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It’s 20 years since Garbage’s second studio album, Version 2.0, was released – and the American-Scottish alt-rockers are marking the occasion with a tour that brings them to the Edinburgh’s Festival Theatre on Tuesday (September 4).
The album, which includes the likes of Push It, I Think I’m Paranoid, When I Grow Up and Special, has sold an impressive four million copies worldwide since its release – and a special 20th anniversary edition was released in June.
“Version 2:0 is in my opinion the quintessential Garbage record,” says Shirley Manson, the band’s Edinburgh-born singer. “We are all very grateful to the millions of people who took it to their hearts at the time it was released and to those who continue to love on it still.”
Garbage producer/drummer Butch Vig, adds, “Version 2.0 is the sound of a band growing up, evolving, and more than anything, gaining confidence.
“When we started recording, we made a conscious decision to not re-invent ourselves, but rather take everything we learned from our debut album and filter it through the new digital technology we were grappling with.
“Sonically, the album has moments of razor sharp clarity and soft beauty. Indeed, it’s possibly our best album.”
At the Festival Theatre, Garbage will play Version 2.0 in its entirety, as well as throwing in some fan favourites from their back catalogue – perhaps the likes of Stupid Girl, Queer and Only Happy When It Rains.
We’re looking forward to the gig as much as anyone, and reckon now is the perfect time for our Shirley Manson playlist.
Garbage, Festival Theatre, Nicolson Street, Tuesday 4 September, 8pm, £35.50-£38.50, 0131-529 6000