Manson Plays In Denver Despite Protests
Shock rocker Marilyn Manson took the stage at Mile High Stadium with a piercing scream last night (June 21) as part of the Ozzfest tour, after protesters failed in a months-long campaign to keep him aShock rocker Marilyn Manson took the stage at Mile High Stadium with a piercing scream last night (June 21) as part of the Ozzfest tour, after protesters failed in a months-long campaign to keep him away. Citizens for Peace and Respect said Manson encourages the kind of violent attitudes that led to the 1999 Columbine High School shootings. But fans and others said he had a right to appear.
"I think it's cool that he's here," said Mandy Henry, 19, of Littleton, who brought her 1-week-old daughter, Madison, to the concert. "We all have the right to whatever beliefs we have. I think it's great he's here supporting his beliefs."
Manson had canceled an appearance in Denver after the Columbine massacre, which left 15 dead. Thursday's performance was his first since then.
Citizens for Peace and Respect passed out Christian literature as concertgoers entered the stadium for the daylong Ozzfest. The group tried to dissuade people from attending the concert and held an alternative event, called Hopefest, at Six Flags Elitch Gardens across Interstate 25 from Mile High.
No crowd estimate was immediately available for the Manson concert.
Jeff Vandenberg of Citizens for Peace and Respect said the group passed out doughnuts and soda at Mile High Thursday afternoon and was generally well received. "We had a lot of positive response, and people very willing to take our literature," said Vandenberg, a youth pastor at the Faith Baptist Church in Longmont.
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