ZAGREB (Reuters) – Religious groups in Croatia are up in arms over the imminent arrival of shock-rocker Marilyn Manson for a concert.
But rallying to the banner of free speech and perhaps a little shock-value of his own, Manson has found one unlikely defender — a Catholic priest.
"How could Manson turn young people into satanists and drug-addicts in the two hours of his act," daily newspaper Vjesnik quoted priest Anton Bobas as saying.
Bobas, who leads a heavy-metal band of his own called Glasnici Nade (Messengers of Hope), says most of Manson’s critics have never heard his songs or seen him perform.
The lone priest finds himself fighting a rearguard action against Christian groups from the Istrian peninsula ahead of the concert on August 22 in the northern Adriatic town of Pula.
Protestant organisation Oaza wants the concert banned, while seven Catholic priests offered to pay damages to the organisers if the concert was cancelled, arguing the band’s lyrics and image promote satanism, drug-use and violence.
Bobas said the best concert he ever attended was seeing Manson live in Hamburg, Germany, three years ago.
But even Bobas tempers his support.
Despite the music, Manson was a rather dark persona and he would not recommend anyone — especially young people — to attend the concert, he said. [Source]
Well I use to listen to Marilyn Manson and I wouldn’t recommend him for adults either. The lyrics are not just dark but perverse as is his stage show.
Well, say what you will, but without the inspiration and guidance of Marilyn Manson I would almost certainly never have found my way to Satanism.
So, he “wouldn’t recommend that anybody attend” a show by the same guy who put on “the best concert he ever attended”?
Do priests take special How To Talk Like That classes…?
Maybe this is a set-up for Fr. Bobas’ next homily or bulletin message? “O.K., for all you folks who complained about ‘On Eagles Wings’ and ‘Morning Has Broken,’ I have some alternate music.”
You used to listen to Marilyn Manson? How did you manage it? I saw about five minutes of one of his videos and felt sick afterwards.
I dont see any difference with most R & B Bands, most Rock bands. Lots of them are drug addicts or romantic ‘out of this world’ souls. Young people see it as an attraction, the danger … Manson is not about a battle against censorship, he is a mediocre artist that thinks he is the son of Ozzy …
… you can call someone as influential and respected as MM “a mediocre artist”? And ozzy is the one ? 🙂
I dont think he is at all satanic either. He makes music. He makes good music with an amazing show (which lacked in Pula btw). And he is one of a few artists in the ultra comercial world of MTV that actually has meaningful lyrics (some).
Even though his caracter IS artificialy made, he still IS a reflection of a modern american culture. If he wasnt, nobody would give a XXXX about him.
In any case, he is an original. He did create new music. Except for trent which was left way behind with thos sobby teenage love crap (lyrics). He sounds different than anybody else. He is the one that gets mimicked.
And I am not his fan, btw. I just hate when people consider music they dont like as second-rated and videos they cant understand as sick.
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