Selected by Dan Grunebaum



Assuming that superproducer and Garbage drummer Butch Vig gets over his current case of Hepatitis A thatís forced him off the bandís European tour, Vig will be joining the rest of the band in their upcoming Japan visit. The alt-rockers are currently on tour for their third and latest album, Beautifulgarbage.

          Vig wrote on the bandís website: ďI feel really badĀEíve never missed a gig in my life!! Over the years Iíve played with fractured bones, food poisoning, the flu, head exhaustion, wicked hangovers, pinched nerves and all sorts of ailments. But I need to get rid of this infection completely, or it can come back and bite me in the arse even worse.ĀEo:p>

          Vigís absence doesnít seem to have slowed Garbage appreciably, however, as Matt Chamberlainóthe drummer who played on Beautifulgarbage with Vig in the producerís chairóhas stepped in for temporary duty. While the album demonstrated once again Vig and fellow Garbage studio wizards Steve Marker and Duke Eriksonís mastery of the mixing board, Garbage have shown in previous Japan appearances that their live show is a different experience altogether.

          Above and beyond Garbageís slick mix of grunge and electronica, what makes the band appealing, after all, is charismatic frontwoman Shirley Manson. The Scottish singerís emotive vocals and seductive looks have made her, along with Alanis Morrissette and Gwen Stefani of No Doubt, one of the present reigning women of rock (sorry Courtney).

          Manson was recruited by Vig and co in 1994 when they saw her fronting her former band, Angel Fish, on MTV. She was quickly poached by Garbage and the band soon scored success with its debut single, ďVow.ĀE At the time, Vig described Garbageís modus operandi: ďWe want to use all these differing elements like techno, punk and noise, ambient, jazz and rock, and mix them all up around a pop song.ĀEo:p>

          Their self-titled debut album quickly followed, exploring the dark areas of human emotion on the hit single, ďOnly Happy When It Rains.ĀEVersion 2.0 followed in 1998, topping the UK charts in May of that year. The following year, Garbage were commissioned to pen the theme song for the new James Bond movie, The World Is Not Enough.


Garbage play Zepp Tokyo on February 8-9. See listings for details.


Concert Listings
404: Garbage
403: Sloan
402: Jamiriquoi


401: Park Tower Blues Festival
400: Mercury Rev
399: Bjork
398: The Isley Brothers
397: Janet Jackson


396: Ian Brown
395: Tortoise Orchestra
394: Regurgitator
393: Art Garfunkel


392: Belle and Sebastian
391: Super Furry Animals
390: Ben Folds
389: Elton John
388: Dido
387: Papa Roach
386: Beast Feast 2001
385: Summersonic
384: David Sylvian
383: Maxi Priest & Big Mountain
382: Fuji Rock Festival 01
381: Roxy Music
380: Bo Diddley
379: John McLaughlin & Zakir Hussain in Remember Shakti
378: Paul Weller
377: Coolio
376: Backyard Babies
375: Marcus Miller
374: Black Crowes
373: Megadeath
372: Dionne Warwick
371: Arrested Development
370: Mouse on Mars
369: Duran Duran
368: Linkin Park
367: Maceo Parker
366: Japan Blues Carnival 2001
365: Ben Harper
364: Cheap Trick
363: Stephen Malkmus
362: Mogwai
361: Weezer
360: Marilyn Manson
359: Green Day
358: AC/DC
357: Richard Thompson
356: Bob Dylan
355: J. Mascis
354: Leigh Stephen Kenny
352/3: Limp Bizkit
351: Boyz II Men
350: Reef
349: Park Tower Blues Festival
348: Roni Size
347: Compay Segundo
346: Incognito
345: Jimmy Page and The Black Crowes
344: Bad Religion
343: Japan Soul Festival 2000
342: Rocktober 2000
341: Richard Ashcroft
340: Motorhead
339: Festival Halou
338: Ricky Martin
337: Taj Mahal
336: Asian Dub Foundation
335: Lou Reed
334: Earth, Wind & Fire
333: Sting
332: No Doubt
331: Camel
330: Fuji Rock: Smash Talks
329: Summer Sonic
328: Mt. Fuju Aid 2000
327: Salif Keita
326: Buena Vista Social Club
325: Bill Frisell
324: Maxi Priest
323: Lenine
322: Rage Against the Machine
321: Tommy Flanagan Trio
320: Smashing Pumpkins
319: Pet Shop Boys
318: Japan Blues Carnival
317: Gipsy Kings
316: Steely Dan
315: Pshish
314: Big Night Out
313: Femi Kuti and the Positive Force
312: Harry Connick Jr.
311: Sonny Rollins
310: Speech
309: Santana