Manson Barred from Six Flags

Buffalo Park welcomes Ozzy, but not Marilyn

June 5, 2003 12:00 AM ET

Officials at Six Flags in Darien Lakes, New York, would prefer that when Ozzfest stops at the park on August 11th, Marilyn Manson just stay on the bus.

Invoking a clause in its contract with Ozzfest promoter Clear Channel, the "Six Flags family" "decided to pass" on a performance by Manson, who topped the pop charts last month with his latest album The Golden Age of Grotesque. It was a "management decision," according to a spokeswoman for Six Flags, who also said that it is within the park's rights to "restrict artists from performing" before declining further comment.

"People do acknowledge and recognize me as truly dangerous," Manson told Rolling Stone in response. "I refuse to say that what I do is show business. Only Marilyn Manson, out of Korn, Disturbed and all these other bands, has been considered inappropriate. That's the inability to reconcile art and entertainment."

Manson may have more immediate venue problems on his hands. A concert planned for Milan on Saturday is expected to go on, but the shock-rocker is facing opposition from officials in the Italian city. His roving Grotesque Burlesque show was moved from nearby Monza when the city council there also objected, on the grounds that it was inappropriate for children.

The Darien Lakes stop excepted, Manson will tour with Ozzfest from its kickoff June 28th in San Antonio to its conclusion August 28th in West Palm Beach, Florida.

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