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Portrait of an American Family
Tour by Marilyn Manson
Associated albumPortrait of an American Family
Start dateDecember 27, 1994
End dateMarch 11, 1995
No. of shows43
Marilyn Manson concert chronology
  • Independent Touring
  • Portrait of an American Family
  • Smells Like Children

The Portrait of an American Family Tour was Marilyn Manson's first headlining tour. It was launched in support of the band's first full-length debut album, Portrait of an American Family, which was released on July 19, 1994, five months before the tour began.

The tour began on December 27, 1994, in Jacksonville, Florida, at Club 5. After this show, the first night of the tour, frontman Marilyn Manson was arrested and taken into custody for violating the Adult Entertainment Code by allegedly donning a strap-on dildo on stage. In spite of this, Manson was freed and the band appeared in Orlando the following night as scheduled.

The tour concluded on March 11, 1995, after the band had played 43 shows. The last show was played in Columbia, South Carolina, at the Alcatrazz venue.


Stage antics

During these concerts, the stage was usually arranged with living room décor, not unlike that on the cover of Portrait of an American Family. A table with a lamp was the most commonly seen piece at the shows. The first and last shows included the most memorable incidents of the tour. On December 27, 1994, Manson was misidentified as "jacking off a strap-on dildo" and "urinating on the crowd,"[1] resulting in his arrest just one night into the tour. When concluding the concerts with a South Carolina show on March 11, 1995, Manson slipped on a beer bottle, smashing it. Angry, Manson picked up a piece of the bottle and cut his chest "from one side to the other," his first act of notoriously cutting himself on-stage. Closing the performance, the band also ignited drummer Sara Lee Lucas' kit in an attempt to ignite only his bass drum. Claims that Lucas himself was lit aflame have been made by Manson but are disputed by Lucas.[N 1]

Tour overview

Tour dates

List of concerts, showing date, city, country, and venue
Date City Country Venue Opening Act(s) Attendance Revenue
December 27, 1994 Jacksonville United States Club 5 n/a N/A N/A
December 28, 1994 Orlando The Edge N/A N/A
December 29, 1994 Tampa Jannus Landing N/A N/A
December 31, 1994 Fort Lauderdale The Edge N/A N/A
January 11, 1995 Houston Abyss N/A N/A
January 13, 1995 Dallas Trees N/A N/A
January 14, 1995 Austin Backroom N/A N/A
January 15, 1995 San Antonio Showcase N/A N/A
January 17, 1995 El Paso Club 101 N/A N/A
January 18, 1995 Mesa Nile N/A N/A
January 19, 1995 Los Angeles Whiskey N/A N/A
January 21, 1995 San Francisco Bottom of the Hill N/A N/A
January 22, 1995 Palo Alto The Edge N/A N/A
January 24, 1995 Slidell The Snake Pit N/A N/A
January 25, 1995 Vancouver Canada Pacific Coliseum N/A N/A
January 27, 1995 Salt Lake City United States Club Vortex[2] N/A N/A
January 28, 1995 Denver Ogden Theater N/A N/A
January 30, 1995 St. Louis Mississippi Nights N/A N/A
February 1, 1995 Minneapolis First Avenue N/A N/A
February 2, 1995 Milwaukee Shank Hill N/A N/A
February 3, 1995 Chicago Metro N/A N/A
February 4, 1995 Detroit St. Andrews Hall N/A N/A
February 5, 1995 Lakewood Phantsy Theatre N/A N/A
February 7, 1995 Toronto Canada Opera House N/A N/A
February 9, 1995 Cambridge United States Middle East Café N/A N/A
February 10, 1995 Northampton Pearl Street Nightclub N/A N/A
February 11, 1995 Providence Club Babyhead N/A N/A
February 12, 1995 New York City Limelight N/A N/A
February 14, 1995 Washington, D.C. 9:30 Club N/A N/A
February 15, 1995 Hampton Nsect Club N/A N/A
February 17, 1995 New Orleans Muddy Waters N/A N/A
February 21, 1995 Atlanta Point N/A N/A
February 22, 1995 Athens Georgia State Theatre N/A N/A
February 24, 1995 Syracuse Goldstein Auditorium N/A N/A
February 25, 1995 Philadelphia Theater for Living Arts N/A N/A
February 27, 1995 Middletown Sportland Café N/A N/A
March 1, 1995 Oldbridge Birch Hill Night Club N/A N/A
March 2, 1995 Lido Beach Malibu Night Club N/A N/A
March 4, 1995 Buffalo Network N/A N/A
March 6, 1995 Albany QE2 N/A N/A
March 7, 1995 Lancaster Chameleon Club N/A N/A
March 8, 1995 Cincinnati Bogarts N/A N/A
March 9, 1995 Winston-Salem Ziggy's Tavern N/A N/A
March 10, 1995 Carrboro Cat's Cradle N/A N/A
March 11, 1995 Columbia Alcatrazz {Monster Voodoo Machine Isabelle's Gift } {NA}



  1. ^ Sara Lee Lucas told MansonWiki in November 2010, "I was never lit on fire, and my kit was never intentionally ignited. My decision to leave the band was made long before that last show but I didn't want to leave in the middle of tour."


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  2. ^ Iwasaki, Scott (1997-01-10). "Manson Heads For The Hills Saturday". Deseret News. Deseret News Publishing Company. Archived from the original on 2019-02-06. Retrieved 2019-02-06.