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Guns, God and Government Tour
World tour by Marilyn Manson
Supporting album Holy Wood (In the Shadow of the Valley of Death)
Start date October 27, 2000
End date September 2, 2001
Legs 6
Shows 110
(108 completed, 2 cancelled)
Marilyn Manson tour chronology
Rock Is Dead
Guns, God and Government Tour
Grotesk Burlesk Tour

Guns, God and Government was a worldwide arena tour by Marilyn Manson, under management of major record label Interscope Records. It was the eight tour the band embarked upon and the fourth to span over multiple legs. It was launched 17 days ahead in support of their fourth full-length studio LP, Holy Wood (In the Shadow of the Valley of Death), which was released on November 14, 2000 in the US and Australia.[1][2] Beginning on October 27, 2000 and lasting until September 2, 2001, the tour included six legs spanning Eurasia, Japan and North America with a total of 107 completed shows out of 109 planned.[1]

Two concert films depicting the worldwide tour were recorded. The Guns, God and Government World Tour DVD was released on October 29, 2002 by Eagle Rock Entertainment and features live concert footage spliced from performances in Los Angeles, Europe, Russia and Japan.[3][4] It also includes a 30-minute behind-the-scenes featurette titled The Death Parade with guest appearances from Ozzy Osbourne and Eminem.[4] Seven years later it was followed by Guns, God, and Government – Live in L.A. Released in Blu-ray format by Eagle Rock Entertainment division Eagle Records on November 17, 2009, it depicts the sixteen song set of the Los Angeles performance in its entriety.[5][6]

The contentious Denver show, during the Ozzfest leg of the Guns, God and Government Tour,[7] was also featured during Marilyn Manson's interview in Michael Moore's 2002 documentary Bowling for Columbine.[8]


Supporting acts[edit]

  • The Union Underground
  • Disturbed
  • Professional Murder Music (Portland and Seattle only)

Track listing[edit]

The following list contains the most commonly played songs in the order they were most generally performed:

  1. "The Lord Is My Shepherd" or "God Bless America"
  2. "Count to Six and Die (The Vacuum of Infinite Space Encompassing)"
  3. "Irresponsible Hate Anthem"
  4. "The Reflecting God"
  5. "Great Big White World"
  6. "Disposable Teens"
  7. "Tourniquet"
  8. "The Fight Song"
  9. "The Nobodies"
  10. "My Monkey" (with "Strawberry Fields Forever" intro)
  11. "Rock Is Dead"
  12. "The Dope Show"
  13. "Cruci-Fiction in Space"
  14. "Burning Flag"
  15. "Cake and Sodomy"
  16. ""President Dead""
  17. "GodEatGod"
  18. "In the Shadow of the Valley of Death"
  19. "Born Again"
  20. "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)" (with "Hell Outro")
  21. "Valentine's Day"
  22. "The Love Song"
  23. "The Death Song"
  24. "Antichrist Superstar"
  25. "Rock 'n' Roll Nigger"
  26. "The Beautiful People"
  27. "Diary of a Dope Fiend"
  28. "1996" (with "Mister Superstar" and "Diary of a Dope Fiend" intro)
  29. "Astonishing Panorama of the Endtimes"
  30. "Lunchbox"
  31. "Suicide Is Painless"

Opening songs[edit]

Performance and show themes[edit]

Madonna Wayne Gacy in front of the Hollywood Sign parody.
Backstage pass.

Typical of the band, the concerts were extremely theatrical.[2] An average show lasted for 1 hour and 40 minutes and the sets were designed with communist, religious and "Celebritarian" imagery in mind.[9]

Manson has several costume changes throughout the sets ranging from a Bishop's dalmatic and mitre (often confused for Papal regalia), a costume made from taxidermied animal anatomies (i.e. an epaulette made from a horse's tail, a shirt made from skinned goat heads and ostrich spines), his signature black leather corset, g-string and garter stocking ensemble, an elaborate Roman legionary-style Imperial galea, an Allgemeine SS-style police cap, a black-and-white fur coat and a giant rising conical skirt that lifts the singer 12 meters (40 feet) into the air.[2][10]

When being introduced, Manson was pulled onstage on a steampunk variation of a Roman chariot by two naked girls, in a bigae formation, wearing stylized Roman horse masks. After dismounting from the chariot wearing a skirted version of his signature black leather bondage ensemble, replete with the Imperial gallic, a burst of heavy fireworks would signal the beginning of the first song.

