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Sunday, 26 August, 2001, 14:05 GMT 15:05 UK
Manson masks festival sun
Marilyn Manson
'Hell hath no fury like a Manson scorned'
By BBC News Online Scotland's Thomas McGuigan

"This is what it's all about, top bands and a top day," one reveller enthused on Glasgow Green.

Maybe it was the clement weather, or perhaps the eagerly anticipated appearances of Eminem and Marilyn Manson.

Whatever the reason, Gig on the Green was a pulsating hubbub of excitement as some of the music industry's household names performed in Glasgow.

Alien Ant Farm took to the main stage as the first act of the two-day festival to rapturous applause.

Embrace offered a change of mood

News that D12 would be delaying their performance until later on Saturday evening was greeted with a mixture of boos, oohs and aahs.

Undeterred, the revellers took solace in the warm sunshine on their backs and the beer tents close by.

After a lull in proceedings and a few clouds dotted across the sky, Papa Roach ripped through the lazy atmosphere with a blistering performance that literally shook the Green to its very core.

And then the wait was finally over.

Marilyn Manson was due on the main stage.

Marilyn Manson
Marilyn Manson: Ghastly but seductive

What can you say about the man that hasn't been said before? He hopped onto the stage like the devil's cat on a hot tin roof.

Hissing and growling his way through a typically bellicose set which crackled with every note and holler, he paced the stage menacingly only stopping to drink from his water bottles before firing them into the crowd.

It's difficult to comment on his lyrics, indistinguishable as they may be.

But the hook with Marilyn is his presence.

Resplendent in knee high leather boots, ripped stockings and a fierce amount of make-up he looked as though he had been dragged through a hedge backwards...but it works.

'Pistol whipping'

One fan held a placard aloft which read: 'Marilyn sacrifice me,' but the only real danger was posed to everyone's eardrums.

I've been blown away by Rage Against the Machine at other music festivals, but this was pandemonium.

In the True Music Tent, Embrace offered the ears some welcome relief with a more tranquil set.

Within the dark but welcoming tent the band sped through their 'daisy chain' of hits far too quickly for everyone's liking.

Then there was Marshall Mathers. If anyone could rival Mr Manson for notoriety then Eminem fits the bill.

Beset by delays due to crushing at the front of the stage, his eventual performance was fantastic.

Regaling the crowd with tales of his "pistol whipping" exploits, he danced and pointed his way through a set which included another D12 appearance on stage.

Roll on Sunday, and Gig on the Green 2002.

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