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Garbage - Kings Theatre

by paul_guyet Rating:8 Release Date:2011-11-02

I'm not too big on regrets, but one of the bigger ones in my life was not being able to see Garbage in 1996, when I was 15-years-old. I'd won two free tickets to their March 3 performance at Renaissance, but my father wouldn't let me go.

Has this caused an irreparable schism between us? Yes. Do I hate him for not allowing me to be a fan of Garbage longer? Yes. Was seeing Garbage, almost 20 years later, celebrating their self-titled debut album the same as that intimate club show that will, obviously, be forever better in my mind than it was in reality? Of course not. But, we do what we can, don't we?

First things first, when Shirley Manson told me to "bow down to her" towards the end of "Supervixen", I nearly did, would have if she'd asked me one more time. While the band didn't look or play like they've been doing this for two decades, Manson was the star. If her wounded sensuality had been a liquid, the Kings Theatre and its inhabitants would have drowned and been happy for the privilege. Fallen angel, penitent demon, petulant bitch, brazen dominatrix, feminist, object of both desire and scorn, sincere and grateful artist; Manson was all these things while she set the entire place aflame with her voice and gaze. This woman is crimson smoke personified.

All that being said, I really think Garbage needs at least one backup vocalist, maybe two, and a dedicated keyboard player. Depending on who was playing what during which song, sometimes they sounded more electronic, sometimes more rock, sometimes more punk, and, while that can be fun, I always appreciate their fully fleshed out sound more. 

Moments that stood out included "Fix Me Now", "Dog New Tricks", "Only Happy When It Rains" (the entire audience singing loud enough to drown out Manson was something I'll never forget), "Stupid Girl", "Driving Lesson" (mainly for the story behind this ridiculous b-side), "My Lover's Box", "When I Grow Up", and Jesus Christ, Son of God the Father Almighty, "#1 Crush"*.

As far as never getting to see Garbage twenty years ago, on one of their very first tours, and missing out on two decades of rabid fandom...well, I suppose I have the rest of my life to make up for it and I will do so with fervent eagerness.

* It took hearing this live to cement the realization that I would set fire to a church for this woman. Although, why Shirley Manson would ask me to burn down a church is beyond me.

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