View Full Version : Jul 17 2009 - Cricket Pavillion - Phoenix, AZ

06-20-2009, 05:39 AM
Tell us who's going, chat about meet ups and chat about the show afterwards.

07-15-2009, 05:23 PM
I'll be at this show... I'm quite miffed, I bought seats specifically to be on the Twiggy side, and now he's switched to the other side of the stage. Can't you still play guitar on the same side?? :P

... I'm kind of sad I'm the only one to post in this thread. :(

07-16-2009, 09:18 AM
I'd recently decided to try and add this show to my itinerary even though I'm not holding a ticket but I think I have miss it now. I'm gonna try and make Albuquerque instead, I guess.

07-16-2009, 07:08 PM
That's probably for the best... it's supposed to be 113 degrees in Phoenix tomorrow. Argh.

Dante Dellamorte
07-18-2009, 06:39 AM

07-18-2009, 07:23 AM

Thanks for posting.
Sweet Dreams sounds good, The Beautiful People not really...

07-19-2009, 01:28 AM
I feel like such a stranger here lately (busy planning an expo, server problems, etc), but I found this favorable review from azcentral.com:

The Valley got its yearly dose of metal madness Friday, July 17, when the second installment of the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival rolled through town.

The sweltering heat didn't keep metalheads from packing the seats at Cricket Wireless Pavilion to throw their devil horns in the sky. And who better to host the party then rock super villain Marilyn Manson and Slayer?

Thick layers of fog covered the heavy washes of red lighting as Tom Araya and Slayer hit the stage, kicking off their 60-minute set with their "Darkness of Christ" intro before hitting the crowd with what felt like a hail of bullets, but was actually "Disciple" from 2001's "God Hates Us All." A thrash-heavy "War Ensemble" followed, which made you feel like you might be in the middle of some sort of post-apocalyptic battle. Metal's evilest band's assault did start to lose steam as the show went on, with much of the material blending together. They did manage to recover later in the set though, with "Angel of Death" and "South of Heaven" before ending with the Guitar Hero classic "Raining Blood," which received the best reaction from their rabid fan base.

As some of the finicky Slayer fans headed for the exits, it was clear that Marilyn Manson would have his work cut out for him if he didn't want to be upstaged by the metal pioneers. And on this night, the unpredictable rocker was up for the challenge.

After a huge black curtain that had draped the stage dropped, Manson emerged from the shadows sporting a pirate hat and black leather jacket as they launched into "We're from America" from Manson's latest effort, "The High End of Low." The Goth rocker quickly ditched the hat and jacket before the start of "Disposable Teens," which featured a bass-heavy thump provided by local guitar hero and former My Darling Murder/Ashes Divide guitarist-turned-bassist Andy Gerold. Manson's metal massacre peaked early in his short set during "Little Horn" as he stomped around the stage screaming "Save yourself from this" and towered over fans on his cat walk.

Manson encouraged the crowd to chant "We hate love, we love hate" before a raucous version of the opening track from 1994's "Antichrist Superstar," "Irresponsible Hate Anthem," which sent the fans into a frenzy. He calmed the crowd in a hurry when he dove headfirst into the self-indulgent "Four Rusted Horses," which featured a Johnny Cash-inspired guitar intro by guitarist Twiggy Ramirez and Manson singing "Everyone will come to my funeral to make sure that I stay dead/You can't take this from me/Forbidden in heaven and useless in hell" while confetti covered the stage. At times, Manson seemed a little winded, but overall his vocals were on target and his screams were just as piercing as ever on tracks like "Tourniquet" and a shortened version of "Sweet Dreams." Predictably, "The Beautiful People" rounded out the solid 11-song set.

On the surface, it's hard to understand why Manson and Slayer would be billed together on any tour. Musically, they have very little in common. Visually, they couldn't be more different. But watching as the show unfolds, you get the feeling they're like two heavyweights battling for the title. And on this night, Manson won the battle but the war will continue all summer long.

Other noteworthy performances throughout the day included main stagers Bullet for My Valentine and Killswitch Engage. There is never a dull moment with Killswitch Engage and their humorous guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz, who worked the crowd while singer Howard Jones showed that he is the best singer on the tour during Killswitch staples "My Curse" and "Holy Diver."

Source: http://www.azcentral.com/thingstodo/mus ... tival.html (http://www.azcentral.com/thingstodo/music/articles/2009/07/18/20090718mayhemfestival.html)

Hope y'all are well!

07-19-2009, 02:42 AM
Great review, thanks for posting it !

07-19-2009, 03:30 AM
^ You're welcome! XD

07-19-2009, 07:47 AM
The review is very positive, great! Thanks for posting. :D

07-19-2009, 09:05 AM
Awesome review!

