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Beautiful Garbage World Tour
World tour by Garbage
Associated album Beautiful Garbage
Start date October 10, 2001 (2001-10-10)
End date December 10, 2002 (2002-12-10)
Legs 11
No. of shows 72 in North America
40 in Europe
12 in Oceania
4 in Asia
1 in Caribbean
129 total
Garbage concert chronology

The Beautiful Garbage World Tour was the third world concert tour cycle by American/Scottish alternative rock group Garbage, which took the band throughout North and Central America, Europe, Japan, Australia and New Zealand in support of its third album Beautiful Garbage.

The Beautiful Garbage tour takes in headline performances, support performances for U2, Red Hot Chili Peppers and No Doubt, and slots at rock festivals and radio shows around the world. A number of notable acts supported Garbage throughout the run of the tour, including White Stripes, Kelli Ali, Queen Adreena and Abandoned Pools.

The tour was hampered by problems with the health of the band, with singer Shirley Manson suffering from throat problems and drummer Butch Vig being taken off sick twice, first with Hepatitis A and then with Bell's palsy. While some shows that Manson could not perform were cancelled, Vig was replaced at first with Matt Chamberlain and then with Matt Walker, to prevent disruption to the tour dates.


Garbage marked the release of Beautiful Garbage by performing an in-store set in Chicago's Virgin Megastore on October 2, 2001. Garbage began touring the album as the opening act on the thirdeg of U2's Elevation Tour from October 12 in South Bend, Indiana, into Canada and through to 24th in New York City.[1] Prior the last show, Vig collapsed from the effects of food poisoning and contracting Hepatitis A.[2] Rather than cancelling the scheduled shows, Garbage recruited Matt Chamberlain to replace Vig for the remainder of the year.[3] Garbage performed a series of underplayed headlining shows in Europe during November, beginning in Trondheim, Norway and ending in London, United Kingdom, on November 14.[4] Garbage then returned to North America for the final Elevation tour Southern State shows, from Kansas City, Missouri on the 27th through to the last show in Miami, Florida on December 2.[5] At the last show, U2 drummer Larry Mullen, Jr. played drums on "Only Happy When It Rains".[6] Garbage wrapped up 2001 by performing at the Not So Silent Night radio festival in Los Angeles.[7]

The Beautiful Garbage tour started in earnest in January 2002 in New Zealand and Australia, when Garbage joined the Big Day Out rock festival.[8] In between the festival shows, Garbage headlined two concerts in Melbourne and Sydney.[9] Garbage then spent ten days in Japan, performing four headline shows in Osaka and Tokyo.

Garbage launched a headline UK tour on April 1 in Portsmouth, a run that included an acoustic performance in Edinburgh and headlining MTV's 5 Night Stand.[10] The band were supported on the UK dates by Kelli Ali. Beyond the UK, the run extended to a number of shows in Cologne, Amsterdam and Bourges. On April 19, Garbage returned to play a six-week itinerary of North American dates.[11] Beginning in Toronto, the tour was routed down the Eastern Coast of America, over to the Midwest and then onto the West Coast. The jaunt ended with two night stint in Los Angeles.[12] Garbage are supported by Abandoned Pools and on some shows, by White Stripes; during the tour, Vig is taken ill (later diagnosed as Bell's Palsy) and is replaced again by Matt Chamberlain.[13] Garbage wrapped the North American tourdates on June 6 in Mexico City.

A month-long European trek began June 10 in Madrid, covering major rock festivals including Glastonbury and Roskilde. Matt Walker stood in for Vig for the rest of the summer.[13] Garbage perform two shows in Nice and Lyon supporting Red Hot Chili Peppers, and a further two headlining French shows in Lille and Paris with Mercury Rev as support. The European leg ended at Espárrago Rock in Spain on July 12. Throughout the run, Manson is dogged by vocal problems, with her voice giving in at Roskilde, and leading to the cancellation of a few festival appearances.[14] After a six-week break, Garbage return to the United Kingdom to perform their last European shows of the year – two intimate club gigs in London.[15]

Shirley Manson performing onstage in New Orleans, Louisiana.

