The High End of Low Tour

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The High End of Low
Tour by Marilyn Manson
Associated albumThe High End of Low
Start dateJune 3, 2009
End dateDecember 21, 2009
No. of shows112 (planned)
108 (completed)
Marilyn Manson concert chronology

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 oversized 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 light up signage flashing the word D-R-U-G-S used on the Mechanical Animals Tour, Beautiful Monsters 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
June 3, 2009 Brno Czech Republic Velodrom
June 5, 2009 Nürburgring Germany Rock Am Ring
June 6, 2009 Nuremberg Rock Im Park
June 8, 2009 Innsbruck Austria Olympiahalle
June 9, 2009 Bratislava Slovakia Incheba Expo
June 11, 2009 Dresden Germany Junge Garden
June 13, 2009 Derby England Download Festival
June 17, 2009 Porto Portugal Porto Portugal Coliseum
June 19, 2009 Bilbao Spain Kobetasonik Festival
June 20, 2009 Clisson France HELLFEST
June 22, 2009 Vienne Theatre Antique
June 23, 2009 Geneva Switzerland SEG Geneva Arena
June 24, 2009 Linz Austria Intersport Arena
June 27, 2009 Gothenburg Sweden Metaltown Festival
June 28, 2009 Dessel Belgium Graspop Metal Meeting
July 1, 2009 Kristiansand Norway The Quart Festival
July 4, 2009 Sopron Hungary Volt Festival
Rockstar Mayhem Festival
July 10, 2009 Wheatland United States Sleep Train Amphitheatre
July 11, 2009 Mountain View Shoreline Amphitheatre
July 12, 2009 San Bernardino Glen Helen Pavilion
July 14, 2009 Auburn White River Amphitheatre
July 17, 2009 Phoenix Cricket Pavilion
July 18, 2009 Albuquerque Journal Pavilion
July 19, 2009 Greenwood Village Coors Amphitheatre
July 21, 2009 Bonner Springs Sandstone Amphitheater
July 22, 2009 Maryland Heights Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
July 24, 2009 Atlanta Lakewood Amphitheater
July 25, 2009 Noblesville Verizon Wireless Music Center
July 26, 2009 Tinley Park First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
July 28, 2009 Toronto Canada Molson Amphitheater
July 29, 2009 Scranton United States Toyota Pavilion
July 31, 2009 Cuyahoga Falls Blossom Music Center
August 1, 2009 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Pavilion
August 2, 2009 Clarkston DTE Energy Music Theatre
August 4, 2009 Mansfield Tweeter Center for the Performing Arts
August 6, 2009 Virginia Beach Virginia Beach Amphitheater
August 7, 2009 Camden Tweeter Center at the Waterfront
August 8, 2009 Hartford New England Dodge Music Center
August 9, 2009 Bristow Nissan Pavilion
August 11, 2009 Tampa Ford Amphitheatre
August 12, 2009 West Palm Beach Sound Advice Amphitheater
August 14, 2009 San Antonio AT&T Center
August 15, 2009 Dallas Center
August 16, 2009 Oklahoma City Zoo Amphitheater
North America
August 21, 2009 Paradise United States The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino
August 22, 2009 San Diego House of Blues
August 24, 2009 Anaheim Grove of Anaheim
August 25, 2009 Pomona The Fox Theatre
August 26, 2009 Ventura Majestic Ventura Theatre
August 28, 2009 San Francisco The Warfield
August 29, 2009 Reno Grand Sierra Resort and Casino
August 31, 2009 Spokane Knitting Factory
September 1, 2009 Missoula Wilma Theatre
September 3, 2009 Spokane Knitting Factory
September 4, 2009 Boise Knitting Factory
September 5, 2009 Magna The Great Saltair
September 7, 2009 Portland Roseland Theatre
September 8, 2009 Victoria Canada Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre
September 10, 2009 Calgary Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
September 11, 2009 Edmonton Shaw Conference Centre
September 13, 2009 Winnipeg MTS Centre
September 14, 2009 Maplewood United States Minneapolis Theater
September 15, 2009 Milwaukee The Rave/ Eagles Ballroom
September 17, 2009 Toronto Canada Air Canada Centre
September 19, 2009 London John Labatt Centre
September 20, 2009 Ottawa Scotiabank Place
September 22, 2009 Montreal Bell Centre
September 23, 2009 Quebec City Pavillon de la Jeunesse
September 25, 2009 Halifax Halifax Metro Centre
September 26, 2009 Moncton Moncton Coliseum
October 5, 2009 Perth Australia Challenge Stadium
October 7, 2009 Adelaide Thebarton Theatre
October 8, 2009
October 10, 2009 Melbourne Festival Hall
October 11, 2009
October 13, 2009 Sydney Enmore Theatre
October 14, 2009 Hordern Pavilion
October 17, 2009 Brisbane Brisbane Entertainment Centre
October 20, 2009 Osaka Japan Zepp
October 21, 2009 Nagoya Zepp
October 22, 2009 Tokyo Zepp
October 24, 2009 Mihama V-Rock Festival
November 6, 2009 Malmö Sweden Malmö Arena
November 8, 2009 Oslo Norway Oslo Spektrum
November 9, 2009 Stockholm Sweden Ericsson Globe
November 11, 2009 Helsinki Finland Hartwall Arena
November 12, 2009 Saint Petersburg Russia New Arena
November 13, 2009 Moscow B1 Maximum Club
November 15, 2009 Riga Latvia Arena Riga
November 17, 2009 Warsaw Poland Stodola
November 18, 2009 Berlin Germany Tempodrome
November 19, 2009 Cologne Palladium
November 21, 2009 Hamburg Alsterdorfer Sporthalle
November 23, 2009 Frankfurt Jahrhunderthalle
November 24, 2009 Munich Zenith Halle
November 26, 2009 Treviso Italy Palaverde
November 27, 2009 Milan PalaSharp
November 29, 2009 Toulouse France Le Zénith
December 1, 2009 Lisbon Portugal Campo Pequeno bullring
December 3, 2009 Madrid Spain Palacio de los Deportes
December 4, 2009 Barcelona Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys
December 6, 2009 Lille France Zénith de Lille
December 7, 2009 Amsterdam Netherlands Heineken Music Hall
December 9, 2009 London England O2 Academy Brixton
December 10, 2009
December 13, 2009 Birmingham O2 Academy Birmingham
December 14, 2009 Manchester Manchester Academy
December 15, 2009 Glasgow Scotland O2 Academy Glasgow
December 17, 2009 Nottingham England Trent FM Arena
December 18, 2009 Antwerp Belgium Lotto Arena
December 20, 2009 Luxembourg Luxembourg Rockhal[6]
December 21, 2009 Paris France Le Zénith


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  4. ^ SLAYER & MARILYN MANSON to headline Mayhem Fest 2009 – Full Lineup and Itinerary
  5. ^ Versailles get dolled up for visual-kei fest | The Japan Times Online
  6. ^ "Marilyn Manson December 20, 2009 Rockhal show info". Rockhal. 2009-12-20. Archived from the original on July 22, 2011. Retrieved 2011-05-29.