Concert: Garbage in Tempe, AZ
After an extended break from the stage and recording studio, saucy Garbage lead singer Shirley Manson remains sexier than anyone else. The 45-year-old Scottish siren has aged gracefully -- this coming from a 43-year-old writer -- and can still get away with short shorts, black tights, and a flowing black and shiny shirt.
For the fifth date of Garbage's world tour on Tuesday (4/17), Manson commanded the Marquee Theatre stage in Tempe, AZ, strutting from backstage and immediately throwing her arms up in victory at the microphone stand. The crowd responded as if the '90s alternative band had never been gone.
The men -- and some women in the audience -- cooed as she began the show, appropriately, with "Supervixen" and the lyrics "Come down to my house/Stick a stone in your mouth/You can always pull out/If you like it too much."
She teased the audience a little more with "Temptation Waits," as her three Garbagemen/killer producers drummer Butch Vig and multi-instrumentalists Duke Erikson and Steve Marker produced a wall of sound. They were aided by ex-Jane's Addiction bassist Eric Avery, who wore a simple black T-shirt adorned with the word "Delete."
For "Shut Your Mouth," Manson channeled her finest Phil Anselmo, creating her own little circle pit on the stage. Every movement was greeted with cheers from the near sold-out crowd, especially when she put her finger to her mouth and nodded before singing "shut your mouth."
After finishing "Metal Heart" and "Queer," Manson, in her Scottish accent, yelled "Where the hell have you all been?" She was mocking the long-awaited arrival of Garbage, who before this year's forthcoming "Not Your Kind of People," had not recorded an album since 2005's "Bleed Like Me."
The tour could have been called "Sweat Like Me" as Manson, after a handful of songs, began poking fun of Arizona for its heat.
"I think I might need one of the girls in the audience to give me a hair band," she said. When a female obliged, she replied "I hope you don't have nits (lice)."
The quintet continued the set of deep cuts and favorites like "Cherry Lips (Go Baby Go!)," "Vow" and "I Think I'm Paranoid." Garbage sounded as if it had never left the '90s -- and that's not necessarily a bad thing. The songs are timeless and could be pitted against anything on the radio today.
"We literally had no idea that anyone -- anyone -- would remember who we were," Manson said gushing over the audience's response. "The show of support is just mind-boggling. ... It's people like you who motivated us to get our shit together."
Hopefully fans pick up on "Not Your Kind of People" when it hits stores May 15 on Garbage's own STUNVOLUME record label. When the band premiered the first single, "Blood for Poppies," it was received just as well as the hits. That's a good sign.
Garbage played to a bare stage, with a simple curtain and Avery situated toward the back with uber-producer Vig. But the charismatic Manson, who shadowboxed and shimmied her shoulders, was eye candy enough.
"Shut Your Mouth"
"Why Do You Love Me"
"The World is Not Enough"
"Cherry Lips (Go Baby Go!)"
"Blood for Poppies"
"Man on a Wire"
"I Think I'm Paranoid"
"Only Happy When It Rains"
"The Trick is to Keep Breathing"
"Battle in Me"
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