The High End of Low Tour

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The High End of Low
Tour by Marilyn Manson
Associated album The High End of Low
Start date June 3, 2009
End date December 21, 2009
Shows 112 (planned)
108 (completed)
Marilyn Manson concert chronology
Rape of the World
The High End of Low Tour
Hey Cruel World... Tour

The High End of Low Tour was a worldwide arena tour by American rock band Marilyn Manson. It was the twelfth tour the band embarked upon and the eighth to span multiple legs. The tour ran from June 3, 2009 until December 21, 2009. The only known tour date of the tour's seventh leg in 2010 was cancelled. During the last show in France, Manson announced that there would be no further tour dates in 2010.[1]

In the vein of the album themes and imagery revolving around Manson's conception of life as a movie, the live counterpart of The High End of Low reflects this theatricality by simulating each song in the live tour as a different act. Replete with cinema-derived stage lighting illuminating Manson, the separation between "backstage"/"onstage" has been lifted to portray this cinematic effect; Manson reapplies his makeup front-and-center onstage, stagehands assist with wardrobe changes in full view of the audience, and the final illustration of this concept is that prior to each song's commencement afterwards, a stagehand emerges and signifies that each new act has begun by use of a clapperboard in front of Manson, as if to convey the filmic mantra of "lights, camera, action" and the song begins.[2]

A new theatric stage was revealed in the first European leg of "The High End Of Low Tour". During "Great Big White World" Manson performed in an over-sized white lightbox. The song was entirely sung behind the semi-transparent sheet, removed from the audience. "If I Was Your Vampire", which also deals with a similar lovelorn isolation, was alternately performed with this theatrical device on early dates of the tour.[3]

Marilyn Manson joined Slayer as headliners for the Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival tour in 2009. The press release for the tour stated that "Manson is currently in the studio working on his seventh studio album scheduled for release May 18th on Interscope Records." On February 2, Rolling Stone confirmed the album had been officially titled The High End of Low.

After much fan speculation and no official announcement, Andy Gerold joined Marilyn Manson in the capacity of live bassist after former bassist Twiggy Ramirez switched to lead guitar duties. Gerold played his first show with the band on June 3, 2009, in Brno, Czech Republic. As of 2011, Gerold is still the youngest musician to play in the band, preceding former drummer Sara Lee Lucas by nearly seven years. During the summer of 2009, the band co-headlined the 2009 Mayhem Festival with Slayer.[4] Later in October 2009, the band headlined the internationally advertised V-Rock Festival '09.[5]

Performance and show themes[edit]

Last Marilyn Manson presentation Of Eat Me, Drink Me, before the release of "The High End of Low", with the background D-R-U-G-S used on the Mechanical Animals Tour and Rock Is Dead Tour.

For most of the tour, Manson wore the same sleeveless black shirt with a razor blade image on the front, as well as his signature black skin tight leather trousers. For most performances of "Devour" or "Great Big White World", Manson wore a white coat. For some performances of "Great Big White World", Manson would rip his way out of a box sealed in a plastic wrap. For performances of "Dried Up, Tied and Dead to the World", Manson would play guitar. For performances of "If I Was Your Vampire", "Arma-goddamn-motherfuckin-geddon" " Running to the Edge of the World" "Leave a Scar", Manson used a microphone in the shape of a knife, as he previously used during the Rape of the World Tour. For performances of "Four Rusted Horses (Opening Titles Version)", Manson burnt a Bible, as he has notably done during past performances of "Antichrist Superstar".

For most performances of "Pretty as a Swastika" and "Arma-goddamn-motherfuckin-geddon", banners baring the dollar sign logo were on stage. For performances of "Irresponsible Hate Anthem", Manson wore a Nazi helmet and held the flag of whichever country he was performing in. Also for performances of "Pretty as a Swastika", Manson wore the hat of a Nazi officer. During the European leg, for performances of "Devour" and "Coma White"/"Coma Black", a large promotional photo of his room was used as a backdrop. During European leg, for performances of "Cruci-Fiction in Space", Manson wore gloves with lasers attached to the fingers. For performances of "The Dope Show", Manson wore a top hat. For performances of "The Dope Show", dialogue from the film, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, would play before the song was performed. The dialogue features talk and usage of cocaine. Also for performances of "The Dope Show" and "Leave a Scar", Manson made use of film projectors. During the performance of "Running to the Edge of the World" on Barcelona, Spain, Manson sang to Evan Rachel Wood, with the knife microphone, as she pretended to bleed to death, lying on a bed that had been set up center stage.

