Light from a dead star, as Marilyn Manson tries too hard at Download:
Marilyn Manson played Download this evening (June 13) and was joined onstage by a small entourage of make up and costume assistants, who primped and preened him after almost every song.
Wow. He's gone from being deeply gothy to Ugly Betty.
Tell us about the entrance, then, NME:
Manson arrived on the main stage at 7.20pm [BST], ten minutes after he was scheduled to appear. A giant black sheet which was covering the stage dropped dramatically to reveal...
Ooh! What? What did the god of twisted-evil-headfuckery have behind his big sheet? Virgins being deflowered by zombies? Priests having their innards fed to hounds? What? How did Manson twist everyone's minds?
...to reveal Manson sporting a gigantic hat.
Oh. A big hat.
Did I say Ugly Betty? It's more a mid-season challenge on Britain's Next Top Model.
Still, anyone following the NME store's suggestions of Manson records would rediscover a sense of nauseated horror: