20 Years Queer

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20 Years Queer
Tour by Garbage
Associated albumGarbage
Start dateOctober 6, 2015
End dateNovember 14, 2015
Legs2 total
No. of shows16 in North America
11 in Europe
27 total
Garbage concert chronology

20 Years Queer is a concert tour by American-Scottish alternative rock group Garbage, to mark the twentieth anniversary of their debut album Garbage.[1] The title also references the band's early single "Queer", and the promotional poster is redolent of the self-titled album's pink feather artwork.[2] The tour was preceded by a special 20-year edition of the record, which was re-mastered and featured remixes and previously unreleased versions of album tracks.[3] Garbage performed the album in its entirety as well as all the B-sides recorded during that period.[4]

Tour announcement[edit]

The commemorative tour was initially announced in March with shows confirmed in Paris and London, and was expected to travel to a number of cities worldwide.[1] Further European dates, including a "homecoming" concert in Edinburgh, were announced over the following three months.[5] The entire itinerary of North American dates were announced in June 2015.[6]

Upon the announcement of the tour, Shirley Manson stated: "This is the album that started everything for us and we look back on it with great fondness. It’s been really great to revisit these songs whilst working on new material – interesting to see how the essence of the band remains strong as we evolve".[7] Guitarist Steve Marker later commented: "We're just as surprised to be here now, intact, so many years later, enthusiastically preparing to get back on the road with that album...A big piece of our lives remains caught up in the making of that record, and we know it holds a special place for the fans that have kept us going for so long".[8]

Garbage was supported on North American shows by singer/songwriter Torres.[3] Support on all European shows, except Moscow, was provided by indie pop band Dutch Uncles.[9]


San Diego (October 6, 2015)


  1. "Subhuman"
  2. "Supervixen"
  3. "Queer"
  4. "Only Happy When It Rains"
  5. "As Heaven Is Wide"
  6. "Not My Idea"
  7. "A Stroke of Luck"
  8. "Girl Don't Come"
  9. "Butterfly Collector"
  10. "Trip My Wire"
  11. "Sleep"
  12. "Vow"
  13. "Stupid Girl"
  14. "Dog New Tricks"
  15. "My Lover's Box"
  16. "Fix Me Now"
  17. "Milk"
  1. "Kick My Ass
  2. "Driving Lesson"
  3. "Push It"
  4. "Cherry Lips"
  5. "#1 Crush"
London (November 8, 2015)[10]


  1. "Subhuman"
  2. "Supervixen"
  3. "Queer"
  4. "Girl Don't Come"
  5. "As Heaven Is Wide"
  6. "Not My Idea"
  7. "A Stroke of Luck"
  8. "Butterfly Collector"
  9. "Trip My Wire"
  10. "Milk"
  11. "Fix Me Now"
  12. "My Lover's Box"
  13. "Sleep"
  14. "#1 Crush"
  15. "Stupid Girl"
  16. "Dog New Tricks"
  17. "Only Happy When It Rains"
  18. "Vow"
  1. "Kick My Ass"
  2. "Driving Lesson"
  3. "Automatic Systematic Habit"
  4. "When I Grow Up"
Garbage perform "As Heaven Is Wide" at Manchester Academy. Shirley Manson quoted lines from the Lord's Prayer during the song outro.

Around 15 minutes before showtime, a large white curtain dropped down in front of the stage.[11] The live show was preceded by an introductory video compiled from footage of Garbage on their first tour and pop cultural moments of the era, sound-tracked by the bands largely-instrumental B-side "Alien Sex Fiend". The video was projected onto the curtain, which the band performed "Subhuman" behind, lit up in silhouette; the curtain dropped to the floor as soon as "Supervixen" began.[11]

The initial North American shows featured the set split into blocks of six album tracks, then a batch of B-sides, followed by the remaining album tracks and then again, B-sides, in almost running order on disc. Further into the tour, the set order was rejigged to flow better live. The end of each night featured two bonus tracks from other eras of the band's career. These were picked from a rotation of: "Push It", "I Think I'm Paranoid" or "When I Grow Up"[10] from Version 2.0; "Cherry Lips" from Beautiful Garbage; "Bad Boyfriend" or "Why Do You Love Me" from Bleed Like Me; or "Automatic Systematic Habit"[10] from Not Your Kind of People.

