Madison-native rock band, Garbage, finishes tour at Orpheum Theatre

Evan Halpop

George Treviranus, Editor-in-Chief

Alternative rock band native to Madison, Garbage, lit up Orpheum Theatre with bright lights and loud instrumentals. This is one of the band’s final stops before it completes its international tour.

“This is a particularly emotional show for us,” said Shirley Manson, lead singer for the band. She spoke to the crowd between each song expressing how grateful for Madison the band is and how happy they are to end their tour with a Madison show.

“I kid you not, we’ve played every single venue in Madison,” said drummer Butch Vig during a slight intermission, reminiscing of Garbage’s early beginnings in the city.

The band played a modest mix of old and new music, but primarily focused on much older tracks.

The band opened with numerous older songs, including “I Think I’m Paranoid,” and finished opening with “Control” from “Not Your Kind of People.”

Other memorable songs from the show included “Queer,” “Cherry Lips,” “The Trick is to Keep Breathing,” and “Why Do You Love Me,” each of which had a small prelude from Manson.

The show ended on a high note, with Manson sharing with the audience her first experiences in the United States from Scotland. She apologized because she felt it was too boring, but also that Madison is one of the best places in the nation due to its political activism and social acceptances of what some might consider “weird” individuals.

Opening for Garbage was Io Echo, a very ethereal sounding band with heavy use of lights.  They are currently working on their debut album, to be out later this year.