Texas Aerial Theatre
15 November 5, 1998 Dallas, Texas Bronco Bowl
16 November 7, 1998 New Orleans, Louisiana State Theatre
17 November 9, 1998 Atlanta, Georgia Tabernacle
18 November 10, 1998 Charlotte, North Carolina Ovens Auditorium
19 November 11, 1998 Richmond, Virginia Landmark Theater
20 November 13, 1998 Camden, New Jersey Sony Blockbuster Pavilion
21 November 14, 1998 Cleveland, Ohio Cleveland Music Hall
22 November 16, 1998 Detroit, Michigan State Theatre
23 November 18, 1998 Mississauga Canada Arrow Hall
24 November 19, 1998 Syracuse, New York United States Landmark Theatre
25 November 21, 1998 Poughkeepsie, New York Mid-Hudson Civic Center
26 November 22, 1998 Lowell, Massachusetts Tsongas Arena
27 November 23, 1998 New York City, New York Hammerstein Ballroom
28 November 27, 1998 Barcelona Spain Pavello de la D'Hebron
29 November 28, 1998 Bilbao Pabellon de la Castilla
30 November 30, 1998 Lisbon Portugal Pavilhão Atlântico
31 December 1, 1998 Madrid Spain Palacio de la Commidad
32 December 4, 1998 Milan Italy Palavobis
33 December 9, 1998 Copenhagen Denmark KB Halle
34 December 10, 1998 Oslo Norway Rockefeller Music Hall
35 December 11, 1998 Stockholm Sweden Stockholm Arena
36 December 13, 1998 Hamburg Germany Grosse Freiheit 36
37 December 14, 1998 Tilburg Netherlands 013
38 December 16, 1998 Cologne Germany E-Werk
39 December 17, 1998 London England Brixton Academy
40 December 18, 1998 Deinze Belgium Breilpoort
41 December 19, 1998 Paris France Le Zénith
North America
42 December 31, 1998 Las Vegas, Nevada United States The Joint
43 January 8, 1999 Tokyo Japan NK Hall
44 January 9, 1999
45 January 11, 1999 Osaka Zepp
46 January 12, 1999
Big Day Out
47 January 15, 1999 Auckland New Zealand Ericcson Stadium
48 January 17, 1999 Gold Coast Australia Gold Coast Parklands
49 January 23, 1999 Sydney Sydney Showgrounds
50 January 26, 1999 Melbourne Melbourne Showgrounds
51 January 29, 1999 Adelaide Adelaide Showgrounds
52 January 31, 1999 Perth Bassendean Oval


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Critical reception[edit]

Music critic Tim Finn of The Kansas City Star commented that, overall, the show was "far less a spectacle than the Antichrist Superstar tour."[1]


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  2. ^ "Marilyn Manson Kicks Off Tour". MTV News. MTV Networks (Viacom). 1998-10-28. Retrieved 2011-03-21. 
  3. ^ Fischer, Blair (1998-04-03). "Cruel Summer: Lollapalooza '98 Canceled". Rolling Stone. Wenner Media LLC. Retrieved 2011-06-08. 
  4. ^ a b "Marilyn Manson Shows Canceled". VH1. MTV Networks (Viacom). 1998-06-24. Retrieved 2011-06-12. 
  5. ^ "Marilyn Manson Tour Draws First Protests, Syracuse Show May Be Blocked". MTV News. 1998-10-19. Retrieved 2011-03-21.