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By Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published August 22, 2003

Shocker rocker

Earlier this month, shock-rocker Marilyn Manson was banned from performing at a venue in upstate New York.

It was nothing new for Manson, whose suggestive stage shows and macabre lyrics have long caused controversy.

In 1997, the father of a teen who committed suicide said that when he found his son's body, Manson's CD Antichrist Superstar was playing. Then in 1999, he had to abort his nationwide tour after the Colombine shootings because the killers were fans of his music.

But that hasn't stopped him from touring. Manson comes to the Tampa area Wednesday.

Born Brian Warner in Canton, Ohio, he conceived his current name from two 1960s figures: Marilyn Monroe and Charles Manson.

Then he persuaded guitarist Scott Mitchell to change his name to Daisy Berkowitz, a combination of Daisy Duke from the Dukes of Hazzard and Son of Sam killer David Berkowitz.

And a trend was born.

Manson founded his band in South Florida in 1989. The original members, some of whom have since left, assumed the first names of female icons and surnames of famous murderers, such as Olivia Newton-Bundy, Gidget Gein, Zsa Zsa Speck, Madonna Wayne-Gacy, Twiggy Ramirez and Ginger Fish.

Usually smothered in Halloweenish makeup that might even make Tammy Faye Bakker blink, Manson comes off as articulate and intelligent in interviews.

He surprised viewers when he appeared in last year's Bowling for Columbine - an award-winning documentary about gun control by Michael Moore.

Manson's albums include Smells Like Children, Antichrist Superstar and the most recent, Holy Wood (In the Shadow of the Valley of Death).

He will perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Mahaffey Theater, St. Petersburg. Tickets cost $35-$45. Call 287-8844.


ALWAYS...PATSY CLINE: Patsy Cline helped blaze a trail for female singers to assert themselves as an integral part of the Nashville-dominated country music industry. Shortly after reaching the height of her success, she died in a plane crash. Always...Patsy Cline is a musical comedy based on Cline's life, and her unforgettable hits such as Crazy, I Fall to Pieces, Sweet Dreams and Walkin' After Midnight. Through Sept. 28. 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays; 4 p.m. Sundays; Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, Jaeb Theater, Tampa; $27.50-$29.50. Call 229-7827.

SUMMER SAFARI NIGHTS: Ever felt like watching monkeys groom each other under the moonlight? This year's last Summer Safari Nights features live entertainment as well as manatee, reptile and bird of prey encounters. And, of course, monkeys. Visitors also can mingle with kangaroos, lorikeets and stingrays. 6 p.m.; Lowry Park Zoo, 1101 W Sligh Ave., Tampa. Call 935-8552 or go to

FOUR SEASONS AUTHOR SERIES: Not getting enough stimulating discourse? The Four Seasons Author Series includes four luncheons with featured literary speakers. During this session, author Rita Ciresi will discuss her new book, Remind Me Again Why I Married You. Proceeds benefit the Friends of the Library, which helps the Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library System. Reservations are required. 12 p.m.; University Club of Tampa, One Tampa Center, Suite 3800, downtown Tampa; $25 for each session. Call 273-3652.

NATIONAL OPEN JURIED EXHIBITION: The 10th Annual National Open is a juried exhibition that displays the work of 32 national artists. The artwork ranges from traditional to abstract. Enjoy live music, food and a cash bar. 6 to 11 p.m. with an awards presentation at 7 p.m.; Artists Unlimited, 223 N 12th St. in the Channel District; free. 229-5958.

RICK DUCOMMUN: Best known as the quirky neighbor to Tom Hanks in The Burbs, comedian Rick Ducommun also was seen in the recently canceled FX series, Lucky. He's now on the road providing folks everywhere with endless laughter. 8 and 10:30 p.m. today and Saturday; 7 p.m. Sunday; Improv Comedy Theater & Restaurant, Centro Ybor; $12-$16. Call 864-4000.

BASEBALL: CLEVELAND INDIANS AT TAMPA BAY DEVIL RAYS. 7:15 p.m.; Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg; $10-$195. Call 287-8844.


