Garbage blew in Seattle, Wa Saturday at the end of September with an energetic sold-out kick off show for the US dates to their Twenty Years Paranoid tour at the Showbox Sodo. This tour happened in celebration of their billboard topping album, Version 2.0, which brought the band much success back in May of 1998 when it was released. Lead singer, Shirley Manson, graced the stage with a wild orange and black fishnet inspired outfit with nods to Siouxie Sioux, Harley Quinn, and Daryl Hannah’s Pris (from Blade Runner) adorning the signature stripe across her eye line. Her bandmates, producer and drummer, Butch Vig, guitarists Steve Marker and Duke Erickson, and former Jane’s Addiction bassist Eric Avery (added for the tour) were present and ready to rock.
The band opened their set with the ambient B-side “Afterglow”, which was released with their single “I Think I’m Paranoid” in a two-disc set. It was followed up with the other B-side of the set, “Deadwood” which has a haunting glow about it. Manson’s voice is still very solid and seductive after all these years.
Garbage didn’t waste any time bringing forth the energy, by the time their track of “Wicked Ways” was swirling through the sound systems, hints of Depeche Mode’s “Personal Jesus” were mixed in as Shirley played coy and fierce on the stage. Fans were also treated to the infamous “The World Is Not Enough” James Bond theme song Garbage had written for the title movie in 1999, and chart-toppers such as “Special” and “When I Grow Up” which appeared on the Big Daddy soundtrack with Adam Sandler.
This tour was aimed more toward the hardcore Garbage fans and followers. Shirley explained they had even forgotten many of the melodies of the songs over the years and although they were resurrected for the tour, plenty would not be returning live in the future. The band also gave a nod to empowering women with their B-side hit amongst fans “Soldier Through This”. They continued to keep the energy flowing with such popular live performances of “Hammering in My Head” and the LGBT community themed “Cherry Lips”, as a finale, from their Beautiful Garbage release. Fans were also treated to one of Garbage’s most recent releases “No Horses”, which will donate 100% of their profits from sales and streams to the International Committee of The Red Cross until the end of 2018.
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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 before they head off to Mexico for three more dates at the beginning of November. See official dates and ticket links on their website, Garbage.com