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The Funeral Portrait Respond To Criticism Over Their Upcoming Shows With Marilyn Manson


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The Funeral Portrait have found themselves the target of criticism on social media for their decision to open for Marilyn Manson at an upcoming August 17th show in Chicago, IL. That event, which will take place at the Byline Bank Aragon Ballroom, was one of a trio of headlining dates the shock rocker announced yesterday (April 29th) as part of his live comeback. As it turns out, The Funeral Portrait and Slaughter To Prevail will also open Manson‘s September 01st show at the Grand Theater at Grand Sierra Resort and Casino in Reno, NV.

Manson‘s plans to return to the music industry this year follow a several year absence precipitated by a over a dozen women coming forward against him with allegations of sexual assault/misconduct. Several of those allegations resulted in his accusers filing civil lawsuits against him over past alleged incidents.

Those suits have been playing out in the courts over the past few years. Some have been resolved by either settlement or dismissal, while others continue to work their way through the legal system. For his part, Manson has publicly denied the allegations put forth against him.

Upon being revealed as the opener for the aforementioned shows yesterday, The Funeral Portrait have found themselves fending off criticism for their decision to associate with Manson and open the show. Screencaps of several deleted tweets which were apparently made by the band’s bassist Rob Weston have been circulating online, they find him addressing the controversy on social media. In those tweets (see below), Weston allegedly stated:

“I’m sorry my band that has consistently played 200 cap venues for 7 years + has a chance open shows in front of thousands of people and people wanna be upset by it. If you truly know the people we are and you know the grind we’ve been on, you wouldn’t be mad.”

“If what we are doing isn’t affecting your life personally, then why get mad about it? You weren’t a fan before, and that’s fine. No one is forcing anyone to go to these shows.”

Update: April 30th, 2024 10:41am:

This story was updated to reflect an additional show in Reno, NV which The Funeral Portrait will also open.

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