07-19-2009, 02:31 PM
Thanks for posting the video, and the review. I love seeing positive reviews in a paper; so many columnists are so negative with reviews because they're so jaded from doing them all the time, it's refreshing when they actually like something. Unfortunately, I think it may have been a bit generous...

I'm not trying to hate on MM, I love them. I'm a die-hard fan. I had a ton of fun at the show, and I enjoyed it a lot. But it was still the worst Marilyn Manson show I have ever seen in person.

A lot of this was totally not their fault. Problems had been plaguing the the fest all day (the drum risers actually collapsed at the end of Trivium's set on the second stage), and the heat was awful. it was at least 115 degrees, and in the dead of summer here it doesn't get much below 100 even after dark. The acoustics at the Pavilion aren't great on a good day, and on Friday they had the drums mic'd so loud that they drowned out most of the other instruments.

That being said, MM were still off their A game. They opened with "We're From America", which sounded awesome, until Manson started singing. He came in on the completely wrong note or pitch or whatever, and it made me wonder if there wasn't something wrong with his ear monitor or something. By the middle of the song he'd gotten back on track, or at least back to the Manson we're used to hearing these days, but their timing had gotten off at some point, and remained off for the first four songs. They seemed to pull it together better for Little Horn and Hate Anthem, though, and when they played Four Rusted Horses, it was bad ass, absolutely their best song of the night. Manson's singing was on target, Twiggy nailed the guitars and his back-up singing was amazing... I hadn't expected that song to rock so hard live, it was great. They did a lot better after that.

Manson still had a lot of trouble with finishing lines from some songs, but you could tell it was because of exhaustion, not because he was forgetting lyrics. The heat was really fucking horrible, and a dust storm had kicked up just after dark, so it was pretty hard to breathe. He made plenty of comments on the weather, like "Everybody here knows they're going to hell... it's so hot I think we're there right now!", or "Phoenix!...Hades!...Hell!" I'm glad to say he was actually drinking water onstage, not beer like I heard he was drinking at a California show, but he did still take his oxygen on stage... in fact, he had it brought to him right at the front of the catwalk part of the stage, with the spotlight right on him, at least three times during the show. Was he trying to make a statement? It was almost like he was saying "Look at me! Every night I parade on this stage and I put on this circus for you, and look how I suffer for it!"

I love Twiggy to death, but his performance on guitar was, well... not great. He seemed to fall a little behind on the timing for some songs, and he completely butchered the solo on Tourniquet. The whole show, he was concentrating so hard on playing; there was no posing or posturing like he did on the last tour, and he didn't move around at all. It seemed for the most part that he was just not comfortable with it (though there were some exceptions, like FRH), and that he wasn't having fun. Though, again, it was like a million degrees there, so I don't know how much fun there was to be had. I just wish they'd kept Twiggy on bass... sorry Twiggs.

They actually played a lot of samples from Smells Like Children between songs ("Sympathy for the Parents" and "Fuck Frankie" to name a few), so that was pretty cool and unexpected. I do wish they'd quit playing Sweet Dreams live, I'm so sick of that song. And I really wish they'd played more of the new stuff in their set, but I suppose they were trying to keep with the heavier vibe of the festival.

The festival was a lot of fun, and I don't regret going... Killswitch Engage was fucking great, so that helped me feel like I got my money's worth. But I did leave with a slight sense of disappointment, and as I was walking out to my car another girl in a Manson shirt tapped me on the shoulder, and with a sad look on her face asked me "Is it just me, or did Manson suck dick tonight?" And I had to frown and agree, "Yeah... it was pretty bad. I wish Twiggy hadn't been on guitar." To which she sighed and said "I wish Manson hadn't been singing."

That pretty much summed it up.

07-19-2009, 06:47 PM
Glad to read something about Slayer's set. I was unfamiliar with them in 2007, but now I do enjoy a bit of their stuff (especially "God Hates Us All") and can't wait to hear Disciple. Sorry to read about Manson. I am hoping the weather had a huge part in it, but I'm not quite sure.

Maniac Master
07-19-2009, 06:57 PM
thanks for posting the reviewes!

07-20-2009, 04:41 PM
Thanks for the review disintigrator82 and the video Dante Dellamorte. And you're all welcome for the review I posted.

07-21-2009, 06:25 PM
Found this on twitter, performance of 'We're from America'

www.vimeo.com/5692748 (http://www.vimeo.com/5692748)

Password is: MAYHEM

07-21-2009, 10:42 PM
Thanks !

07-22-2009, 03:10 AM
That video seems to just be footage from the tour, but with the studio version of We're From America playing over the top.

07-22-2009, 04:39 AM
^^Yeah I was wondering that myself.

08-15-2009, 02:05 PM
I totally forgot I had pics from this show to post, lol. Not many of them turned out, but here are the ones that did.

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Killswitch Engage










Marilyn Manson






08-15-2009, 03:12 PM
cool pics!