Taylor Momsen and The Pretty Reckless Open for Marilyn Manson at Milwaukee’s Eagles Ballroom. – Concert Review

Taylor Momsen and her band The Pretty Reckless stopped by Milwaukee’s Eagles Ballroom on Saturday, May 19, 2012 to open for none other than the self-proclaimed Antichrist himself,  Marilyn Manson. This is the third huge tour Momsen and company have been the beneficiary of – first with Evanescence and then a later stint with Guns n’ Roses.

This time around, The Pretty Reckless pushed the band’s new EP (read the review here), “Hit Me Like A Man,” which features three new tunes (“Hit Me Like A Man,” “Cold Blooded Man,” and “Under The Water”) and a couple of live tracks from the band’s debut, “Light Me Up.” The band also played most of the songs from its hit record, which debuted at number two on iTunes when it was released.

Since hitting the scene, Momsen has grown into her skin as a legitimate front woman, showing a lot of maturity from when the band first debuted. She looked comfortable on stage and commanded the crowd’s attention that primarily came to see Manson. Even when the crowd was getting impatient, Momsen continued with the band’s mantra, promoting themselves and their new effort.

When I was up front waiting for the band to come out, one guy dressed in jeans and a T-shirt, holding his position in the front row, asked me how to meet Taylor.  I told him to hang out by the band’s tour bus afterward. I mention this because surrounding him was the Manson elite dressed in gothic attire. It was a sea of black fishnets filled with 20 years of resentment that made Tim Burton want to drop whatever he was doing, fly to Milwaukee and shoot a movie. The impression was that this guy was only there to see The Pretty Reckless.

Although much of the crowd was there to see Marilyn Manson, The Pretty Reckless stayed composed and finished their 45-minute set in resounding fashion. They ended with the lead track on “Light Me Up,” a song called “Factory Girl.” If anything, they allowed the gothic mass of teenage rebellion to forget about why they hated the world so much. The Pretty Reckless has proven that the band can find audiences in different genres across the musical landscape.

However, this did not last long as Manson arrived in full force, rocking the audience with new material and older stuff. He allowed patrons of the Eagles Ballroom to be rock stars in the dope show, a show that only Marilyn Manson can pull off.


Jason Tanamor is the Editor of Zoiks! Online. He is also the author of the novels, "Hello Lesbian!" and "Anonymous." Email Jason at jason@zoiksonline.com.
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