Jeff Miers of the Buffalo News attempts in the paper's Friday, August 8 edition to examine the reasoning behind Six Flags Darien Lake's decision to keep MARILYN MANSON from performing there on Monday (August 11) as part of this year's Ozzfest.
"Though the official line from Six Flags Darien Lake seems straightforward enough ('Contractual agreement gives us the right to restrict artists from performing in our concert venue. We decided to pass on the MARILYN MANSON performance.'), the implications are far more sinister than anything MANSON has conjured up for his 'Golden Age of Grotesque' tour. (It should be noted here that MANSON has performed in Buffalo several times in recent years without incident.)," Miers writes
"Since no one from Six Flags Darien Lake will offer any insight beyond this prepared statement, we may never know why the venue thinks it's OK for, say, KORN and DISTURBED to perform but not MANSON.
"If the problem is song lyrics, for example, MANSON is certainly no more offensive or potentially dangerous to his audience than either of the above-mentioned Ozzfest acts.
"Take KORN's 'Alone I Break', from its 'Untouchables' album: 'Shut me off/I'm ready/Heart stops, I stand alone/Can't be my own/I will make it go away/Can't be here no more/Seems this is the only way/I will soon be gone,' sings Jonathan Davis, in what hardly falls into the 'good advice for teenagers' department.
"DISTURBED's lyrics recall MANSON without the irony or, frankly, the intelligence he consistently employs.
"Check out that band's 'Meaning of Life': 'I wanna get psycho/Run, you little b----/I want your power glowing, juicy flowing, red hot, meaning of life/It's not enough to have a little taste/I want the whole damn thing now/Can you dig it?' " Read more.