Marilyn Manson spoke about the accident he suffered onstage in New York on Sept. 30, which shattered bones in his right leg and forced the postponement of at least nine dates on the tour.
The band was performing their cover of Eurythmics’ “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)” when a large prop at the center of the stage — a podium, framed by two giant fake pistols — wobbled dramatically. After Manson tried to hold up the podium, it fell upon him. The band kept playing for several moments until they noticed the singer was not getting up.
“I only recently watched the video of it,” Manson told Yahoo Music, his leg still in a cast. “I can see how it could look terrifying. It was terrifying for me, because the truss was not secured properly.”
While onlookers said he appeared to be trying to climb the podium, “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.”
Manson was taken to a local hospital where doctors inserted a plate and 10 screws into the bone, plus another screw through his ankle bone, then placed a hard cast around his leg.
“It definitely could have crushed my skull and my ribs,” Manson says. “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.”
Manson said he will resume the tour when he recovers, although the date was unclear at press time.