Marilyn Manson kicked off his Canadian tour in the B.C. capital on Tuesday night. Coincidentally, I once saw a dude in a Darth Vader suit furiously playing the violin on the street there. No joke.
Toronto's Die Mannequin fit right in to this evil equation. Their Fino + Bleed album hit shelves on Tuesday and the first single "Bad Medicine" is all over rock radio right now. Not to mention they've scored the coveted spot opening for Manson on his trek across Canada.
"When it comes to a huge act like Marilyn Manson, he does whatever the fuck he wants," explains singer Care Failure while waiting to do Die Mannequin's Victoria soundcheck. "The fact that he wants Die Mannequin — the Antichrist wants us on his tour — warms my heart."
Although Manson fans certainly have brutal (and possibly unrealistic) expectations of what they'll see onstage, Failure knows the band are up for the task of entertaining those weirdoes, saying they'll be giving Manson fans a show that's "slutty," "chaotic" and "abrasive," among other things.
"For a band that's been around for six years, it's really exciting to be on this tour," Failure says. "We've toured a lot. That's where we're most comfortable. It's like an job you'd go to in an office. I'm not weirded out by it because that's what we do."
Die Mannequin didn't do any chilling out at Butchart Gardens, though. It's a relatively short tour and the band had get moving to make it on time for Thursday's show in Calgary.
"We never really get to look around," says Failure. "That's what sucks about touring. Especially as a singer, you owe it to your fans not to stay up late and drink like a mad woman. It's a lot of hurry up and wait. For the most part, it's hard to check out the scene of the city you're in."
Die Mannequin's upcoming dates with Marilyn Manson:
Sept. 10 Calgary, AB @ Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium w/ Die MannequinTrevor Morelli
Sept. 11 Edmonton, AB @ Shaw Conference Centre w/ Die Mannequin
Sept. 13 Winnipeg, MB @ MTS Centre w/ Die Mannequin
Sept. 14 St. Paul, MN @ Myth Theater
Sept. 15 Milwaukee, WI @ Eagles Ballroom
Sept. 17 Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre w/ Die Mannequin
Sept. 19 London, ON @ John Labbatt Centre w/ Die Mannequin
Sept. 20 Ottawa, ON @ Scotiabank Place w/ Die Mannequin
Sept. 22 Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre w/ Die Mannequin
Sept. 23 Quebec City, QC @ Pavillion De La Jeunesse w/ Die Mannequin
Sept. 25 Halifax, NS @ Metro Centre w/ Die Mannequin
Sept. 26 Moncton, NB @ Moncton Coliseum w/ Die Mannequin