Set list[edit]

The most commonly played songs, in the order they were most generally performed, were:

  1. "Intro"
  2. "Cruci-Fiction in Space"
  3. "Disposable Teens"
  4. "Pretty as a Swastika"
  5. "Little Horn"
  6. "The Love Song"
  7. "Irresponsible Hate Anthem"
  8. "Four Rusted Horses (Opening Titles Version)"
  9. "Arma-Goddamn-Motherfuckin-Geddon"
  10. "Devour"
  11. "Track 99"
  12. "Dried Up, Tied and Dead to the World"
  13. "Blank and White"
  14. "Coma White" / "Coma Black (a) Eden Eye"
  15. "Running to the Edge of the World"
  16. "I Want to Kill You Like They Do in the Movies"
  17. "We're from America"
  18. "Leave a Scar" (contains intro from "Abuse, Part 1 (There Is Pain Involved)")
  19. "The Dope Show" (contains intro from "Dewey Cox Cocaine")
  20. "Wight Spider"
  21. "Rock Is Dead" (contains intro from "Dancing with the One-Legged...")
  22. "WOW"
  23. "Great Big White World" (With "Fuck Frankie" intro)
  24. "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)"
  25. "Whole Wide World"
  26. "Rock 'n' Roll Nigger"
  27. "If I Was Your Vampire"
  28. "Tourniquet"
  29. "The Beautiful People" (contains intro from "Baby You're a Rich Man")

Broadcasts & Recordings[edit]

It Is known that Multiple concerts were captured during this tour, though all the material has been archived.

Tour dates[edit]

