Shirley Manson reveals the moment she wanted to be a rock star

Shirley Manson has revealed how seeing Nick Cave play with The Birthday Party in Edinburgh as a teenager inspired her to become a musician.

“I saw Nick Cave play with The Birthday Party in Edinburgh and my friends who were in a Scottish band were opening up for them, so we got free tickets to see him play,” explains the Garbage frontwoman in a new feature for Forbes.

“Liz Fraser from the Cocteau Twins was there and that’s when I was like, ‘This is what I want to do. I want to be with these people, I want to be in this world. I want to be telling stories like him’.

“Something inherently changed inside me at that point,” continues the Stockbridge-raised singer. “It’s like, ‘Nothing else matters, just this’.

“It wasn’t a very good show actually. He was really out of it and incoherent and not his usual great self. But I still remember feeling the visceral tie to his physicality and being around all these people and thinking…Liz Fraser is another one who is just a huge touchstone for me.

“Those Cocteau Twins records I just felt transported out of my Edinburgh existence and into the world,” adds Shirley.

Elsewhere in the piece, part of a series titled Who Am I?, Shirley speaks about her love of ABBA, Winnie The Pooh and Blade Runner.

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Garbage are due to release a 20th anniversary of Version 2.0 on June 22 ahead of a tour that sees them visit Edinburgh’s Festival Theatre on September 4.

The tracklist for the reissue of ‘Version 2.0’ is:

1. Temptation Waits
2. I Think I’m Paranoid
3. When I Grow Up
4. Medication
5. Special
6. Hammering in My Head
7. Push It
8. The Trick Is to Keep Breathing
9. Dumb
10. Sleep Together
11. Wicked Ways
12. You Look So Fine

B-sides (deluxe formats only):

1. Can’t Seem To Make You Mine
2. 13x Forever
3. Deadwood
4. Get Busy With The Fizzy
5. Soldier Through This
6. Thirteen
7. Lick The Pavement
8. Medication (Acoustic)
9. Tornado
10. Afterglow

Garbage tour dates:

September
4 – Edinburgh, Edinburgh Festival Theatre
5 – Glasgow, Barrowlands
7 – Bristol, St. Phillips Gate Arena
8 – Birmingham, Digbeth Arena
9 – Manchester, Academy 1 Manchester
11 – Nottingham, Rock City
12 – Newcastle, Northumbria SU Institute
14 – London, O2 Academy Brixton
15 – London, O2 Academy Brixton

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