Top Five Most Theatrical Rock Bands of All Time
3. Marilyn Manson
Ft. Lauderdale's own Marilyn Manson's nihilistic performances were blamed for everything from school shootings to drug overdoses, but his shows are merely a soft-core pornographic horror musical brought to life. His shock value has yet to really be topped.
The Heavy Metal band inspired by Heavy Metal magazine is supposedly all tongue in cheek. But with their outlandish costumes and bloody decapitations of bikini-ed women, it's impossible to know where the irony begins or where it ends. Perhaps it starts with their name which is short for their full name Gwaaarrrgghhlllgh.
The Granddaddy of them all. This New York City rock band took David Bowie's Ziggy Stardust, multiplied him by four, and added fire-breathing, tongue-wagging, and levitating drum kits.
Strangely, when their hair metal influence was greatest in the late eighties, they took off their make-up and stripped down only to repaint their mugs ten years later. KISS continues with its action-figures-come-to-life stage show.
Another theatrical act, the Darkness, performs on Jan. 10 at Revolution Live, 100 SW Third Ave., Fort Lauderdale. Tickets cost $33.25 plus fees. Visit jointherevolution.net.