Concert Review: Masters of Madness at Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica

Given the way Marilyn Manson and Alice Cooper’s careers have declined, you could jokingly refer to their current co-headlining tour as Masters of Sadness rather than Masters of Madness. After all, Manson isn’t as menacing as he once was. And Cooper, well, he’s just old. But despite their limitations, Manson and Cooper still know how to entertain and they certainly lived up to their respective reputations last night at Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica.

Manson started the show off with a 70-minute set of heavy-hitting industrial rock. He made the most of a relatively short amount of time on stage and regularly changed outfits and used a variety of props, including a pulpit and a giant chair. He stood atop a set of stilts while covering the Eurythmics “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)” and put on a pair of Mickey Mouse ears for “This is the New Shit.” While his vocals were often lost in the sound mix, they became more audible by the set’s end when the band played the rousing “The Beautiful People” and showered the audience with confetti.

Like this story?
SCENE Supporters make it possible to tell the Cleveland stories you won’t find elsewhere.
Become a supporter today.

Jeff Niesel

Jeff has been covering the Cleveland music scene for more than 20 years now. And on a regular basis, he tries to talk to whatever big acts are coming through town, too. If you're in a band that he needs to hear, email him at [email protected].
Scroll to read more Cleveland News articles

Join Cleveland Scene Newsletters

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.