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MARILYN MANSON CHECKS OUT

Shock rocker Marilyn Manson went on a rampage over the weekend, trashing his dressing room and destroying the band's hotel rooms during a concert in this upstate town, a newspaper reported today.

Manson and other members of the band set fire to a T-shirt and carpeting, and smashed expensive lighting equipment in their dressing room at the Poughkeepsie Civic Center before the Saturday night show, according to the New York Post.

The fire was out by the time the local fire department reached the arena, but officials warned the band that they would be thrown out and the concert would be canceled if they were called in again, said fire chief Jack Forbes.

After the show, the group wreaked havoc on four rooms in the Poughkeepsie Sheraton, burning carpets and staining sinks with hair dye, a hotel spokeswoman said.

The rampage happened despite promises from Manson's staff that the rock group would be well-behaved. The person who made the reservations for the group told hotel employees that Manson traveled with his parents, and that he "could be mistaken for a businessman," Sheraton general manager Donna McLean told the Post.

But instead of having a professional demeanor, the band arrived in town looking like "freaks," complete with purple hair and one woman wrapped in chains, Ms. McLean said.

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