On this date in history, 7/13/2016, my friends and I braved some horrible weather to go see Slipknot and Marilyn Manson at Deer Creek. The show was originally set to feature Of Mice & Men also, but Mother Nature had other ideas. All things considered, we were extremely lucky to get to see the two headliners, because the sky was filled with lightning, thunder, and torrential rainfall.
When Manson took the stage he went right to work, but made sure to make one of his memorable comments, claiming that it wasn’t rain, it was God crying because Manson was here.
I have seen much better Manson performances, but even on a bad night there is something mesmerizing about his presence on a rock and roll stage. He can get by on less effort, but I long for the days when he tried a lot harder.
After an extra long set break, an announcement was made for everyone on the lawn to crowd in under the cover of the pavilion and finally Slipknot hit the stage. They made a valiant effort to give us our money’s worth, and I think they succeeded for the most part, but with the curfew I can’t help but feel we were cheated out of several songs.
This was my 8th time seeing both Manson and Slipknot, and on this night at least, I left the venue feeling that Slipknot was definitely the band that scored the victory. I look forward to increasing my numbers with both of these bands, because I know they both can deliver better the next time. The storm may have caused problems, but music won in the end.
Written By Braddon S. Williams AKA The Concert Critic