Garbage played in Oslo tonight. The band started up in 1993 and have been off and on in periods since then. This year they have been on a long tour, which ends in Peru just before Christmas. Here are photos from the Oslo concert.
The band’s self-titled first album, released in 1995, gave them a flying start, selling 4 million copies. Their second album, Version 2.0 sold a bit less, but still an impressive 2,5 million copies. In 1999 they wrote the title song for the James Bond movie The World Is Not Enough.
Garbage was founded by Butch Vig together with Duke Erikson and Steve Marker in Wisconsin, USA. They wanted a female vocalist who didn’t “scream”, but sung in an under-stated way, and when they saw a video where Scottish singer Shirley Manson appeared, they asked her to join the band.
Since the start, the band has sold millions albums, received countless nominations for awards, won some, had their songs and albums on the charts on both sides of the Atlantic, and toured extensively, when they haven’t been on a hiatus. Garbage is one of the commercially most successful from the indie rock scene.
In Oslo the band have many hardcore fans who had turned up at Sentrum Scene. The set up was an almost empty stage where Shirley Manson could walk around while singing while the guitarists Duke Erikson and Steve Marker kept their positions slightly at the back together with the tour bassist and the drums. Butch Vig had to stay home for this leg of the band’s tour, but Eric Gardner did a great job as his substitute.
All photos are © Per Ole Hagen and must not be used without written permission.