SCREAM 3 TOUR WITH B2K, NICK CANNON AND MORE: Just when people were starting to savior the disbandment of boy bands such as 'NSync and the Backstreet Boys, another one surfaces. Urban boy band B2K erupted onto the music scene with its self-titled debut last year. Last month, the group released a new album, B2K The Remixes: Volume 2. Mario, Marques Houston, Nick Cannon and DJ Jus are other acts on the tour. 7 p.m.; St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa; $22-$33.50. Call 287-8844.

LA INDIA: Salsa singer India burst onto the scene in the New York dance group TKA, one of the first ensembles of the Latin hip-hop generation. She has since developed a solo career within the world of Latin music. Her vocal talent ranges from Afro-Caribbean music to rhythm and blues. 8 p.m.; Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, Carol Morsani Hall, Tampa; $19.50-$45.50. Call 229-7827.

DELTA MOON: Five-piece Atlanta band Delta Moon performs original roots-flavored music with their own version of classic country blues. 8 p.m.; Skipper's Smokehouse, Tampa; $7. Call 971-0666.

FOOTBALL: JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS AT TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS. First preseason home game is at 8 p.m.; TV broadcast WFLA-Ch. 8; Radio broadcast WQYK-99.5.

BASEBALL: CLEVELAND INDIANS AT TAMPA BAY DEVIL RAYS. 6:15 p.m.; Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg; $10-$195. Call 287-8844.


BASEBALL: CLEVELAND INDIANS AT TAMPA BAY DEVIL RAYS. 1:15 p.m.; Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg; $10-$195. Call 287-8844.


MARS WATCH: Mars will be about 34.6-million miles from Earth on Tuesday, the closest it has been in 73,000 years. It also will be one of the brightest objects in the sky, next to the moon and Venus. The Museum of Science & Industry will host a Mars watch on top of the IMAX Dome Theatre. 11 p.m.; MOSI, 4801 E Fowler Ave., Tampa; $2-$3. Call 987-6000 or go to


HYDE PARK MUSIC SERIES: Al McDaniel's Band performs in the main fountain area during Old Hyde Park's live music series, which is held the last Wednesday of each month through October. Proceeds from beer sales go the Humane Society of Tampa Bay. 6 to 9 p.m.; Swann and Dakota avenues, Tampa; free. Call 251-3500.

CHEVELLE: Inspired by the lurching riffs of Helmet and the soft-loud vocal styling of Tool, Chicago trio Chevelle offers aggressive, heavy sound and raw guitar bursts. 7 p.m.; Jannus Landing, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg; $15. Call (727) 896-1244.


GOURMET FEASTIVAL: The Centre for Women's largest fundraiser, the Gourmet Feastival & Silent Auction will feature live entertainment, a silent auction and food from 50 different vendors. 5:30 to 9 p.m.; Tampa Convention Center, 333 Franklin St., Tampa; $40 in advance, $50 same day. Call 251-8437, ext 231.

OZZFEST WITH OZZY OSBOURNE, KORN, DISTURBED, MARILYN MANSON: Since The Osbournes debuted on MTV three seasons ago, Ozzy Osbourne's dark image has softened. Sure, he bit the head off a dove to shock a record executive, but we all know he's just a guy who loves his bleeping family. Ozzfest, the heavy metal happening, comes no closer to Tampa than West Palm Beach this summer (repeat of last year). Along with Osbourne, Marilyn Manson, Disturbed, Korn and others also perform. 9 a.m.; Coral Sky Amphitheater, West Palm Beach; $45.75-$75.75. Call 287-8844.

FOOTBALL: HOUSTON OILERS AT TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS. 8 p.m.; TV broadcast on WFLA-Ch. 8; Radio broadcast on WQYK-99.5.



Marci X (today)

My Boss' Daughter (today)

The Medallion (today)

Camp (today)

Envy (today)

Highwaymen (Wednesday)


Jeepers Creepers II (Aug. 29)

And Now Ladies and Gentlemen (Aug. 29)


MARIAH CAREY: Sept. 3, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, Tampa.

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