Garbage coming to Křižíkova fontána

The US-based band last played in Prague 20 years ago

American post-grunge band Garbage is coming to Křižíkova fontána in Výstaviště in Prague’s Holešovice district on June 24. Tickets are already on sale. The band was last in Prague in 1999.

Duke Erikson, Steve Marker, Butch Vig and Scottish singer Shirley Manson have been performing under the name Garbage since 1993, and they have released six albums so far, which have sold more than 17 million copies. The band is working a new album, which is expected to be released some time this year.

Garbage’s self-titled debut album, released in 1995, went double platinum in the US and UK, as well as Canada, Australia and New Zealand. The videos for “Stupid Girl” and “Only Happy When It Rains” had heavy rotation on music video stations. The band then opened for Smashing Pumpkins on tour.

Their second album, called Version 2.0, celebrated its 20th anniversary last year, and it was reissued last year with bonus tracks. The reissue was followed by a tour called 20 Years Paranoid, named for the album’s single “I Think I'm Paranoid.”

On its original release, it also did well, reaching No. 1 in the UK and No, 13 in the US.
The band reached its widest audience in 1999 with the theme song to the James Bond film The World Is Not Enough.

Their third album, Beautiful Garbage, released in 2001, was a bit less successful but led to the band touring with U2.

Garbage released three more albums after that, with 2005’s Bleed Like Me reaching No. 4 in both the US and UK. There was long gap before 2012’s Not Your Kind of People, which hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Alternative Albums chart and No. 13 on the Billboard 200, as well as No. 10 on the UK charts.

Their most recent release of new material is 2016’s Strange Little Birds. It met with generally positive reviews and again topped the Alternative Albums chart in the US, but was their first to miss making the top 10 in the UK, reaching only No. 17. This album led to a tour with New Wave legends Blondie.

In 2017 the band released the book This Is the Noise That Keeps Me Awake, written in cooperation with journalist Jason Cohen. The title comes from a lyric in their 1998 single “Push It.”

Garbage has its roots in Madison, Wisconsin. Doug “Duke” Erikson and Butch Vig were in a band called Spooner from the 1970s to early 1990s. Steve Marker and Butch Vig ran Smart Studios in Madison, starting in 1983. Marker spotted Scottish singer Shirley Manson, then a member of Angelfish, on an MTV program and felt she had the classic pop sound the forming band was looking for.

In addition to his work as a drummer, Butch Vig is known as record producer with credits that include Nirvana's Nevermind as well as albums for Smashing Pumpkins, Sonic Youth, Jimmy Eat World and other bands.

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