The cover of the "Disposable Teens" single used as backdrop.

During performances of "The Love Song," Manson would wear the Bishop's outfit, which would then be discarded to reveal his signature black leather bondage ensemble (without the skirt). During performances of "Valentine's Day," Manson would perform, wearing the same Bishop's attire, kneeled behind a prayer kneeler that is bookended with two severed heads bearing his own likeness.

During some shows, there would be two dancers onstage. The podium that was used in previous tours during performances of "Antichrist Superstar" also returned, this time sporting a new design of a crucifix made of guns, instead of the "shock" symbol previously used. During the February 24, 2001 show in Moscow, Russia, two Russian military guards were asked to stand on each side of the podium as Manson sang "The Love Song", replete with his Allgemeine SS-style peaked police cap.[11]

In performances of "Cruci-Fiction in Space", Manson would be lifted 12 meters (40 feet) into the air on a platform hidden by the giant conical skirt, much like in the "Disposable Teens" video. Images would often be displayed in the stage backdrop, including a parody of the Hollywood Sign rewritten as "Holy Wood", the cover for the "Disposable Teens" single, and a scorched American flag.[12]


The inaugural North American leg of the Guns, God and Government Tour suffered two separate cancellations. On November 25, 2000, during the band's performance at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City, Marilyn Manson drummer Ginger Fish suffered a broken collarbone after falling from his drum riser during the band's stage-trashing finale. The drummer was escorted to hospital by the band's manager where he was treated and released. According to an Interscope spokesperson, the band is not expected to miss any dates due to the injury and that Fish will play with his injured arm in a sling.[13] However, on December 5, 2000, the band cancelled their scheduled performance, at the Toledo Sports Arena in Toledo, Ohio, ten minutes before the doors opened due to Fish re-aggravating his injured collarbone. [14]

The band was also forced to cancel their scheduled performance at the Omaha Civic Auditorium on December 12, 2000 after a storm inundated Peoria, Illinois, where the band performed on December 11, 2000 at the Peoria Civic Center, with 9 inches of snow and blizzard-condition winds, preventing the band from being able to travel.[14]

Protests and controversy[edit]

Typical of the band, their shows drew numerous protesters and resistance from civic and church leaders as well as other elements of local communities.

Director of Citizens for Peace and Respect, Pastor Jason Janz, speaking in front of Colorado's Capitol building to protest Manson's Denver performance at Ozzfest. Image courtesy of LIFE Magazine.

On November 19, 2000, Christian activists unsuccessfully attempted to have the band's performance at the Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, New York cancelled. Thus, the show was attended by demonstrators who harassed concert-goers waiting in line by shouting and chanting "Why do you follow the devil?" The city was forced to send a number of policemen, some on horseback, to monitor the situation. Clips from the show were made available on the band's official website (though it is no longer present).[15]

Marilyn Manson's performance in Denver, Colorado on June 22, 2001 at the Mile High Stadium also drew attention from the national news media.[7][16] The event was part of their commitments with the heavy metal festival tour Ozzfest and marked the band's first performance in the state since the Columbine High School massacre in nearby Littleton, Colorado on April 20, 1999.[7][16] The band was initially blamed for inciting shooters Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold into killing their classmates, though these reports would later be proven to be false.[7][16] The band initially pulled out due to scheduling conflicts, however, the group later altered their plans in order to accommodate the Denver date.[16] The band met heavy resistance from conservative groups and the performer received numerous death threats and calls to skip the date.[17][18] A group of church leaders and families related to the Columbine tragedy formed an organization specifically to oppose their show called 'Citizens for Peace and Respect', which drew the support of Colorado governor Bill Owens (R-Colo) and representative Tom Tancredo (R-Colo). The group held a rally outside the Mile High Stadium where organizer, youth pastor Jason Janz, delivered a speech stating, "If Marilyn Manson can walk into our town, promote hate, violence, suicide, death, drug use and Columbine-like behavior, I can say, 'Not without a fight you can't.'" Janz further said, "We don't think Manson caused Columbine, but he encourages and legitimizes Columbine-like behavior."[7][19][16] Marilyn Manson responded to the assertions of 'Citizens for Peace and Respect' by issuing a statement saying,

I am truly amazed that after all this time, religious groups still need to attack entertainment and use these tragedies as a pitiful excuse for their own self-serving publicity. In response to their protests, I will provide a show where I balance my songs with a wholesome Bible reading. This way, fans will not only hear my so-called, 'violent' point of view, but we can also examine the virtues of wonderful 'Christian' stories of disease, murder, adultery, suicide and child sacrifice. Now that seems like 'entertainment' to me.
Marilyn Manson during his interview on Bowling for Columbine.

