“It’s gonna be one of those nights,” Garbage lead singer Shirley Manson said last night at the sold out 9:30 Club, “I feel it in me bones.” And she was right: There was lots of energy and obvious camaraderie—both onstage and off—as the band played their last date of their “Twenty Years Queer” U.S. tour. From the start, Manson warned the audience she was going to be chatty. She gave shout-outs to lots of folks—from their tour bus drivers, to Shannon Rosendale, a super fan from Maryland in the audience who comes to shows dressed as Manson’s twin. She told the audience about about how she discovered the female orgasm at 13 (thanks to reading a book). She recalled how she came to write her first song ever, “Stroke of Luck” (she’d lied to her Garbage bandmates that she’d written songs before). She even talked about when she played the old Black Cat with Vic Chestnutt and her old band, Angelfish, how Chestnutt helped her be strong enough to face the rats in her dressing room (he told her to fuck off).
Manson and her counterparts kicked off the night with “Subhuman,” playing behind a giant white sheet. Once they slammed into second song, “Supervixen,” the sheet dropped and the audience seduction began. By the time they wrapped the four-song encore with “Push It,” Garbage and Manson’s purring burr made sure the audience would be around in another 20 years as well.
See photos from the show in the Gallery.