04/06/13 Milwaukee, WI Eagles Ballroom
04/07/13 Madison, WI Orpheum Theater
04/09/13 St. Louis, MO The Pageant
04/10/13 Kansas City, MO Harrah's North Kansas
04/12/13 Las Vegas, NV Pearl Concert Theater
One of the most famous female-fronted bands from the 90s is Garbage, lead by Scottish singer Shirley Manson. I first discovered her through a short-lived band called Angelfish, which you can read about here.…
DJing before and in-between sets was DJ Jake Rudh. I never saw the DJ, but I am assuming he was the person who programmed all the 80s music videos. Lots of early Cure, Joy Division, Curve, Depeche Mode, etc. I love the music from that era, but it may have been lost on the younger crowd (or non-80s alternative fans).
I like what I heard from the band, they sounded very 90s to me. They played some songs off their recent album, Ministry of Love (released this week April 2nd via IAmSound), including "Tiananmen Square (Monsters)", the title track, "Ministry of Love", and their set closer "When the Lillies Die".
Other songs I noted were "Ecstasy Ghost", "Doorway", and "I'm On Fire". The latter is taken from a horror movie soundtrack.
As for Garbage, please refer to their setlist photograph to see what songs were played. I'll try and fill in what's missing.
After playing a handful of new songs from Not Your Kind of People, singer Shirley Manson joked about what "an incredible old band" they were. After they recorded the new record, they really didn't know what to do with it. So it's the old way, properly promoting the record, going on tour, meeting fans, and, in her words, "having fun again".
As for Minneapolis, there's a funny story about it. "Minneapolis is our 17 tour anniversary," Manson said on stage (referring to the fact that their very first live concert was in 1995 at the 7th Street Entry). She continued on to tell the story of how they'd sold out the venue and that "we cannot f**** this up, we cannot f**** this up!" They were so nervous, not really sure how Garbage would unfold that night. So, in a sentence, "Minneapolis holds a special place in our hearts."
Of course, it was a sing-along whenever Garbage played their hits ("Queer", "Only Happy When It Rains", "Vow", etc). Encore included a wonderful "Push It" (this was my favorite of the night), "Stupid Girl", "You Look So Fine", and a cover of Fleetwood Mac's "Dreams".
Sure, Garbage isn't as 'angry' as they used to be, but they certainly are outspoken. At one point in the show, Manson asked some big guys in the front to make a little room for the tiny girls trying to watch the show. "Give them a little space is all I'm asking." This does bring up some concert-going etiquettes: tall/big people, please let smaller people in front of you.
Garbage is currently on tour in support of their Not Your Kind of People album. Be sure to see them on tour.
Garbage at Mill City Nights, Minneapolis (04/05/13)