With Vig rejoining the ranks following his recovery period, Garbage headed to Australia to perform at the four date M-One festival across the country at the beginning of October.[16] Garbage then joined No Doubt, who were promoting their Rock Steady album, to co-headline a trek around the United States. Support came from The Distillers. Kicking off on October 15 in West Kingston, Rhode Island, the tour was route down the Eastern Seaboard, and into Southern States before heading to the Pacific Northwest region and onto the American Southwest.[17] The tour ended on November 27 in Long Beach, California.

Garbage went on to perform one further show, in George Town, Grand Cayman. Degree flew 200 competition winners to the Cayman Islands for a beachside Garbage concert.[18] One competition winner was matched with a local for an episode of the reality show Blind Date and both got to meet the band.[19]

Broadcast and recordings[edit]

Butch Vig's drum-cam capture of Garbage onstage in Milwaukee.

Garbage: Live at Eagles Ballroom 2002 was a long-form live video DVD planned for release in 2002 by Garbage to document the North American leg of the Beautiful Garbage tour, utlilizing footage shot on May 11, 2002 at the Eagles Ballroom in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The footage likely went unreleased because the band's worldwide record label Mushroom Records UK was wound down before it was sold to Warner Music label EastWest in early 2003.[20] An entry for the DVD release was included on the band's official website discography in April 2005;[21] while Director Kenneth A. LaBarre uploaded a rough cut of "Special" to his YouTube channel on January 3, 2007.[22] The video was an outtake from a 5-song demo DVD that LaBarre submitted to the band and their management at Q Prime in June 2002.

The origin of the DVD came from a pitch to the band and the band's management made by friend Author Jim Berkenstadt who along with LaBarre thought the band would be interested in recording a hometown concert for release, or archive for future use. The material would be owned and controlled by the band, unlike footage from previous TV appearances.[23] The approach that LaBarre proposed, with the help of DP Bruce Johnson, was to create a "low impact, high quality digital video" document of the show using a mix of the latest Canon DV cameras and avoid using any cranes, jibs or mobile production trucks to maintain a small footprint and low budget.[22] The footage was shot using eight cameras total. Two Canon Elura cameras with wide angle lenses were placed in and behind Butch Vig's drum kit, two Canon XL1 cameras set on tripods (centre and stage-right) were positioned in the balcony, two handheld Canon XL1 cameras (one operated by director LaBarre) were the pit in front of the stage, and a Canon XL1 handheld camera was run by DP Johnson on the stage-left.[23][23] As of December 2012 the full show has not been released though LaBarre still has all the audio and video tapes from the show archived for potential future use.

Opening Acts[edit]


North America (October 10–24, 2001)


  1. "Push It"
  2. "Special"
  3. "I Think I'm Paranoid"
  4. "Silence Is Golden"
  5. "Drive You Home"
  6. "Stupid Girl"
  7. "Shut Your Mouth"
  8. "Androgyny" initially; replaced by #"#1 Crush"
  9. "'Til the Day I Die"
  10. "Only Happy When it Rains"
  11. "Cherry Lips"
Europe (November 2–14, 2001)


  1. "Push It"
  2. "Special"
  3. "I Think I'm Paranoid"
  4. "Androgyny"
  5. "Silence is Golden"
  6. "Drive You Home"
  7. "Supervixen"
  8. "Breaking Up the Girl"
  9. "Not My Idea"
  10. "'Til the Day I Die"
  11. "When I Grow Up"
  12. "Shut Your Mouth"
  13. "Milk"
  14. "Cherry Lips"
  15. "Stupid Girl"
  16. "Vow"


  1. "Thirteen"
  2. "#1 Crush"
  3. "Only Happy When it Rains"
North America (November 27-December 2, 2001)


