20 Years Paranoid

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20 Years Paranoid
Tour by Garbage
20yearsParanoidtourposter.jpg
Associated albumVersion 2.0
Start dateSeptember 2, 2018
End dateNovember 3, 2018
Legs2 total
No. of shows15 in Europe
25 in North America
40 total
Garbage concert chronology

20 Years Paranoid is a concert tour by American-Scottish alternative rock group Garbage, to mark the twentieth anniversary of their second album Version 2.0.[1] The title also references the album's second single "I Think I'm Paranoid", and the promotional poster is redolent of the album's orange jacket artwork.[2] The tour was preceded in June by a special 20-year anniversary edition of Version 2.0, which was re-mastered in late 2017. Garbage will perform the album in its entirety as well as all the B-sides recorded and released during the album's promotional cycle spanning the years 1998–2000.[3]

Tour announcement[edit]

The commemorative tour was initially announced in September 2017 with a single headline show confirmed in London.[2] Further European dates, including a "homecoming" concerts in Glasgow and Edinburgh, and a show at Paris Bataclan, were announced the following February.[3] Before the first shows were announced, Shirley Manson told Variety in mid 2017 that "We’re thinking of doing a Version 2.0 anniversary tour [to mark the album’s 20th anniversary] with all of the album tracks and B-sides, so there will be a lot of songs that we have not even played before that we’ll be trying next year."[4] North American dates were announced in April, with Mexican shows following in July.

Upon the announcement of the tour, Shirley Manson stated: "Version 2.0 was a very significant record for us and we know our fans feel the same way about it too. This should be a very special night for us all".[3] Manson later told Hot Press: "Revisiting the b-sides has been interesting because some of them were literally written in an afternoon and then forgotten about until now. One of them, "Lick the Pavement" is this un-thought out, un-tampered with burst of energy. There's also a version of Big Star’s "Thirteen", which Alex Chilton said was his favourite cover of any of his songs. It's not a pat on the head... it's a fucking medal with a garland of flowers beneath it. I mean, Big Star... it doesn't get any cooler than that!”[5]

Garbage preempted the tour with a short set at the Electric Picnic festival in Republic of Ireland on Sunday 2nd September. The band preceded Nile Rodgers & Chic, George Ezra, Picture This and The Prodigy.[6] The tour was also supplemented by two festival shows in North America: CalJam in San Bernardino, CA preceding Tenacious D, Iggy Pop with Post Pop Depression and Foo Fighters, and ended their run at the Mother of All Rock Festival in Monterrey, Mexico, preceding Sammy Hagar, Whitesnake and Guns N' Roses.

Support Acts[edit]

Setlists[edit]

Edinburgh (September 4th, 2018) - Newcastle (September 12th, 2018)

 

  1. "Afterglow"
  2. "Deadwood"
  3. "Temptation Waits"
  4. "Wicked Ways"
  5. "Special"
  6. "The World Is Not Enough"
  7. "13x Forever"
  8. "Get Busy With the Fizzy"
  9. "Hammering in My Head"
  10. "Medication"
  11. "Thirteen"
  12. "Can't Seem to Make You Mine"
  13. "I Think I'm Paranoid"
  14. "Sleep Together"
  15. "Dumb"
  16. "Soldier Through This"
  17. "Lick the Pavement"
  18. "Push It"
  19. "When I Grow Up"
  20. "You Look So Fine"
  1. "The Trick Is to Keep Breathing"
  2. "Starman"
London (September 13th, 2018) - Mexico City (November 1st, 2018)

 

  1. "Afterglow"
  2. "Deadwood"
  3. "Temptation Waits"
  4. "Wicked Ways"
  5. "Special"
  6. "The World Is Not Enough"
  7. "13x Forever"
  8. "Get Busy With the Fizzy"
  9. "Hammering in My Head"
  10. "Medication"
  11. "Thirteen"
  12. "Can't Seem to Make You Mine"
  13. "I Think I'm Paranoid"
  14. "Sleep Together"
  15. "Dumb"
  16. "Soldier Through This"
  17. "Lick the Pavement"
  18. "Push It"
  19. "When I Grow Up"
  20. "You Look So Fine"
  1. "The Trick Is to Keep Breathing"
  2. "No Horses"
  3. "Cherry Lips"

