Last night (August 18), Marilyn Manson cut his The Woodlands, TX performance short after four songs. The singer was struggling throughout the set and even collapsed during his cover of Eurythmics‘ “Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This).“ Manson was rumored to have “food poisoning,” but in one clip he can be heard saying he had “heat poisoning.”
HoustonPress shared the following account of the set:
“The anti-Christ was in Texas and The Woodland’s crowd clamored for Satan’s little helper as time drew well past the announced set time. Just as the show was about to start the band’s tour manager escorted photographers from the pit and explained that Manson was feeling very ill and did not want his picture taken.
When Manson finally came out to “Cruci-Fiction In Space” he absolutely gave it his all. He held on to the brass knuckled microphone attached to the stand, shouting his lungs out. There were very long breaks between songs with the stage blacked out. To borrow a line from his co-headliner, Manson proved he was more human than human by coming out and giving it literally everything his body could muster. He was mostly stationary and visibly shaking at times while he braced himself with the microphone stand. Upon finishing “Sweet Dreams” he collapsed on top of one of the monitors. Roadies could be seen on the side of the stage worriedly contemplating on whether or not to assist him.
Rumor has it that the sickness was caused when Manson took holy communion earlier in the day for the first time in 30 years. That’s not true; talk backstage speculated that it was a horrible case of food poisoning.”
The site goes on to say Manson’s tourmate Rob Zombie also addressed his illness before playing their collaborative cover of “Helter Skelter”:
“My dear friend Mr. Manson is feeling under the weather. He’s probably on the bus feeling like crap. I need a partner for the next song so let’s sing it really loud and make him feel better.”