Marilyn Manson on 'Terrifying' Stage Injury: 'The Pain Was Excruciating'

"It definitely could have crushed my skull and my ribs," singer said of concert mishap, which resulted in nine canceled tour dates

Marilyn Manson detailed the "terrifying," "excruciating" stage injury that resulted in nine canceled tour dates. Credit: NurPhoto/Getty Images

Marilyn Manson detailed the recent, dangerous stage mishap that resulted in a painful leg injury and nine canceled tour dates. "I only recently watched the video of it," the singer told Yahoo of the viral concert clip. "I can see how it could look terrifying. It was terrifying for me, because the truss was not secured properly."

The incident occurred toward the end of Manson's September 30th set at New York City's Hammerstein Ballroom, which marked the third night of his North American tour promoting new LP Heaven Upside Down. Roughly an hour into the show, after launching into his cover of the Eurythmics' 1983 track "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)," the frontman grabbed onto some metal bars between a pair of prop pistols; one of the pieces tipped over onto him, crushing bones in his right leg and bringing the show to an early close.

Manson told Yahoo he "wasn't trying to climb" the prop but instead tried to "push back and didn't get out of the way" quickly enough. "I'm not sure what I hit my head on, but it did fall onto my leg and break the fibula in two places," he said. "The pain was excruciating."

After an X-ray and hospital examination, the singer wound up with a plate and 10 screws inserted in his bone, with another screw through his ankle bone and a cast around his leg. Since then, he's been recovering at home in Los Angeles.

But he feels fortunate the injuries weren't more extensive. "It definitely could have crushed my skull and my ribs," he said. "I have some minor bruising in that area, but it took six guys to pull it off of me. It was like wrestling a giant iron monster." Manson lamented that the tour was interrupted "as [he] was about to put it into second gear," but he added, "I'll be back there really shortly, and it's going to be as exciting as it was starting out."

Manson rescheduled most of his U.S. tour dates for January and February 2018. His next live date is November 5th at Ozzfest Meets Knotfest in Devore, California, and he kicks off a European leg November 12th in Helsinki, Finland.

Tickets for original performances will be honored at newly announced dates. However, Manson is unable to honor tickets for the Columbus, Ohio (October 8th) or Phoenix, Arizona (October 26th) dates – refunds for those shows are available at point of purchase. Tickets for concerts in new markets go on sale Friday, October 20th at 10 a.m.

Marilyn Manson 2017/2018 U.S. Tour Dates

November 5th - Devore, California @ Ozzfest Meets Knotfest
January 10th - Phoenix, AZ @ Van Buren
January 12th - Las Vegas, NV @ House Of Blues
January 13th - Las Vegas, NV @ House Of Blues
January 16th - Oakland, CA @ Fox Theatre
January 19th - Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
January 20th - Denver, CO @ Fillmore
January 23rd - San Antonio, TX @ Aztec Theatre
January 24th - Houston, TX @ House Of Blues
January 26th - Springfield, MO @ Shrine Mosque
January 27th - Tulsa, OK @ Brady Theatre
January 28th - Kansas City, MO @ Arvest Bank Theatre At The Midland
January 30th - Des Moines, IA @ 7 Flags Event Center
January 31st - Minneapolis, MN @ The Myth
February 2nd - Madison, WI @ The Orpheum
February 3rd - Milwaukee, WI @ Eagles Ballroom
February 6th - Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre
February 7th - Grand Rapids, MI @ 20 Monroe
February 9th - Buffalo, NY @ Rapids Theatre
February 11th - Toronto, ON @ Rebel
February 12th - Boston, MA @ House Of Blues
February 13th - Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live
February 15th - Huntington, NY @ Paramount Theatre
February 16th - Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom