Garbage had a homecoming of sorts at the Orpheum Theater here in downtown Madison on Sunday night and my wife and I were there to see it.
The band Garbage gets back to Madison every few years, last time was in 2012. I did not see them then, the only other time I went to see them they played at the Memorial Coliseum here in Madison. Thinking back, that must have been in the early 00's. Of course, they recorded all their early stuff here in Madison at the now defunct Smart Studios (- think Nirvana's 1991 breakthrough album 'Nevermind' - it was recorded there with Butch Vig, Garbage's drummer and overseer, producing).
The band is celebrating the 20th anniversary of their debut album, Garbage. It has been recently remastered and released along with many of the b-sides from that era. I almost ordered it but there wasn't anything new on it, just remastered, and that wasn't enough for me. I do like Garbage, especially because they are from Madison here, but I'm not fanatical about them and they are not what I normally listen to and these days I pick and choose who I spend my money on. We paid for two tickets to the show, there's our support.
We arrived about a half hour before showtime to a mostly packed house. We knew the show had sold out in advance, general admission mostly, and even a few more tickets were sold on the day of show. Many of the only seats that were left available were behind the sound and light boards. I figured that we would ride out the first band in the seats then move to the floor for Garbage. (The first band was not worth remembering, at least for us.) Well, by the time the first band was done the place had completely filled up so we decided to stay in our seats. When standing, a camera only slightly obstructed our view. If we were on the floor it would have been the backs of peoples heads obstructing our view, especially for my shorter wife. On the plus side, my wife did sometimes watch the video that was being taken of the show on the little screen in front of us by the light board, see picture on the right. Maybe it was being recorded for DVD release. Now, that I would buy.
I experimented a little bit at this show. First, I took more pictures and video at this show than I ever normally would. I did not know how the video was going to turn out so I wanted at least a few good pictures. Also, at prior shows that I have recorded songs I was much closer to the stage, within feet of the performance usually. Up close works great for my little digital camera that I like to use for video, but it doesn't zoom in. I did figure out that night - and for the first time ever even though I've had this camera for many years - that it will zoom for video but you must first zoom before recording and cannot change the zoom until it is in standby mode again. Still, knowing that probably won't change my recording habits that much. When I zoom in the quality and pixels goes down. I also want to point out that this was probably the brightest show I've seen. There seemed to be lots more lights on stage pointing out than the other way around. At times I had to just look away and wait for it to dim. Really. Due to that, some scenes the camera just could not capture but for a glare of light.
This first video is for the song 'Kick My Ass.'
I also tried to take a video with my phone, first time trying to take a concert video on my phone and it turned out pretty good! The zoom sharpness is surprisingly better than my old digital camera, more than I expected. I still like the camera for when I can get closer, but I'm glad I gave the phone camera a try. I did miss the end of the song, however. I've had space issues on my phone lately so I simply ran out of space to record.
Here's the video taken with my phone, 'Only Happy When It Rains.'
It was a good night out and we had each taken Monday off after the show. It is probably a good thing that we got the tickets months ago because otherwise it would have been tough to just get up off the couch and go. This concert was only 10 minutes from home in downtown Madison. In February we have tickets to a Nightwish concert in Milwaukee. I hate to travel, and I wouldn't for just any band, but it may be my only chance to see this Finnish band live, so I must go. I must also get a hotel yet!
*Reminder to my email readers, you must visit the site to view videos. There is a link at the bottom of the email.
**One last update before I post this, apparently the video was broadcast out to Yahoo LiveNation. You can watch the whole concert in professional multi camera video with quality sound at this link!
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