Garbage returns to Wellmont Theater.
Wednesday night, March 20, Garbage kicked off their last North American tour at the Wellmont Theater in Montclair. The band, having been split for seven years, was greeted by fanatic screams and whistles. It was clear that they were missed.
Before Garbage took the stage, the opening act IO Echo warmed up the crowd. Ioanna Gika and Leopold Ross make up the musical duo IO Echo. Their unique take on music was an experience to see live, and with their debut album “Ministry of Love” releasing April 2, expect to hear a lot more from these two.
The duo performed songs from their upcoming album and their self-titled EP.
Once the brief intermission took place, the theater’s lights went out, and all that was able to be seen was the red lighting from the stage. All Garbage had to do was walk out onto the stage and the crowd went insane. Then the music started, and the fans were in a frenzy. Everyone was out of their seats dancing and singing along. The show kicked off with the song “Supervixen,” which was a high-energy song. It was definitely a great song to open with. Garbage then performed “Queer” and “Blood for Poppies.”
The band then greeted the crowd and welcomed everyone to the first night of their final leg of the Not Your Kind of People Tour. Shirley Manson was on lead vocals, Steve Marker was on keyboard and guitar, Duke Erikson was on bass and Butch Vig was on percussion and drums. They announced that this would most likely be the final leg of the tour so they could go back into the studio to work on their sixth album.
“Push It,” “Metal Heart” and “Control” were the next songs the band played. The band then again talked to the audience for a bit. Garbage was truly grateful for the fans who stuck with them through their sticky situations with record companies and their break from music. They then dedicated their song “Why Do You Love Me?” to their die-hard fans.
After getting an uproarious applause, Garbage continued their set with “#1 Crush,” which had a fantastic guitar solo, “I Think I’m Paranoid,” “Waiting For You” and “Man On A Wire.”
Once again Manson connected with the audience, one member in particular. There was one Garbage fan who not only traveled around to see her favorite band, but also dressed up as the band’s lead singer. Manson had said, “This has been a long time coming. We see you at all of our shows, but never learned your name. What is it?”
The fan’s name was Shannon. Shannon was then invited on stage as the band performed and dedicated “The Trick is to Keep Breathing” to her.
After the dedication, the concert continued with their song “Cherry Lips (Go Baby Go),” “Only Happy When it Rains” and “You Look So Fine.” As soon as Garbage left the stage, the fans were begging for more, and more they received as the band did three encores.
When the last song ended, everyone was rushing for the exit, but Garbage mega-fan Lisa was able to say a few words about the band. “I’ve seen these guys live four times, and this time by far was the best. Mind-blowing.”
That sums up the night perfectly: mind-blowing.