Manson Accepted Mile High Show Would Be The Day He Died
Shock rocker Marilyn Manson was convinced his 2001 Ozzfest concert in Denver, Colorado would be his last - because he feared locals who still blamed his music for the horrors of the Columbine High School massacre would be out to kill him.
Manson received hundreds of death threats before the 2001 show and admits now he was more than a little nervous about taking to the stage.
The rocker's dark, brooding music became the twisted soundtrack for Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, who in 1999 went on a killing spree at their high school, fatally shooting 12 children and a teacher.
The Denver Ozzfest show was Manson's first in Colorado since the incident.
He recalls, "I was in Ozzfest at Mile High Stadium and we had hundreds, hundreds of death threats so I'm thinking, 'If I'm going to die, it's going to be today because it's Mile High Stadium.
"They're not going to be able to stop it if someone wants to shoot so when I went onstage I just had to decide, 'I can't live without doing what I do, so I have to accept the fact I'm going to die for it if its going to be today.'
"It was a great show. Obviously I didn't die."
But Manson admits his 'involvement' with the massacre drastically altered his life: "Hollywood and people were giving me dirty looks like I did something wrong... I just learned to deal with it (but) I had to move out of L.A.
"I moved to Chatsworth. I didn't do any press. I refused to."