Whilst performing in New York a fortnight ago (September 30th 2017), and the third night of their headline tour to promote their new album, ‘Heaven Upside Down’, provoking metal icon Marilyn Manson was involved in an accident onstage involving a stage prop, which resulted in the band finishing their set early and, subsequently, saw Manson being taken to a local hospital for treatment.
You can read our full initial report on what happened (here) for the full overview, but essentially what happened was during the band’s rendition of their popular Eurythmics cover of ‘Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)’, Manson proceeded to climb onto a stage prop in the middle of the stage. The prop itself was of two handguns, back-to-back to one another, and appeared to be rather large and heavy.
After standing on it for a few seconds, the prop began to fall whilst Manson was still on it and, before he was able to move out of harm’s way, it crushed Manson‘s leg and he was pulled away on a stretcher, and a handful of his following dates were cancelled whilst he recovered back at his home in Los Angeles.
Manson has now come out with an official update on the current status of his injury and health, and has detailed his accounts on the dangerous onstage mishap with Yahoo! Music.
“I only recently watched the video of it. I can see how it could look terrifying. It was terrifying for me, because the truss was not secured properly. I wasn’t trying to climb it. It started to fall and I tried to push back and I didn’t get out the way in time. I’m not sure what I hit my head on, but it did fall onto my leg and break the fibula in two places. The pain was excruciating. It definitely could have crushed my skull and my ribs. I have some minor bruising in that area, but it took six guys to pull it off of me. It was like wrestling a giant iron monster.”
Ironically, on September 29th 2017, the day before the New York accident, Manson sprained his left ankle in Pittsburgh during the song ‘The Beautiful People’ while hopping offstage and into the crowd.
“I think it was possibly the whole nature, God, whatever it might be — someone was trying to put a stop to things. If you believe in one thing, you gotta believe in the other power”, he jokes. “I don’t know if it was my excitement and disregard for being safe in the conventional sense — like I ever have been. You get me onstage and I just get so excited. The thing that pisses me off most is that I’m not onstage, because that’s where I should be, and, with a cast on my leg, it’s hard to talk about the excitement of the tour. It got cut off right as I was about to put it into second gear. But I’ll be back there really shortly and it’s going to be as exciting as it was starting out.”
Following x-rays and examinations at the local hospital, doctors inserted a plate and 10 screws into the bone, plus another screw through his ankle bone, and then wrapped a solid cast around his leg. According to online medical sources, it often takes people with such injuries between 12 and 16 weeks to recover fully.
At the time of writing, all of Manson‘s announced UK tour dates in December are expected to go ahead as scheduled.
His new full-length album, ‘Heaven Upside Down’, is available now via Loma Vista Recordings/Caroline International.