Garbage Celebrate 20th Anniversary Of Version 2.0 in Philadelphia
Garbage 20 Years Paranoid Tour
If you’re like me, you probably love the 90’s. Everything from the political climate, the fashion, and of course the music. The 90’s were an ever so magical time in music, band’s like Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Smashing Pumpkins, and then Garbage. What makes Garbage so special you ask? Well in part the birth of something new, something fresh and especially a once undiscovered musical queen from Edinburgh, Scotland. Vocalist Shirley Manson began her journey into mastering her craft in the later part of the 80’s and early 1990’s, performing in local bands Goodbye Mr. Mackenzie and Angelfish.
But, in 1994 something magical happened something that would go on to influence thousands of women around the world and give us some of our favorite songs of that time. Manson crossed the Atlantic and joined up with a studio project simply titled as Garbage, the band which was structured by American producers Butch Vig, Duke Erikson and Steve Marker added a one of a kind flair from the Scottish gem.
Little did they know in 2018 they would be celebrating the 20th Anniversary of their techno rock classic Version 2.0, the follow up to the bands 1995 debut album, is the one that defined their sound. The debut album was Manson getting cozy with her new bandmates meanwhile Version 2.0 was them mastering their sound and putting a stamp on the future of rock music. The album to this day has gone on to sell 4 million records worldwide. In June the band released a special deluxe edition of Version 2.0. To celebrate the albums 20th birthday, you can get yourself a copy from the band’s official store HERE.
Garbage took to Philadelphia Thursday night to celebrate the album, but it was so much more than a party for the record, it was a celebration of the band and the fans that have propelled them to this point. The city of brotherly love arrived in full force. Lines formed down the street from The Fillmore, and inside the venue floor quickly filled up with fans eager to get front and center for the bands performance. As showtime neared, you can feel the energy, the excitement flowing throughout the floor and all the way up to the balcony.
The tour opener Rituals of Mine, formerly known as Sister Crayon, are based out of Los Angeles, California their sound is a mix of electronic and r&b with beautiful and gloomy pop undertones. Rituals of Mine are currently working on their highly anticipated sophomore album which is the follow up to 2016’s Devoted which was released through Warner Brother Records.
Rituals of Mine kicked off the night with a captivating performance, the stage mostly dark with back lights set up illuminating vocalist Terra Lopez perfectly. Her stage presence varies between passionately posing on stage one moment and the next breaking out a hip hop style vocal flow, but make no mistake – does this girl have a voice.
Numerous times throughout the set earth shattering vocals echo throughout the Philadelphia venue much to the pleasure of the fans. The atmospheric approach of little lighting and thin fog are entrancing while listening to the songs. I had never heard of her before, but I will most certainly be following along from now on. Lopez humbley thanked the Philadelphia crowd various times and genuinely encourage the crowd to come meet her and tell her about their favorite Philadelphia spots. I highly recommend giving Devoted a listen as I did the entire ride home.
As the light’s lowered the band dressed in black made their way on stage, while Shirley stepped on with red/orange fishnet stockings, a long white t-shirt and orange war paint across her eyes. Ordinarily the downside to Anniversary shows celebrating a groups “special” album, can fall on the slow or predictable side but Garbage is no ordinary band and this is no ordinary show.
It is everything but predictable, tracks from Version 2.0 are in no particular order, the show boast various B-sides from that time, along with a few surprise covers and song alterations sprinkled throughout. Doing so makes the show fun, unique and keeps you wanting more.
After the band performed the fan favorite “Special” Shirley took a moment to confess her love for America, even telling fans if there was a war between Scotland and America she couldn’t choose, or maybe she would fight for both. She then goes on to tell the story of her first Philadelphia sandwich where the crowd yells out cheesesteak. Shirley and the gang were all smiles from there and went in to a performance of the Bond theme song “The World Is Not Enough”. Garbage went all out for this performance, keeping the stage colorful and having a blast with the show. To the crowds surprise, they were treated to cover versions of “Thirteen” by Big Star and “Can’t Seem To Make You Mine” by The Seeds.
Of course the set included iconic Garbage classics for Shirley to bounce around the stage too, the nearly two hour long 24 song set list featured tracks like “I Think I’m Paranoid”, “Push It”, “You Look So Fine” and a four song encore which included “Queer”, which had the audience screaming with excitement. Manson’s ability to deliver a power, fun, passionate and at times insightful performance is made even more special by her ability to remain human. Shirley’s reputation for being real is even further surpassed by witnessing her in person, she chats up the crowd, tell stories close to her heart and most definitely doesn’t take herself to serious. It’s that fact which makes a Garbage performance extra special, to see the entire band throughout the set clearly humbled by how much fans still love these song’s and the humans that make them, to me was one of the biggest highlights of the night.
The show is without a doubt a special one; you will hear songs you probably haven’t heard live before and probably won’t unless you attend one of the last few Version 2.0 Anniversary show’s. The band has a few more shows in the U.S and a couple in Mexico, check out the remaining dates!
OCT 26 2018 – ATLANTIC CITY, NJ, USA
BORGATA SPA & RESORT – MUSIC BOX –TICKETS
OCT 27 2018 – BROOKLYN, NY, USA
KINGS THEATRE – TICKETS
OCT 30 2018 – PUEBLA, MEXICO
AUDITORIO METROPOLITANO – TICKETS
OCT 31 2018 – QUERÉTARO, MEXICO
AUDITORIO JOSEFA ORTIZ DE DOMINGUEZ – TICKETS
NOV 01 2018 – MEXICO CITY, CDMX, MEXICO
ARENA CIUDAD DE MEXICO – TICKETS
NOV 03 2018 – MONTERREY, NUEVO LEON, MEXICO
MOTHER OF ALL – ROCK FESTIVAL – TICKETS