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue
North America
October 6, 2015 San Diego United States Humphrey's Concerts By The Bay[12]
October 7, 2015 Oakland Fox Oakland Theatre
October 8, 2015 Los Angeles Greek Theater
October 10, 2015 Las Vegas Blvd Pool, Cosmopolitan Hotel
October 13, 2015 Houston Bayou Music Center
October 14, 2015 Austin Stubb's Waller Creek Amphitheater
October 15, 2015 Dallas South Side Ballroom
October 17, 2015 Chicago Riviera Theatre
October 18, 2015 Madison Orpheum Theatre[13]
October 19, 2015 Royal Oak Royal Oak Music Theatre
October 21, 2015 Boston Orpheum Theatre[3]
October 23, 2015 Westbury The Space At Westbury[14]
October 24, 2015 New York City Kings Theater[14]
October 25, 2015 Toronto Canada Phoenix Concert Theatre
October 28, 2015 Washington, D.C. United States 9:30 Club
October 29, 2015
October 31, 2015 Cologne Germany Palladium[15]
November 1, 2015 Århus Denmark Train
November 2, 2015 Copenhagen Store Vega[16]
November 4, 2015 Tilburg Netherlands 013[17]
November 5, 2015 Brussels Belgium Forest National[18]
November 7, 2015 Paris France Zénith de Paris[2]
November 8, 2015 London England 02 Academy[19]
November 9, 2015
November 11, 2015 Moscow Russia Crocus City Hall[20]
November 13, 2015 Manchester England Manchester Academy[5]
November 14, 2015 Edinburgh Scotland Usher Hall[5]

Promotional performances[edit]

Date Show Set
September 30, 2015 Kevin and Bean[21] "#1 Crush", "Only Happy When It Rains"
October 2, 2015 Reddit AMA/Periscope "#1 Crush"


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  11. ^ a b Hall, Kieran (2015-11-17). "REVIEW – Garbage at The Usher Hall". Edinburgh Reporter. Retrieved 2015-11-23.
  12. ^ Varga, George (2015-06-08). "Garbage announces 20th anniversary tour; The Scottish-American band will kick off its 2015 tour in San Diego at Humphreys Concerts by the Bay in October". San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved 2015-06-08.
  13. ^ Thomas, Rob (2015-06-08). "Garbage announces 20th anniversary hometown show on Oct. 18 at Orpheum". The Cap Times. Retrieved 2015-06-08.
  14. ^ a b "Garbage playing self-titled debut in full on 20th anniversary tour with Torres". Brooklyn Vegan. 2015-06-08. Retrieved 2015-06-08.
  15. ^ Cowler, Jasmine (May 21, 2015). "Garbage announce digital release of Brian Aubert collaboration". Gigwise. Retrieved May 29, 2015.
  16. ^ Morris, Andy (May 20, 2015). "DUTCH UNCLES ARE SET TO SUPPORT GARBAGE ON TOUR; Stockport indie outfit to hit the road with Shirley Manson". Gigwise. Retrieved May 29, 2015.
  17. ^ Visscher, Gracia (2015-03-23). "NIEUWS: GARBAGE VIERT JUBILEUM DEBUUTALBUM IN 013 IN TILBURG (In Dutch)". Podium Info. Retrieved 2015-03-23.
  18. ^ Mareovoert, Ellen. "Garbage viert "20 Years Queer" in Vorst Nationaal". De Redactie (In Dutch). Retrieved 2015-03-23.
  19. ^ "GARBAGE ADD EXTRA LONDON DATE FOR '20 YEARS QUEER' CELEBRATION". Murray Chalmers. 2015-03-06. Retrieved 2015-03-23.
  20. ^ "GARBAGE 20 YEARS QUEER". Crocus Hall. 2015-03-06. Retrieved 2015-03-23.
  21. ^ "KROQ, RED BULL SOUND STUDIO, LOS ANGELES, CA, USA". KROQ. 2015-10-01. Retrieved 2015-10-18.

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