The Allstate Arena surged with a thunderous power on Monday night for Marilyn Manson and Slayer’s co-headlining tour. The crowd comprised of two very different, yet very similar groups meshed well together to enjoy a night complete with a full set from each performer. The Rosemont date marked the halfway point of there 25 stop stretch that’s focusing on fan favorite music as well as a visually stimulating atmosphere.
Stepping through the curtains of the Allstate felt like walking into the depths of the underworld. Fog rolled around a packed floor of sweating bodies surrounded in red light as the tension built awaiting Slayer’s arrival. Chants for the band turned into cheers as the opening riffs of “Flesh Storm” brought down the curtain and started the performance. Two mosh pits exploded side by sided in front of the stage and heads banged all the way to the back of the arena. The highlight of the performance was a back to back onslaught of “South of Heaven” and “Rain in Blood”.
The audience then shifted and a slightly younger group clad in make up and a creative display of Gothic attire pressed against the barricade. Marilyn Manson sang his first words of the evening and the crowd smashed forward straining to get a closer look at the unpredictable performer. Complete with a dagger shaped microphone and elbow high black vinyl gloves, the rocker was true to form bringing his eerie presence to the stage. The elaborate light show and robotic/corpse like movements from the rest of the Manson band was a perfect compliment to the music. The visuals, the sounds, and the energy of both Manson and the crowd combined for an excellent close out to a late Monday night double header.