  1. "Push It"
  2. "Special"
  3. "I Think I'm Paranoid"
  4. "Silence is Golden"
  5. "Drive You Home"
  6. "#1 Crush"
  7. "Stupid Girl"
  8. "Shut Your Mouth"
  9. "Breaking Up the Girl" initially; replaced by "'Til the Day I Die"
  10. "Cherry Lips"
  11. "Vow"
  12. "Only Happy When it Rains"

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue
North America[A]
October 10, 2001 South Bend United States Notre Dame Joyce Center
October 12, 2001 Montreal Canada Molson Centre
October 13, 2001 Hamilton Copps Coliseum
October 15, 2001 Chicago United States United Center
October 16, 2001
October 24, 2001 New York City Madison Square Garden
November 2, 2001 Trondheim Norway International Student Festival
November 3, 2001 Oslo Spektrum
November 4, 2001 Copenhagen Denmark Vega Musikkenshus
November 5, 2001 Hamburg Germany Große Freiheit 36
November 8, 2001 Paris France Élysée Montmartre
November 9, 2001 Brussels Belgium Halles de Schaerbeek
November 14, 2001 London United Kingdom The Astoria
North America[A]
November 27, 2001 Kansas City United States Kemper Arena
November 28, 2001 St. Louis Savvis Center
November 30, 2001 Atlanta Philips Arena
December 1, 2001 Tampa Ice Palace
December 2, 2001 Miami American Airlines Arena
December 13, 2001 Los Angeles Shrine Auditorium
January 18, 2002 Auckland New Zealand Big Day Out, Ericsson Stadium
January 20, 2002 Gold Coast Australia Gold Coast Parklands
January 22, 2002 Sydney Hordern Pavilion
January 26, 2002 Big Day Out, RAS Showgrounds
January 28, 2002 Melbourne Big Day Out, Royal Showgrounds
January 29, 2002 Metro Nightclub
February 1, 2002 Adelaide Big Day Out, Royal Showgrounds
February 3, 2002 Perth Big Day Out, Claremont Showgrounds
February 6, 2002 Osaka Japan Zepp Osaka
February 8, 2002 Tokyo Zepp Tokyo
February 9, 2002
February 12, 2002
April 1, 2002 Portsmouth United Kingdom Guildhall
April 2, 2002 Bristol Colston Hall
April 3, 2002 Wolverhampton Civic Hall
April 5, 2002 Edinburgh The Corn Exchange
April 6, 2002 Manchester The Apollo
April 7, 2002 London Brixton Academy
April 8, 2002 MTV 5 Night Stand
April 10, 2002 Cologne Germany The Palladium
April 11, 2002 Amsterdam Netherlands Heineken Music Hall
April 13, 2002 Bourges France Printemps de Bourges
North America[24]
April 19, 2002 Toronto Canada Kool Haus
April 20, 2002 Cleveland United States Agora Theatre
April 21, 2002 Detroit State Theatre
April 23, 2002 Plainview The Vanderbilt
April 24, 2002 New York Roseland Ballroom
April 26, 2002 Philadelphia Electric Factory
April 27, 2002 Boston EarthFest, MDC Hatch Shell
April 27, 2002 The Avalon
April 29, 2002 Washington, D.C. 9:30 Club
April 30, 2002
May 1, 2002 Virginia Beach Norva
May 2, 2002 Myrtle Beach House of Blues
May 4, 2002 Nashville River Stages
May 5, 2002 Atlanta Music Midtown
May 8, 2002 Columbus Promowest Pavilion
May 9, 2002 Chicago Riviera Theater
May 10, 2002 Minneapolis First Avenue
May 11, 2002 Milwaukee Eagles Ballroom
May 13, 2002 St. Louis Pageant Theater
May 14, 2002 Kansas City Uptown Theater
May 16, 2002 Houston Verizon Wireless Theater
May 17, 2002 Dallas Bronco Bowl
May 18, 2002 Austin Austin Music Hall
May 20, 2002 Denver Paramount Theater
May 23, 2002 Los Angeles E3[25]
May 24, 2002 Seattle Moore Theatre
May 25, 2002 Portland Roseland Theater
May 27, 2002 San Francisco Warfield Theater
May 28, 2002 Las Vegas The Joint, Hard Rock Casino
May 29, 2002 Mesa Mesa Amphitheatre
May 31, 2002 San Diego SDSU Open Air Amphitheater
June 1, 2002 Los Angeles Wiltern Theatre
June 2, 2002
June 6, 2002 Mexico City Mexico National Auditorium
June 11, 2002 Salamanca Spain Wurtzburg
June 12, 2002 Madrid La Riviera
June 13, 2002 Bilbao Pavilion La Casilla
June 14, 2002 Barcelona Razzmatazz
June 16, 2002 Imola Italy Heineken Jammin' Festival
June 17, 2002 Milan Idroscalo
June 19, 2002[C] Nice France Palais Nikaia
June 20, 2002[C] Lyon Halle Tony Garnier
June 22, 2002 Scheeßel Germany Hurricane Festival
June 23, 2002 Neuhausen ob Eck Southside Festival
June 25, 2002 Lille France Zénith de Lille
June 26, 2002 Paris Le Zénith
June 28, 2002 Pilton United Kingdom Glastonbury Festival
June 29, 2002 Skellefteå Sweden Skellefteå Festival
June 30, 2002 Roskilde Denmark Roskilde Festival
July 2, 2002 St. Petersburg Russia Ice Palace
July 3, 2002 Moscow DS Luzhniki
July 6, 2002 Ostend Belgium Seat Beach Rock Festival
July 7, 2002 Paris France Solidays Festival, Longchamps
July 10, 2002 Montreux Switzerland Montreux Jazz Festival
July 12, 2002 Jerez de la Frontera Spain Espárrago Rock
August 27, 2002 London United Kingdom Electric Ballroom
August 28, 2002
October 5, 2002 Brisbane Australia M-One Festival, ANZ Stadium
October 7, 2002 Sydney M-One Festival, Showgrounds
October 10, 2002 Adelaide M-One Festival, Memorial Drive
October 12, 2002 Melbourne M-One Festival, Telstra Dome
North America[B]
October 15, 2002 Kingston United States Ryan Center
October 17, 2002 Philadelphia First Union Spectrum
October 20, 2002 Worcester The Centrum
October 21, 2002 Uniondale Nassau Coliseum
October 23, 2002 East Rutherford Continental Airlines Arena
October 24, 2002 Baltimore Baltimore Arena
October 27, 2002 Jacksonville UNF Arena
October 29, 2002 Fort Lauderdale National Car Rental Center
October 30, 2002 Orlando TD Waterhouse Centre
November 1, 2002 Houston Reliant Arena
November 2, 2002 New Orleans Voodoo Music Experience
November 4, 2002 Dallas Smirnoff Music Centre
November 6, 2002 Denver Denver Coliseum
November 8, 2002 Nampa Idaho Center
November 9, 2002 Portland Rose Garden Arena
November 11, 2002 Seattle KeyArena
November 13, 2002 Sacramento ARCO Arena
November 14, 2002 San Jose Compaq Center
November 16, 2002 Phoenix Cricket Wireless Pavilion
November 19, 2002 Las Cruces Pan American Center
November 20, 2002 Albuquerque Tingley Coliseum
November 22, 2002 Long Beach Long Beach Arena
November 23, 2002
November 25, 2002 Bakersfield Rabobank Arena
November 26, 2002 San Diego Cox Arena
November 29, 2002 Long Beach Long Beach Arena
December 10, 2002 Hell Grand Cayman Degree Gel Party in Hell[26]
Festivals and other miscellaneous performances
A Supporting U2 on Elevation tour
B Co-headlining with No Doubt on Rock Steady tour
C Supporting Red Hot Chili Peppers on By the Way tour
Cancellations and rescheduled shows
October 19, 2001 Baltimore United States Baltimore Arena Cancelled
July 5, 2002 Weisen Austria Forestglade Festival Cancelled[14]
July 8, 2002 Luxembourg City Luxembourg Festival Cancelled[27]

