US rock star Marilyn Manson was rushed to hospital after a concert in the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York went spectacularly wrong. Just as he was singing his hit song ‘Sweet Dreams’, one of his stage props, a giant double gun display, fell down on him. The two large guns held together by metal scaffolding lay on him for a few minutes before staff could finally lift it.
Eyewitness Anthony Biscardi said fans present at the concert: "instantly freaked out”.
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Mr Biscardi added that: "he was performing the song Sweet Dreams. Towards the middle of the song it seemed as though he tried climbing onto a prop. The first touch of weight on those poles and it came crashing down onto him. He was pretty limp, almost as though he was unconscious."
The singer lay on stage covered by a black sheet for about 15 minutes and did not get up. At the end he was carried out by medical staff and immediately transferred to the nearest hospital.
The show was later cancelled ‘due to injury’ and representatives of the singer put out a statement: "Manson suffered an injury towards the end of his incredible NYC show. He is being treated at a local hospital."
Marilyn Manson is a 48-year old singer who is known for his controversial stage personality, his great wit during interviews and a name that is made combining two American cultural icons: actress Marilyn Monroe and serial killer and cult leader Charles Manson.
He knew great success in the 1990 with his albums Antichrist Superstar and Mechanical Animals. He was nominated for four Grammy Awards during his career so far and is one of the best known heavy metal vocalists in the US.
He played a minor part in the cult classic movie ‘Lost Highway’ and was features in Michael Moore’s political documentary ‘Bowling for Columbine’.