A group of Marilyn Manson supporters also responded to 'Citizens for Peace and Respect' by forming an organization called 'Citizens for the Protection of the Right to Free Speech'.[7] The group held a rally in front of the Colorado State Capitol where organizer Carrieanne Andrews, a mother of three, stated that "We just wanted to show that Jason Janz does not speak for our entire community" and that they resented "being told how to be good parents."[7] The Denver show would later provide the backdrop for Manson's landmark interview on America's climate of fear and culture of gun violence in Michael Moore's 2002 documentary film Bowling for Columbine. When Moore asked what he would have said if he had the opportunity to speak to the students at Columbine, he replied, "I wouldn't say a single word. I would listen to what they have to say and that's what no one did."[8]

Another incident took place leading up to The Gig On The Green festival on August 25, 2001 in Glasgow, Scotland. Members of the Glasgow community were calling for Marilyn Manson's performance at the festival to be boycotted.[20] Beth Nimmo, the mother of the Columbine killer's first victim, Rachel Scott, joined in the protests and told Scottish tabloid newspaper Daily Record on August 8, 2001, "I don't doubt that his kind of music definitely affects young people and can desensitize them. People need to be strong enough not to listen to it. There is nothing entertaining about real violence. It has real consequences and brings nothing but destruction and pain."[20] In a separate incident, a Catholic Charismatic Renewal group protested in early August 2001 at the Glasgow city centre, where the Glasgow City Council were deciding on the final licencing application for Gig On The Green. This was due the inclusion of both Eminem and Marilyn Manson on the bill. Both attempts failed.[20]


Incidences of crotch rubbing like this became a source of battery and sexual misconduct suits against the singer.

In a civil battery suit, David Diaz, a security officer from a concert in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on October 27, 2000, sued for $75,000 in a Minneapolis federal court.[21][22] The federal court jury found in Manson's favor.[23]

In a civil suit presented by Oakland County, Michigan, Manson was charged with sexual misconduct against another security officer, Joshua Keasler, during a concert in Clarkston, Michigan, on July 30, 2001. Oakland County originally filed assault and battery and criminal sexual misconduct charges,[24] but the judge reduced the latter charge to misdemeanor disorderly conduct.[25] Manson pleaded no contest to the reduced charges, paid a $4,000 fine,[26] and later settled the lawsuit under undisclosed terms.[27]


On February 5, 2001, Marilyn Manson was arrested by the Italian police following the band's performance at the Palaghiaccio in Marino, Italy in relation to the controversy surrounding the Milan court case of the stabbing death of a nun by two girls.[28] Following a police raid on the home of the two suspects, Italian police uncovered images of crucifixes, pentagrams and Marilyn Manson lyrics.[28] The band leader, however, was let go due to a lack of evidence that the perpetrators were inspired by the group's music to carry out their actions.[28]

The next day, Manson was arrested again following the group's show at the Palamalaguti in Bologna, Italy.[28] This time, the singer was charged with public indecency relating to the group's June 20, 1999 performance at the Heineken Jammin' Festival in Imola, Italy during their Rock Is Dead Tour two years prior.[28]

Tour legs[edit]

Tour Leg Time Span
Guns, God and Government Tour: North American Leg 2000/10/272001/01/13
Guns, God and Government Tour: Spring European Leg 2001/01/212001/02/24
Guns, God and Government Tour: Spring Japan Leg 2001/03/112001/03/22
Guns, God and Government Tour: Ozzfest 2001 Leg 2001/06/082001/08/12
Guns, God and Government Tour: Autumn Japan Leg 2001/08/182001/08/19
Guns, God and Government Tour: Autumn European Leg 2001/08/222001/09/02
Guns, God and Government Tour L.A. Finale 2001/10/08

Photo Gallery[edit]

Main Article: 2000-2001 Holy Wood imagery#Live - Guns.2C God and Government Tour


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