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
No. of shows 43
Marilyn Manson concert chronology

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.


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
December 27, 1994 Jacksonville United States Club 5
December 28, 1994 Orlando The Edge
December 29, 1994 Tampa Jannus Landing
December 31, 1994 Fort Lauderdale The Edge
January 11, 1995 Houston Abyss
January 13, 1995 Dallas Trees
January 14, 1995 Austin Backroom
January 15, 1995 San Antonio Showcase
January 17, 1995 El Paso Club 101
January 18, 1995 Mesa Nile
January 19, 1995 Los Angeles Whiskey
January 21, 1995 San Francisco Bottom of the Hill
January 22, 1995 Palo Alto The Edge
January 24, 1995 Slidell The Snake Pit
January 25, 1995 Vancouver Canada Pacific Coliseum
January 27, 1995 Salt Lake City United States
January 30, 1995 St. Louis Mississippi Nights
February 1, 1995 Minneapolis First Avenue
February 2, 1995 Milwaukee Shank Hill
February 3, 1995 Chicago Metro
February 4, 1995 Detroit St. Andrews Hall
February 5, 1995 Lakewood Phantsy Theatre
February 7, 1995 Toronto Canada Opera House
February 9, 1995 Boston United States Middle East Café
February 10, 1995 Northampton Pearl Street Nightclub
February 11, 1995 Providence Club Babyhead
February 12, 1995 New York City Limelight
February 14, 1995 Washington, D.C. Opera House
February 17, 1995 New Orleans Muddy Waters
February 21, 1995 Atlanta Point
February 22, 1995 Athens Georgia State Theatre
February 24, 1995 Syracuse
February 25, 1995 Philadelphia Theater for Living Arts
February 27, 1995 Middletown Sportland Café
March 1, 1995 Oldbridge Birch Hill Night Club
March 2, 1995 Lido Beach Malibu Night Club
March 4, 1995 Buffalo Network
March 6, 1995 Albany QE2
March 7, 1995 Lancaster Chameleon Club
March 8, 1995 Cincinnati Bogarts
March 9, 1995 Winston-Salem Ziggy's Tavern
March 10, 1995 Carrboro Cat's Cradle
March 11, 1995 Columbia Alcatrazz


  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."