For anyone thinking Garbage had gone curbside I whole heartedly disagree.
The house lights dropped as silhouettes behind a white curtain appeared and Garbage kicked off their, ‘20 Years Queer,’ show with “Subhuman;” The Space at Westbury, crowd had no idea what was in store for them this evening.
Some might consider that a band celebrating an albums 20th anniversary is a nostalgia act but I can assure you this band is far from fitting in that category. Shirley Manson, Butch Vig, Steve Marker and Duke Erikson aren’t out on a greatest hits tour or trying to capitalize on their fan base they are on short five week run to celebrate with their fans by offering up a rare treat.
As the curtain dropped and the band continued Manson quickly announced that the nights set would be limited to songs released and recorded during the 95-96 period and would also include some obscure B-sides. Although they may be older, closing your eyes you’d never know it. The band was on fire and sounded as if 20 years never passed. With a mixed crowd that included all age ranges as well as parents with their children, nearly everyone in the house was singing along to the 22 song set list below
Girl Don’t Come
As Heaven Is Wide
The Butterfly Collector (The Jam cover)
Not My Idea
Fix Me Now
My Lover’s Box
Dog New Tricks
A Stroke of Luck
Only Happy When It Rains
Kick My Ass (Vic Chesnutt cover)
Trip My Wire
Cherry Lips (Go Baby Go!)
Although the pictures might not be that great the show was 2 hours of amazing music. Whether you are a longtime fan or someone that just randomly decided to check it out I believe everyone left entertained and impressed.
Looking back on what makes Garbage so appealing and interesting is the fact that they have always
been on the cutting or maybe even bleeding edge of music. With Vig’s production background and all of them being perfectionist they managed to mix rock, pop, punk and grunge and have done so very successfully. Their debut album, the one they are celebrating, sold over 4 million copies and provided a different sound than anything else at the time. Of course with that kind of initial success many bands would just take that formula and stick with it but not Garbage. As they matured as artists they continued to challenge themselves and in turn their fans as well. They took on different styles that sometimes seemed dark while others were pop radio friendly. In turn they exposed their fans to different music styles in addition to creating a symmetry with social issues they deemed important. Fast forward 20+ years and Shirley is still talking about the world, politics, the LGBT movement and singing her ass off as Butch, Steve and Duke crush us musically.
The “20 Years Queer Tour” is winding down with about a dozen dates left (mainly in Europe) so catch it if you can but know this; Garbage isn’t ready to go curbside and aren’t going anywhere other than a studio to record their next album.
Be on the lookout for new music and a new tour, follow them on Facebook as well as their official website and if we are truly lucky we’ll get a Version 2.0 20th Anniversary Tour in two more years; wouldn’t that kick ass??