Garbage played their second US tour date for the Twenty Years Paranoid September 30th at Portland’s Roseland Theater. It’s no surprise this was another sold out date. Garbage has a big fan following and has always treated their fans with the utmost respect through the years. This tour is celebrating their second album, Version 2.0, which hit heavy on the Billboard charts back in the late nineties. The band were nominated for two Grammy Awards in 1999 for Album of The Year and Best Rock Album.
Lead singer, Shirley Manson approached the stage in a bright sparkling red over-sized jacket as the band started up with “Afterglow”, a B-side track from their chart-topping “I Think I’m Paranoid” single. As Manson cooed “center on the wide horizon, focus on the galaxy…”, fans started cheering with excitement. By the third song, “Temptation Waits”, Shirley had removed her jacket and was ready to rock out adorning a bright shimmering gold dress atop bright orange and black fishnets and matching orange accessories. Manson also was sporting shiny black combat-esque boots with a bright orange strap. This was reminiscent of her signature look of short skirts, fishnets and combat boots she has made so popular over the years.
As the song ended, a snippet of Juliette Lewis as Mallory Knox (from Natural Born Killers) started up with “are you flirting with me” to introduce “Wicked Ways”. The band was in full swing mixing in pieces of Depeche Mode’s “Personal Jesus” into the song as Manson put out her hands to ‘reach out and touch faith’. The songs kept flowing including the popular single “Special” and the James Bond theme “The World Is Not Enough”. Shirley then took a moment to introduce “Get Bizzy With the Fizzy”, another B-side track, as their “only party song.” After knocking it out of the park with “Hammering in My Head”, a fan favorite live, the band slowed it down to sing “Medication” while Shirley sat on the drum platform surrounded by her bandmates Butch Vig, Steve Marker, Duke Erickson and Eric Avery.
The set-list carried on with the band’s Big Star cover of “Thirteen” and the Seeds cover of “Can’t Seem to Make You Mine” before jumping back into powerful hits such as B-side “Lick the Pavement”, the first single off Version 2.0, “Push It” and the ever-popular “When I Grow Up”. The band then winded down the crowd with the popular love anthem “You Look So Fine” where Shirley played her orange Fender guitar and sang bits of “Dreams” by Fleetwood Mac.
Fans couldn’t get enough, and as the crowd cheered wildly, Garbage quickly obliged and returned to the stage seemingly filled with joy and emotions, for encores of “The Trick Is To Keep Breathing”, new track “No Horses”, which donates 100% of profits from sales and streams to the International Committee of The Red Cross until the end of 2018, and the popular “Cherry Lips” from their third release, Beautiful Garbage.
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Garbage will continue their Twenty Years Paranoid tour through the end of October in the states, with a final date of October 27th in Brooklyn, NY and jet off to Mexico for three more dates in the beginning of November.
Tickets are still available for some shows at Garbage.com