Post by Darth Florist on Sept 6, 2018 17:38:31 GMT -5
My wife bought me tickets to the gig a few weeks ago as a (very!) belated birthday prezzie. She knew I'd been into Garbage since the "Stupid Girl" single, so she went out and got a couple of tickets for the gig at The Festival Hall (site of the old Empire Theatre). The support was an all-girl duo (guitarist + drummer) called Honeyblood. I didn't find them particularly adventurous musically, but they do need a bassist - there wasn't much depth to the sound.
I'd heard from somewhere that Garbage would be performing "Version 2.0" in its entirety plus a few B-sides. That was true - the DID all of V2.0, but one of the tracks was part of the encore, which I thought was chancing it a bit. They also did "The World is Not Enough", but I would have preferred it if they did the UNKLE re-mix version, which I regard as their musical zenith. They also did Bowie's "Starman" as a somewhat belated tribute, and they did a cover of an Alex Chilton (ex-Box Tops & Big Star) song.
The sound wasn't too good, but I put that down to being the first night of the tour. The balance was poor, with the guitars & keyboards too low down in the mix. They also want to damage the audience's eardrums - it was TOOOOOOOO loud! I had to use my I-Pod ear-pieces as defenders. There were a couple of false starts, as Shirley couldn't hear the pitch and click and blamed George. I could also do without her chat in between songs (very cringe-worthy) and she pandered too much to the front row of the audience.
I expected too much from the gig - carbon copies of what I've heard on the albums and played at a comfortable level. From that standpoint, it was a bad gig, but that's my fault.