w/ Special Guest Girls Against Boys - Concert @
Dane County Coliseum - Madison, WI - 11.18.98
Feel Like a Homecoming Queen!"
was a great night. I finally saw one of the last bands on
my list of REQUIRED concerts. (All I have left is Radiohead).
Lucky for me as well as the rest of Madison, WI it was an
excellent show. Garbage had finally come home. The Madison
native band (except for Shirley Manson, who is from Edinburgh,
Scotland) has not played a show in their town since March
of 1996. Wednesday, November 18, 1998 was their homecoming.
started out with special guests Girls Against Boys. Their
sound was an excellent mix of Industrial and punk rock. The
synthesized beats / keyboards mixed with a hard guitar crush
gave them a harder edge than I think anyone expected. The
beats pulsed, and they got the crowd moving - which is a feat
most opening acts fail to achieve. Add an inflatable alien
and insect to the crowd and they will go nuts. Add the lead
singer and you have a frenzy. Very sweet - especially how
he continued to sing the vocals.
music, darkness, very cool. The orchestration begins to skip,
like a bad needle on a record. Lights up - Temptation Waits.
That is how the show began. Fierce power - Garbage was determined
to give their neighbors and supporters the show they had waited
for; the show they deserved. Manson announced their return
with "Madison, Wisconsin!! I feel like a homecoming queen!"
not the end of the mentions of Madison, in fact it was the
main topic of conversation for the evening. Some locals up
here have been complaining about a few unsavory remarks Manson
had been quoted as saying regarding Madison. She cleared them
up in a hurry. "Whenever you sell more than two records
you get grossly misquoted." This was in regards to a
Rolling Stone interview - an interview which Manson
states she is currently suing the magazine over. To make sure
the fans know of the true love the band has for this wonderful
city, they filmed a video for "When I Grow Up" at
the show. In fact, it took two times to get the copy they
wanted. She simply told the fans to "act like we're international
was the music? Yes, I had to leave the best part for later
in the review. Hate me if you want, but you were not there.
I couldn't just break out that information at the beginning.
In one word the music was "awesome."
never realized how much of the music is actually done on instruments,
such as guitar and drums. Previously I thought most of it
was done on drum machines and synthesizers. I guess I could
have been wrong (though I hate to admit it). Butch Vig was
a god on drums. The beats were insanely perfect, yet thrashingly
impossible as well. Duke Erikson is an unbelievable guitarist
- I was simply amazed at the speed and professionality with
which he could pull off some of those riffs. The processors,
etc. that he goes through give the guitar sounds never before
conceived of - Garbage are musical genius. Perhaps they should
change the dictionary definition.
started with definite zest, but the one to get everyone involved
had to have been "I Think I'm Paranoid." Everyone
there knew the song - and they brought it out nice and early
to get the crowd pumped. "Hammering in my Head"
brought to mind visions of a rave; the hard techno beats,
the pulsing lights, the movement of the crowd. It was invigorating
to say the least. "Stupid Girl" seemed to have a
greater punch than the album version, and "Stupid Girl"
was as power-pop as they could get. Strangely, Shirley did
not sing the dirty version of "Vow" although she
did change the lyrics around a bit at the end. For a while
I was not sure if I was at a concert or at an aerobics class
while the band played "Push It." Manson changed
the tone of the lyrics to sound like more of a motivational
song than anything - it was actually quite funny. The last
song before the encore was "You Look so Fine."
began with a cover of a Vic Chestnutt song, "Supernatural."
Manson said the band likes playing it live because they were
unable to play it for the Vic Chestnutt tribute CD, as it
was already taken. "The Trick is to Keep Breathing"
followed, dedicated to one of Shirley's party friends out
here in Madison. Finally, the show ended with a second playing
of "When I Grow Up." They needed another copy of
the song to make their video.Maybe you will see yours truly
on MTV one of these days.
I ignore the best part of the show? You may or may not know
what I am getting at, but here it comes anyway. Shirley Manson
is even sexier in real life than any other way I have seen
her. Media simply doesn't do her justice. She knows how to
move. Even though she was wearing only baggy cargo pants,
a tight black tank top, and her hair in a ponytail she knew
how to look good.
she slinked about the stage like a minx added to the sensuality
of the music. She knows she is sexy - and used it greatly
to her advantage. A few quotes come to mind "You can
still be naughty." (when she told people to back up for
security reasons) and "I'll go down on you, if you want
me to" (#1 Crush). The way she stated these, along with
her accent made my night.
although I did not get to go backstage, I had a great show.
I love our band. They love us too, out here in Madison.
The talk of them not being a true local band is bullshit.
They care about their city - and the fact that they came here
later in the tour, once they were sure they could play all
the songs well live, is a tribute to the town they love so
well. Maybe I should head down to the Rave in Milwaukee on
Tuesday... but then I would be a stalker, and heaven forbid
Think I'm Paranoid
in my Head
I Grow Up
Happy When it Rains
Look so Fine
(Vic Chestnutt cover)
Trick is to Keep Breathing
I Grow Up (second shoot)