Review and Photos by Terry MayerCan Garbage be beautiful? It is when Scottish sensation Shirley Manson fills the trash can. Along with Wisconsin's own Butch Vig, Duke Erikson and Steve Marker, Garbage thundered into Milwaukee's Eagles Ballroom last Saturday night. The band soon got it going as they started off with the strained chords of "Push It" off of Version 2.0, followed by "Temptation" and "Paranoid." The fans ate it up. Manson, now sporting a platinum buzz cut, white tank-top and pants moved from stage-right to stage-left with enough propulsion to give the Apollo rocket a run for it's money. Everyone was having a great time. The fans, the band and even the people working the venue danced to the intoxicating and unique rhythms reserved only for Garbage. "Til the Day I Die," from their recent release Beautiful Garbage, gave the crowd something they may not have been used to, but the response was a mix of anticipation and adulation.
The steady pace continued until Manson slowed up the momentum and displayed her talents on the guitar on "So Like A Rose," a very beautiful song that had couples dancing and swaying in the dark recesses of the ballroom.
"Shut You Mouth" and "Parade," both off the current album, brought the crowd subtly back and prepared everyone for "Stupid Girl," in which you couldn't help but shake your hips and scream out the infectious chorus. "Cherry Lips (Go Baby Go)" and "Vow" were a great transition from the new material to the old. The set list couldn't have been better, the arrangement of all three albums and the pacing of the songs was masterful.
The encore blasted back with "Supervixen," which exploded like a triple shot of espresso. "Milk" followed, only to give way to "Only Happy When it Rains." Manson and Garbage made lightning and thunder come crashing down louder than the actual storm brewing outside. Garbages' enthusiasm and passion of performing live is still apparent and has no signs of fading.
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