Portrait of an American Family (tour)

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Portrait of an American Family
Tour by Marilyn Manson
Associated album Portrait of an American Family
Start date December 27, 1994
End date March 11, 1995
Shows 43
Marilyn Manson concert chronology
Independent Touring
(1990-1994)
Portrait of an American Family
(1994-1995)
Smells Like Children
(1995-1996)

The Portrait of an American Family Tour was Marilyn Manson's first headlining tour. It was launched in support of the band's first full-length debut album, Portrait of an American Family, which was released on July 19, 1994, five months before the tour began.

The tour began on December 27, 1994, in Jacksonville, Florida, at Club 5. After this show, the first night of the tour, frontman Marilyn Manson was arrested and taken into custody for violating the Adult Entertainment Code by allegedly donning a strap-on dildo on stage. In spite of this, Manson was freed and the band appeared in Orlando the following night as scheduled.

The tour concluded on March 11, 1995, after the band had played 43 shows. The last show was played in Columbia, South Carolina, at the Alcatrazz venue.

Lineup[edit]

Stage antics[edit]

During these concerts, the stage was usually arranged with living room décor, not unlike that on the cover of Portrait of an American Family. A table with a lamp was the most commonly seen piece at the shows. The first and last shows included the most memorable incidents of the tour. On December 27, 1994, Manson was misidentified as "jacking off a strap-on dildo" and "urinating on the crowd,"[1] resulting in his arrest just one night into the tour. When concluding the concerts with a South Carolina show on March 11, 1995, Manson slipped on a beer bottle, smashing it. Angry, Manson picked up a piece of the bottle and cut his chest "from one side to the other," his first act of notoriously cutting himself on-stage. Closing the performance, the band also ignited drummer Sara Lee Lucas' kit in an attempt to ignite only his bass drum. Claims that Lucas himself was lit aflame have been made by Manson but are disputed by Lucas.[2]

Tour overview[edit]

  • The tour ran from December 27, 1994, to March 11, 1995. The band completed 43 shows.
  • The performances in Carrboro and Columbia were rescheduled to the last two dates of the tour. These performances were originally scheduled for February 16, 1994, and February 18, 1994, respectively.

Tour dates[edit]

# Date City Country Venue
1 December 27, 1994 Jacksonville United States Club 5
2 December 28, 1994 Orlando The Edge
3 December 29, 1994 Tampa Jannus Landing
4 December 31, 1994 Fort Lauderdale The Edge
5 January 11, 1995 Houston Abyss
6 January 13, 1995 Dallas Trees
7 January 14, 1995 Austin Backroom
8 January 15, 1995 San Antonio Player's Club
9 January 17, 1995 El Paso
10 January 18, 1995 Mesa Nile
11 January 19, 1995 Los Angeles Whiskey
12 January 21, 1995 San Francisco Bottom of the Hill
13 January 22, 1995 Palo Alto The Edge
14 January 24, 1995 Slidell The Snake Pit
15 January 25, 1995 Vancouver Canada Pacific Coliseum
16 January 27, 1995 Salt Lake City United States
17 January 30, 1995 St. Louis Mississippi Nights
18 February 1, 1995 Minneapolis First Avenue
19 February 2, 1995 Milwaukee Shank Hill
20 February 3, 1995 Chicago Metro
21 February 4, 1995 Detroit St. Andrews Hall
22 February 5, 1995 Lakewood Phantsy Theatre
23 February 7, 1995 Toronto Canada Opera House
24 February 9, 1995 Boston United States Middle East Café
25 February 10, 1995 Northampton Pearl Street Nightclub
26 February 11, 1995 Providence Club Babyhead
27 February 12, 1995 New York City Limelight
28 February 14, 1995 Washington, D.C. Opera House
29 February 17, 1995 New Orleans Muddy Waters
30 February 21, 1995 Atlanta Point
31 February 22, 1995 Athens Georgia State Theatre
32 February 24, 1995 Syracuse
33 February 25, 1995 Philadelphia Theater for Living Arts
34 February 27, 1995 Middletown Sportland Café
35 March 1, 1995 Oldbridge Birch Hill Night Club
36 March 2, 1995 Lido Beach Malibu Night Club
37 March 4, 1995 Buffalo Network
38 March 6, 1995 Albany QE2
39 March 7, 1995 Lancaster Chameleon Club
40 March 8, 1995 Cincinnati Bogarts
41 March 9, 1995 Winston-Salem Ziggy's Tavern
42 March 10, 1995 Carrboro Cat's Cradle
43 March 11, 1995 Columbia Alcatrazz

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.spookhouse.net/history.htm
  2. ^ Sara Lee Lucas told MansonWiki in November 2010, "I was never lit on fire, and my kit was never intentionally ignited. My decision to leave the band was made long before that last show but I didn't want to leave in the middle of tour."