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SHOW REVIEW _ PHOTOS: Garbage w/ IO ECHO live at Majestic Theatre Detroit 3/30/13 by Jayme Barouch

Show Review: Garbage wsg IO Echo at Majestic Detroit 3/30/13
by Jayme Barouch
photos by Kevin Soney

After an 8 year absence, Garbage returned to Detroit on Saturday evening for a 21 song, one hour and 45 minute set at the Majestic Theatre. The sold out show included an assortment of music from all 5 of their studio albums including 2012’s, Not Your Kind of People. It’s been almost 18 years since the release of their debut studio album, yet their electro pop-rock sounds ever so current. They kicked off the set with Not Your Kind of People’s “Automatic Systematic Habit” and quickly segued into favorites “I Think I’m Paranoid” and “Blood For Poppies”. From there, the band moved around flawlessly, from album to album, through all of the hits “Push It”, “Why Do You Love Me”, and “Cherry Lips (Go Baby Go)” all followed. The set even had a surprise audience proposal, as Shirley and Co brought a couple to the stage for an unsuspecting proposal, which appropriately lead into the “I would die for you” marriage lyrics of “#1 Crush”

As seasoned industry vets, Duke Erikson, Butch Vig, Steve Marker, and Shirley Manson perfectly exhibit showmanship and mastery of the stage, just like a well-oiled machine.  At one point,  Manson talked about the diversity of the crowd, mentioning the wide age gap in the audience and how some of the “kids” in the audience weren’t even alive when their debut album was released in 1995. As far as stage set up goes, simplicity worked for the band, with just a designed curtain behind the band, nothing much more than that. Manson is one of the strongest female rock performers that I’ve seen live, it’s tough to take an eye off of her. Shirley Manson looked as young and gorgeous as she did during the release of their debut album; it’s quite evident that she takes good care of her body. I had immensely high expectations for Garbage and they definitely lived up to them.

IO Echo opened the show with a very brief but alluring set of synthy rock music. IO Echo will have a whole lot of heads focused on them at this year’s Coachella festival.

Read more about them here and pick up a copy of one our favorite records of the year thus far Ministry of Love

Garbage’s Set List
Automatic Systematic Habit
I Think I’m Paranoid
Blood For Poppies
Metal Heart
Push It
Why Do You Love Me
#1 Crush
The One
Cup Of Coffee
Cherry Lips
Man On A Wire
When I Grow Up
Only Happy When It Rains
Beloved Freak
Stupid Girl
You Look So Fine