# Date City Country Venue
European Festival Tour
1 June 3, 2009 Brno Czech Republic Velodrom
2 June 5, 2009 Nürburgring Germany Rock Am Ring
3 June 6, 2009 Nuremberg Rock Im Park
4 June 8, 2009 Innsbruck Austria Olympiahalle
5 June 9, 2009 Bratislava Slovakia Incheba Expo
6 June 11, 2009 Dresden Germany Junge Garden
7 June 13, 2009 Derby England Download Festival
8 June 17, 2009 Porto Portugal Porto Portugal Coliseum
9 June 19, 2009 Bilbao Spain Kobetasonik Festival
10 June 20, 2009 Clisson France HELLFEST
11 June 22, 2009 Vienne Theatre Antique
12 June 23, 2009 Geneva Switzerland SEG Geneva Arena
13 June 24, 2009 Linz Austria Intersport Arena
14 June 27, 2009 Göteborg Sweden Metaltown Festival
15 June 28, 2009 Dessel Belgium Graspop Metal Meeting
16 July 1, 2009 Kristiansand Norway The Quart Festival
17 July 4, 2009 Sopron Hungary Volt Festival
Rockstar Mayhem Festival
18 July 10, 2009 Wheatland, California United States Sleep Train Amphitheatre
19 July 11, 2009 Mountain View, California Shoreline Amphitheatre
20 July 12, 2009 San Bernardino, California Glen Helen Pavilion
21 July 14, 2009 Auburn, Washington White River Amphitheater
22 July 17, 2009 Phoenix, Arizona Cricket Pavilion
23 July 18, 2009 Albuquerque, New Mexico Journal Pavilion
24 July 19, 2009 Greenwood Village, Colorado Coors Amphitheatre
25 July 21, 2009 Bonner Springs, Kansas Sandstone Amphitheater
26 July 22, 2009 Maryland Heights, Missouri Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
27 July 24, 2009 Atlanta, Georgia Lakewood Amphitheater
28 July 25, 2009 Noblesville, Indiana Verizon Wireless Music Center
29 July 26, 2009 Tinley Park, Illinois First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
30 July 28, 2009 Toronto, Ontario Canada Molson Amphitheater
31 July 29, 2009 Scranton, Pennsylvania United States Toyota Pavilion
32 July 31, 2009 Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio Blossom Music Center
33 August 1, 2009 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Post Gazette Pavilion
34 August 2, 2009 Clarkston, Michigan DTE Energy Music Theatre
35 August 4, 2009 Mansfield, Massachusetts Tweeter Center for the Performing Arts
36 August 6, 2009 Virginia Beach, Virginia Virginia Beach Amphitheater
37 August 7, 2009 Camden, New Jersey Tweeter Center at the Waterfront
38 August 8, 2009 Hartford, Connecticut New England Dodge Music Center
39 August 9, 2009 Bristow, Virginia Nissan Pavilion
40 August 11, 2009 Tampa, Florida Ford Amphitheatre
41 August 12, 2009 West Palm Beach, Florida Sound Advice Amphitheater
42 August 14, 2009 San Antonio, Texas AT&T Center
43 August 15, 2009 Dallas, Texas Center
44 August 16, 2009 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Zoo Amphitheater
North America
45 August 21, 2009 Paradise, Nevada United States The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino
46 August 22, 2009 San Diego, California House of Blues
47 August 24, 2009 Anaheim, California Grove of Anaheim
48 August 25, 2009 Pomona, California The Fox Theatre
49 August 26, 2009 Ventura, California Majestic Ventura Theatre
50 August 28, 2009 San Francisco, California The Warfield
51 August 29, 2009 Reno, Nevada Grand Sierra Resort and Casino
52 August 31, 2009 Spokane, Washington Knitting Factory
53 September 1, 2009 Missoula, Montana Wilma Theatre
54 September 3, 2009 Spokane, Washington Knitting Factory
55 September 4, 2009 Boise, Idaho Knitting Factory
56 September 5, 2009 Magna, Utah The Great Saltair
57 September 7, 2009 Portland, Oregon Roseland Theatre
58 September 8, 2009 Victoria, British Columbia Canada Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre
59 September 10, 2009 Calgary, Alberta Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
60 September 11, 2009 Edmonton, Alberta Shaw Conference Centre
61 September 13, 2009 Winnipeg, Manitoba MTS Centre
62 September 14, 2009 Maplewood, Minnesota United States Minneapolis Theater
63 September 15, 2009 Milwaukee, Wisconsin The Rave/ Eagles Ballroom
64 September 17, 2009 Toronto, Ontario Canada Air Canada Centre
65 September 19, 2009 London, Ontario John Labatt Centre
66 September 20, 2009 Kanata, Ontario Scotiabank Place
67 September 22, 2009 Montreal, Quebec Bell Centre
68 September 23, 2009 Quebec City, Quebec Pavillon de la Jeunesse
69 September 25, 2009 Halifax, Nova Scotia Halifax Metro Centre
70 September 26, 2009 Moncton, New Brunswick Moncton Coliseum
71 October 5, 2009 Perth Australia Challenge Stadium
72 October 7, 2009 Adelaide Thebarton Theatre
73 October 8, 2009
74 October 10, 2009 Melbourne Festival Hall
75 October 11, 2009
76 October 13, 2009 Sydney Enmore Theatre
77 October 14, 2009 Hordern Pavilion
78 October 17, 2009 Brisbane Entertainment Centre
79 October 20, 2009 Osaka Japan Zepp
80 October 21, 2009 Nagoya Zepp
81 October 22, 2009 Tokyo Zepp
82 October 24, 2009 Mihama V-Rock Festival
83 November 6, 2009 Malmö Sweden Malmö Arena
84 November 8, 2009 Oslo Norway Oslo Spektrum
85 November 9, 2009 Stockholm Sweden Ericsson Globe
86 November 11, 2009 Helsinki Finland Hartwall Areena
87 November 12, 2009 Saint Petersburg Russia New Arena
88 November 13, 2009 Moscow B1 Maximum Club
89 November 15, 2009 Riga Latvia Arena Riga
90 November 17, 2009 Warsaw Poland Stodola
91 November 18, 2009 Berlin Germany Tempodrome
92 November 19, 2009 Cologne Palladium
93 November 21, 2009 Hamburg Alsterdorfer Sporthalle
94 November 23, 2009 Frankfurt Jahrhunderthalle
95 November 24, 2009 Munich Zenith Halle
96 November 26, 2009 Treviso Italy Palaverde
97 November 27, 2009 Milan PalaSharp
98 November 29, 2009 Toulouse France Le Zénith
99 December 1, 2009 Lisbon Portugal Campo Pequeno bullring
100 December 3, 2009 Madrid Spain Palacio de los Deportes
101 December 4, 2009 Barcelona Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys
102 December 6, 2009 Lille France Le Zénith
103 December 7, 2009 Amsterdam Netherlands Heineken Music Hall
104 December 9, 2009 London England O2 Academy Brixton
105 December 10, 2009 London O2 Academy Brixton
106 December 13, 2009 Birmingham O2 Academy Birmingham
107 December 14, 2009 Manchester Manchester Academy
108 December 15, 2009 Glasgow Scotland O2 Academy Glasgow
109 December 17, 2009 Nottingham England Trent FM Arena
110 December 18, 2009 Antwerpen Belgium Lotto Arena
111 December 20, 2009 Luxembourg Luxembourg Rockhal[6]
112 December 21, 2009 Paris France Le Zénith