An orchestral sample, pitch-shifted and slowed down preceded the band onstage, where they opened with b-sides "Afterglow" and "Deadwood". These, alongside "13x Forever", are live debuts on this tour. Album tracks intersperse b-sides throughout, peaking the main set with three of their biggest songs. Deep cuts such as "Wicked Ways", "Medication", "Sleep Together" and "Dumb" had not been performed by the band in almost twenty years. "Wicked Ways" is mashed-up with a section from Depeche Mode's "Personal Jesus",[10] "13x Forever" ends on a part from The Kinks' "Tired of Waiting for You", while "You Look So Fine" features an extended outro of lyrics from Fleetwood Mac's "Dreams". Further into the run Shirley adlibbed from Siouxsie and the Banshees "Happy House" on "Dumb". Some of the songs are preceded with pop-cultural reference samples triggered to lead in the music. These include dialogue from movies such as Natural Born Killers, To Have and Have Not, sex, lies and videotape, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Blade Runner, All About Eve, The Conversation, The Graduate, Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind and The Crow. The encore consists of album centrepiece "The Trick Is to Keep Breathing" and a cover version of David Bowie's "Starman", which is scheduled for vinyl release later in 2018.

The band rehearsed around 25 songs for the tour.[11] At both London shows, "Starman" was substituted for "No Horses" and "Cherry Lips", which continued on as the closing songs for the rest of the tour. Some fan requests were taken at points, including Beautiful Garbage tracks "Cup of Coffee" and "Parade". Late into the run, the band performed "#1 Crush" and "Only Happy When it Rains" in lieu of "No Horses".

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue
Europe
September 2, 2018 Stradbally Republic of Ireland Electric Picnic
September 4, 2018 Edinburgh United Kingdom Edinburgh Festival Theatre[12]
September 5, 2018 Glasgow Barrowland Ballroom[13][14]
September 7, 2018 Bristol Ashton Gate Stadium[15]
September 8, 2018 Birmingham Digbeth Arena
September 9, 2018 Manchester Manchester Academy
September 11, 2018 Nottingham Rock City
September 12, 2018 Newcastle Northumbria SU Institute
September 14, 2018 London O2 Brixton Academy[3]
September 15, 2018
September 17, 2018 Cologne Germany E-Werk
September 18, 2018 Berlin Huxleys
September 20, 2018 Paris France Bataclan[16]
September 22, 2018 Esch-sur-Alzette Luxembourg Rockhal
September 23, 2018 Utrecht Netherlands TivoliVredenburg
North America
September 29, 2018 Seattle United States Showbox SoDo
September 30, 2018 Portland Roseland Theater
October 2, 2018 Reno Grand Theatre
October 3, 2018 Oakland Fox Oakland Theatre
October 5, 2018 Las Vegas Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
October 6, 2018 San Bernardino CalJam
October 7, 2018 Tempe Marquee Theatre
October 9, 2018 Albuquerque Sunshine Building
October 11, 2018 Dallas House of Blues
October 12, 2018 Houston House of Blues
October 13, 2018 Tulsa Paradise Cove
October 16, 2018 Madison The Sylvee
October 17, 2018 Chicago Riviera Theatre
October 18, 2018 Northfield Hard Rock Live
October 20, 2018 Port Chester Capitol Theatre
October 21, 2018 Washington, D.C. Lincoln Theatre
October 22, 2018
October 23, 2018 Boston House of Blues
October 25, 2018 Philadelphia The Fillmore
October 26, 2018 Atlantic City Borgata Music Box
October 27, 2018 New York City Kings Theatre
October 30, 2018 Puebla Mexico Auditorio Metropolitano
October 31, 2018 Queretaro Auditorio Josefa Ortiz de Domínguez
November 1, 2018 Mexico City Arena Ciudad de México
November 3, 2018 Monterrey Tecate Mother of all 2018

Reviews[edit]

Garbage perform "You Look So Fine" at Glasgow Barrowlands. Shirley Manson quoted lines from the Fleetwood Mac song "Dreams" during the song outro.

The opening night in Edinburgh was slightly marred with some sound issues, which Chris Mackinnon, writing for the Edinburgh Evening News, commented "despite the odd hiccup, it was a fine outing".[10] He also noted, "THIS could be the very definition of risk: A celebration of possibly your most lauded album, in your home-town. On the 1st night of a tour. But it totally paid off."[10]

Promotional performances[edit]

Date Show Set
September 21, 2018 Quotidien "I Think I'm Paranoid", "No Horses"
October 16, 2018 Monday Night Football "Push It"

References[edit]

  1. ^ Trendell, Andrew (2018-02-13). "The Big Interview: NME Icon Shirley Manson on the #MeToo movement, Dolores O'Riordan and the future of Garbage". NME. Retrieved 2018-02-13.
  2. ^ a b Trendell, Andrew (2017-09-04). "Garbage announce 'Version 2.0' London anniversary show, and talk Blondie, Donald Trump and the future". NME. Retrieved 2018-02-13.
  3. ^ a b c d "'20 YEARS PARANOID' GARBAGE ANNOUNCE VERSION 2.0 ANNIVERSARY SHOW". Murray Chalmers. 2017-09-04. Retrieved 2018-02-13.
  4. ^ Baltin, Steve (2015-06-08). "Garbage Talk Tour With Blondie, Shirley Manson-Debbie Harry 'American Gods' Collaboration". Variety. Retrieved 2015-06-08.
  5. ^ "Electric Picnic: Garbage's Shirley Manson talks Trump, toxicity and Version 2.0". Hot Press. 2018-08-30. Retrieved 2018-08-30.
  6. ^ Worrall, Kevin (2018-09-02). "Garbage Returns to Ireland After 20 Years". Hot Press. Retrieved 2018-09-02.
  7. ^ "ELECTRIC PICNIC FESTIVAL, LAOIS, IRELAND". Garbage Setlist Archive. Retrieved 2018-11-11.
  8. ^ "CALJAM 18, SAN BERNARDINO, CA, USA". Garbage Setlist Archive. Retrieved 2018-11-11.
  9. ^ "MOTHER OF ALL FESTIVAL, MONTERREY, MEXICO". Garbage Setlist Archive. Retrieved 2018-11-11.
  10. ^ a b c Mackinnon, Chris (2018-09-05). "Music review: Garbage "20 years paranoid" at the Festival Theatre". Edinburgh Evening News. Retrieved 2018-09-06.
  11. ^ Ferguson, Brian (2018-09-05). "Garbage singer Shirley Manson left haunted by David Bowie's death". The Scotsman. Retrieved 2018-09-06.
  12. ^ Rudden, Liam (2015-06-08). "Garbage gig brings Shirley Manson home to Edinburgh". The Scotsman. Retrieved 2015-06-08.
  13. ^ Trainer, Paul (2018-02-13). "GARBAGE SET TO RETURN TO THE BARROWLANDS". Glasgowist. Retrieved 2018-02-13.
  14. ^ Ross, Peter (2018-09-06). "Pop review: Garbage at Glasgow BarrowlandS". The Times. Retrieved 2018-09-06.
  15. ^ Murray, Robin (2018-02-13). "More acts announced for Bristol's outdoor summer concert series Skyline including James Arthur and Garbage". Bristol Post. Retrieved 2018-02-13.
  16. ^ "Garbage en concert au Bataclan de Paris en septembre 2018". SortiraParis. 2018-02-13. Retrieved 2018-02-13.

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