Box office score data[edit]

Date Show Venue City Tickets sold / available Gross revenue
October 15–16, 2001 U2 United Center Chicago 39,368 / 39,368 (100%) $3,206,600[28]
October 24, 2001 Madison Square Garden New York 18,385 / 18,385 (100%) $1,568,790[28]
November 30, 2001 Phillips Arena Atlanta 18,535 / 18,535 (100%) $1,504,925[29]
December 1, 2001 Ice Palace Tampa 16,494 / 16,494 (100%) $1,339,865[29]
December 2, 2001 American Airlines Arena Miami 16,197 / 16,197 (100%) $1,350,595[29]
June 6, 2002 Garbage Auditorio National Mexico City 9,630 / 9,630 (100%) $252,678[30]
October 20, 2002 No Doubt/Garbage Centrum Center Worcester 10,899 / 13,000 (84%) $368,380[31]
October 21, 2002 Nassau Coliseum Uniondale 8,910 / 14,183 (64%) $292,950[32]
October 23, 2002 Continental Airlines Arena East Rutherford 10,562 / 13,362 (79%) $335,901[31]
November 13, 2002 ARCO Arena Sacramento 9,759 / 11,420 (85%) $292,865[33]
November 14, 2002 HP Pavilion San Jose 13,618 / 14,502 (94%) $460,682[34]
November 16, 2002 Cricket Pavilion Phoenix 13,048 / 20,058 (65%) $335,460[33]
November 26, 2002 Cox Arena San Diego 8,476 / 9,632 (88%) $296,660[33]
November 22–23, 29, 2002 Long Beach Arena Long Beach 39,219 / 39,219 (100%) $1,372,665[33]

Promotional performances[edit]

Date Show Set
Sept 22, 2001 cd:uk "Androgyny"
Sept 23, 2001 Popworld "Androgyny"
Sept 2001 Pepsi Chart Show "Androgyny"
Sept 2001 The Base "Androgyny"
Sept 2001 Top of the Pops "Androgyny"
Oct 2, 2001 Virgin Megastore "Androgyny", "Cherry Lips"
Oct 8, 2001 Late Show with David Letterman "Androgyny"
Nov 14, 2001 Later... with Jools Holland "'Til the Day I Die", "Cherry Lips", "Stupid Girl"
Nov, 2001 Evening Session "Shut Your Mouth", "Drive You Home", "Cherry Lips", "Breaking Up the Girl"
Nov 2001 Top of the Pops "Cherry Lips", "Breaking Up the Girl"
Nov 2001 Morning Glory "Cherry Lips"
Dec 8, 2001 The Tonight Show with Jay Leno "Breaking Up the Girl"
Jan 5, 2002 cd:uk "Cherry Lips"
Jan 6, 2002 Popworld "Cherry Lips"
Jan 8, 2002 Pepsi Chart Show "Cherry Lips"
Jan 24, 2002 Channel [V] "Androgyny", "Cherry Lips"
March 15, 2002 cd:uk "Breaking Up the Girl"
March 31, 2002 Re:covered "Wild Horses", "Shut Your Mouth"
April 4, 2002 Up Close "Special", "Vow", "I Think I'm Paranoid", "So Like a Rose", "Drive You Home",
"Only Happy When it Rains", "Breaking up the Girl", "Wild Horses" (acoustic set)
June 3, 2002 The Tonight Show with Jay Leno "Cherry Lips"
June 24, 2002 TV Total "Shut Your Mouth"
August 27, 2002 Kerrang! Awards "Shut Your Mouth"
August 29, 2002 Top of the Pops "Shut Your Mouth"
Oct 8, 2002 Rove Live "Shut Your Mouth"
Nov 15, 2002 101.5 Jamz "I Think I'm Paranoid", "Drive You Home", "Only Happy When it Rains" (acoustic set)
Feb 23, 2003 MusiCares Person of the Year "Pride (In the Name of Love)"


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