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Garbage Cleaned Up Nicely at Fillmore on Wednesday
The better Manson from the '90s

By Jeff Hahne

May 9, 2019

 

Garbage in silhouette. (Photo by Jeff Hahne)

Alt-rock outfit Garbage has been cranking out hits since 1993, so it’s no surprise that the quintet hit Charlotte’s Fillmore like a well-oiled machine on Wednesday night. Singer Shirley Manson sounded as good as ever as she ripped through the band’s 22-song set, including a two-song encore.

More than a band that simply goes through the motions, the band has engineered subtle tweaks to many of its songs that breathe new life into them. Manson — along with guitarist Duke Erikson, drummer Butch Vig, guitarist Steve Marker and bassist Eric Avery (Jane’s Addiction) — haven’t lost a step through the years, one of many reasons the venue was packed. It’s been nearly three years since Garbage performed in Charlotte, but it was worth the wait.

The following photos were taken by Jeff Hahne

Setlist

Control
#1 Crush
Stupid Girl
Temptation Waits
Wicked Ways
No Horses
Dumb
Special
Blood for Poppies
Why Do You Love Me
On Fire
Empty
VOW
Parade
Cup of Coffee
Paranoid
Cherry Lips
Push It
Only Happy
Doomed

Encore

Bad Boyfriend
Grow Up

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