1996 I think. Stupid Girl video on MTV. Bought the CD and that was about it. Liked "Stupid Girl" and "Milk" and didn't listen to the other songs that much. A couple years later, a girl I worked with (Jessica) said Garbage was coming to Omaha (version 2.0 tour) so I bought a ticket. I figured it would be a good show and there were still tickets left for the Kansas City show, which would end up being my first. I didn't know who any of the band members were other than Shirley at the time, I hadn't heard of pollstar.com yet, I wouldn't have heard of trash-talk until months later, and I don't think I'd even bought the Version 2.0 CD yet. I drove to KC after work and barely made it for the end of Girls against Boys (opening act). Garbage was a fun show, but I hadn't been to many concerts and didn't know a lot of the songs so it wasn't sinking in yet.
After the show, waited outside to see what the commotion was about. Everyone was waiting to meet the band and get autographs. Duke came out of the bus and signed stuff. I wasn't into autographs much so I was just absorbing the atmosphere. Then I went home. Two days later was the Omaha show. By now I already knew who was who in the band, and had purchased and listened to all the Garbage Cd's I knew about (S/T and 2.0). I think I even found a Push It single. Then came the Omaha show that really hooked me. I was front and center somehow, and it was a small venue where the front security stood in crates. There was no easy way to funnel crowdsurfers out, so dodging Doc Martens became a close second on the priority list. I wish I could remember the setlist, but I know they played "Milk" and most of the same songs from the KC show. I met Shirley after the show and got her to sign my ticket stub and she was super nice. Until now I hadn't thought anyone famous would take the time to visit with fans, so that was super cool. I think now was when I really got hooked. I found out about pollstar.com, and realized there were going to be concerts outside my ticketmaster-defined region. Also, in the meantime, I watched some grainy, choppy, dial-up footage of the Chicago show online. I got a ticket for the Minneapolis show, and plotted to go on to the Green Bay one. I didn't have a ticket for the Green Bay show when I got there, which was quite an adventure for me as I didn't know if it was sold out or if I could even get in. I ended up picking up a paper and calling someone from a classified ad from a pay phone. Turns out the guy never showed and luckily the show wasn't sold out anyway. I had actually bought a gift for Shirley in Minneapolis (which I'm kind of embarrassed about now) but never got to give it to her, so I handed it to her in Green Bay when I got a picture with her.
After Green Bay, that was the end of the tour for all I knew. I didn't think I'd ever see them in concert again. Until of course I checked pollstar and saw some Europe dates coming up. I hadn't been to Europe yet, so that seemed like something fun to do and I could see Garbage again in the process. To downplay the appearance of any obsessiveness, I described the trip as a trip to Europe, where Omigosh Garbage just happened to be there. So I scrambled to get a passport, flights, train passes and guide books, and reserve some inexpensive hotels, and decided to go to London, Manchester, Glasgow and Paris. By the time I got to Wembley, I had probably been up for 30 hours and could barely keep my eyes open. I think it was in Paris where I bought a bootleg Version 2.5 (which I didn't know was a bootleg). Later, after I had signed up for trash-talk, I thought I had stumbled onto a new CD that no one knew about yet. Turns out trash-talk was a collection of Garbage experts that immediately knew it was not an official CD. Another embarrassing moment = ).
Now I see them whenever I can. I've done exhausting road trips where I go from one city to another basically sacrificing sleep to see the band, drive, and get in line early. That's fun of course, but I think my preference is to do like I did in Europe, which is see a few shows but build in some extra time for other things.
I've now been to these shows:
Kansas City - barely made it in time
Omaha - met Shirley, was in the front center
Minneapolis - seat was so high up I couldn't see anything
Green Bay - first pic with Shirley
London - stayed up so long I almost hallucinated
Manchester - only Europe show where I got to the rail
Glasgow - met someone who said she was Fin Wilson's sister Emily
Paris - stampede to get in the venue
Minneapolis - opened for Alanis
St. Louis - some radio stn had people dive into Garbage can for tix
Kansas City - in an industrial area.. I was lucky to find a Taco Bell
San Diego - met my trash-talk sponsor
Las Vegas - had corndog nuggets at Luxor, heard about trash-talk
Macomb, IL - met who I later discovered to be Lindsay from TT
Terre Haute, IN - was seated right next to a TTer
San Luis Obispo - met Heather, saw band at Embassy Suites relaxing
San Diego - met lots of TTers (Alan, Warren, ...)
Irvine - saw Shirley in hotel, great show
South Bend, IN - first U2 show
Chicago - open for U2
Chicago - open for U2
St. Louis - open for U2, saw Lindsay
Los Angeles - "not so silent night" w/Warren & Shelly, sat next to a Backstreet Boy
Toronto - someone was singing showtunes in line
Chicago - start of a fun but exhausting 8 concert stretch
Milwaukee - saw the band after the show
Houston - met Renee, Claire, Lauren, ....
Dallas - i think this venue was also a bowling alley?
Las Vegas - hung out with a bunch of trashers
Houston - with No Doubt
Dallas - cold, rainy, sick - good show though
Long Beach - group of us bought flowers for band - I drew Steve's name
Bakersfield - caught a boa, wrestled away by chubby girl and helpful security jerk
San Diego - sprinted to floor, only to be sent to get wristband, some guy faceplanted during run
Bleed Like Me:
Milwaukee - road trip with Elfie and Claire
Minneapolis - awesome small venue
Chicago Soundstage - Sarah's uncle bolted toward the stage, well-dressed female TV stand-in came from nowhere and stood in his place.
upcoming 2012 tour:
Aspen and Denver