Marilyn Manson was rushed to hospital after an onstage accident during his Sept. 30 show at New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom left the shock rocker injured.
In a mishap that could have been lifted from rock mockumentary “This Is Spinal Tap”, Manson was onstage during a number when he attempted to climb a stage prop, consisting of a scaffold-like ladder with two huge guns attached to either side.
As seen in the above video, Manson is performing his version of Eurythmics’ “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)”, about an hour into the show, when he begins to climb the ladder — which was apparently not anchored to the stage, causing the entire thing to collapse on top of him.
Members of Manson’s road crew can be seen rushing to the stage to lift the heavy prop off him, with some crew members attending to the injured star while others attempt to secure the prop with what appear to be sandbags.
Social media reports from members of the audience indicate that Manson lay on the stage for about 15 minutes before he was taken away on a stretcher, with the audience told to leave.
According to The Guardian, the rest of the concert was cancelled and Manson was rushed to a nearby hospital; the severity of his injuries are not known at this time.
A rep for the artist told Variety that Manson will have to postpone nine tour dates while he recovers at home.
The Guardian cites a report from concert attendee Yousif Al Zaid, who explained what he witnessed.
“It happened in the middle of his song ‘Sweet Dreams’. He performed it and all of a sudden he climbed on to the two guns,” he said. “At end of the song he bent over holding one of the poles [on the prop] and tipped over. Then it all went silent and you could hear a pin drop. Everyone rushed to him and there were rumours he was dead. Then they brought out a stretcher and he was taken away.”
He added: “On my Twitter feed today people are saying he has only broken his leg or fractured his ankle, but there’s no official news yet. It’s crazy actually – when he fell they closed the curtain on the stage and dimmed the lights. They then escorted everyone out.”
The Guardian spoke with another eyewitness, who wished to remain anonymous, who said: “From my view point in the front row it didn’t look like he put that much weight on it [the prop] when it started tipping. He tried to brace himself and push it back but it completely tipped and fell on him. Two or three of his crew members rushed to get it off of him quickly.”
The source added: “Around this time his girlfriend, she’d been watching from a chair on the side of the stage, rushed over to him. His girlfriend rushed off to the stage within moments with her hand over her mouth and clearly panicked … the security guard near me said they had paramedics on site. It was another minute or two before actual medics started to get on stage.”
In a subsequent interview with Yahoo Music (via Variety), Manson broke his silence about the accident, revealing his leg was broken and is now in a cast.
“I only recently watched the video of it,” said Manson. “I can see how it could look terrifying. It was terrifying for me, because the truss was not secured properly.”
While it appears as if Manson was trying to climb on the prop, he insists that wasn’t the case. “I wasn’t trying to climb it,” he said. “It started to fall and I tried to push back and I didn’t get out the way in time. I’m not sure what I hit my head on, but it did fall onto my leg and break the fibula in two places. The pain was excruciating.”
As Manson explained, he was taken to a nearby hospital where doctors inserted a plate and 10 screws into the bone, along with another screw through his ankle bone.
“It definitely could have crushed my skull and my ribs. I have some minor bruising in that area, but it took six guys to pull it off of me. It was like wrestling a giant iron monster,” added Manson, noting that he’ll resume the tour as soon as he recovers.
Meanwhile, here’s what people said about the incident on social media at the time: