May 13, 7 p.m., $49.50/$55
The Orbit Room, Grand Rapids
orbitroom.com, (616) 942-1328
If your mom wouldn’t let you see Marilyn Manson in the mid-‘90s when he was riding high on a wave of psychosexual controversy, now’s your chance to really get a rise out of her. The polarizing performer at the head of the eponymous band ransacked pop culture with his searing music videos, a shocking look that was equal parts Ziggy Stardust and Night of the Living Dead, and a sex-soaked mythos that put him at the center of parental action groups and rumors both benign and alarming. (No, he wasn’t Paul from The Wonder Years and no, he didn’t have any ribs removed so he could perform sex acts on himself, thank you very much.)
Manson’s music was as challenging as the artist himself. It bloomed from harsh industrial to glam rock to alt metal over the course of three concept albums —Antichrist Superstar, Mechanical Animals, and Holy Wood — incorporating elements of punk and goth.
Marilyn Manson’s newest album, The Pale Emperor, dropped in January, and features electric blues and (gasp) dance rock. One thing you can say about him: He never stops surprising.