For Jonathan Wall Christmas came early as he scored tickets to the recently announced Marilyn Manson concert at the South Okanagan Events Centre.
“This is an absolute dream come true. I would never have expected it in Penticton, but this is probably the coolest thing that’s ever happened to this town,” Wall said.
On Dec. 19 he joined 20 other Manson fans as they lined up for tickets on the opening day of sales for the March 28 stop on the Hell Not Hallelujah tour.
Wall is a long-time fan of Marilyn Manson, dating back to when the band was originally called Marilyn Manson and the Spooky Kids in the early 1990s. He never expected a show like this so close to home.
“I was just blown away. I’ve been a fan since I was 15, I have Manson tattoos and everything,” Wall said, sporting a tattoo featuring one of the band’s earliest logos, a grimacing, spooky looking tree.
Wall is not alone in his excitement. The announcement on the SOEC’s Facebook page alone has garnered 376 likes and 290 shares so far and the announcement story on pentictonwesternnews.com is already the third most read entertainment story of 2014. There is an air of enthusiasm surrounding this show according to Carla Seddon, director of marketing at the SOEC.
“We could see on our Facebook page how many people were talking about the announcement. It’s not always a really great indication, sometimes people just like to talk,” Seddon said. “We were expecting a pretty good on sale (turnout) so we’re pretty happy.”
The announcement came as a slight surprise to some, as this is the first foray into the shock rock/industrial metal genre for the SOEC.
“We’ve never really had anything of this particular genre yet. We were working on a couple of shows hoping to get something like this, and this one came through so we’re excited,” Seddon said.
Looking at the response for this particular show and how strong it has been, we’ll definitely be looking at more shows like this (in the future) for sure.”
Tickets can be purchased online at www.ValleyFirstTix.com, over the phone 1-877-763-2849 or at the Valley First Box Office in the SOEC.