Garbage at the Ogden Theatre, 10/6/12

Categories: Concert Reviews

Jon Solomon


After opening the show with a vigorous take on "Automatic Systematic Habit," and then following with the equally charged up "I Think I'm Paranoid" and "Shut Your Mouth," Garbage frontwoman Shirley Manson was greeted by a blast of applause from the sold out frenzied crowd at the Ogden Theatre. Manson said it had been a long time coming. Not only had it been seven years since the band's last tour, but also the Ogden show was postponed about five months. "Let me just assure you that we are so much tighter than when we first started out," Manson said. "So I think it all worked for the best."

See also: Steve Marker of Garbage on his approach to production and the joys of living in Colorado

Indeed, Manson and company wasted no time firing up the crowd near the stage, which was primarily dude-centric with few females scattered throughout. No surprise there, as Manson no doubt is one of rock music's sexiest and most mesmerizing singers, and to watch her up close is something to behold.

This was especially the case on the unhurried "Queer," where Manson stayed right by the mike stand the whole song and slowly gyrated her hips. Other times, Manson paced around in circles or shifted on her feet like she'd just entered a boxing ring and was loosening up. There was also something quite feline about her movements on stage. Hell, whatever she was doing was pretty damn captivating.

Jon Solomon

While Manson was the focal point most of the evening, the rest of the band delivered a thoroughly solid set fueled by Butch Vig's propulsive drumming and the bass playing of former Jane's Addiction member Eric Avery. Guitarists Duke Erikson and Steve Marker doubled on keyboards occasionally.

Arms in the crowd were up and clapping during the intro to "Stupid Girl," while Vig laid down the hi-hat beat based on the Clash's "Train in Vain." The crowd seemed equally enthusiastic about "Control" and "#1 Crush." During "Big Bright World" Manson asked one of the security guys to check out what might have been some sort skirmish near the stage.

"I don't know what's happening lately," Manson said after the song, "but every bloody show we do, there's a big fucking ruckus. I'm not kidding. It's like people getting crazy in here. It's really quite a phenomenon. And it's actually usually the girls -- crazy girls getting all heated up."

Jon Solomon

After "Cherry Lips" and "Blood for Poppies," Manson commented on how wide-ranging the crowds were at the band's shows. As mentioned earlier, there was definitely a large gathering of men near the stage, while it was mish-mash of ages and gender in other parts of venue.

Location Info


Ogden Theatre

935 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, CO

Category: Music

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