Having teased fans with a limited, six-date U.S. tour in May, electro-rockers Garbage will launch the first leg of their full-scale journey through North America in support of their sophomore album, Version 2.0, on Sept. 17 in Denver.
The mostly West-Coast dates will put the band -- made up of singer Shirley Manson, guitarists/keyboardists Steve Marker and Duke Erikson and drummer Butch Vig -- in front of U.S. fans for the first time since the release of the album, which features the current single "I Think I'm Paranoid." The dates include stops in Vancouver, British Columbia, and Santa Barbara, Calif.
Even though the quartet spent most of its summer playing massive European festival dates, Vig said he wasn't afraid that U.S. audiences will have forgotten about the band, whose self-titled 1995 debut sold four million copies.
"I think we came out pretty strong and hopefully it will be a slow build," he said of Version 2.0, which has logged sales of more than 400,000 copies to date. "We told the label we didn't want to come out blazing with a real pop single, because last time we got to four million [in sales] over like 18 months." Vig said he hopes the band can have similarly slow-but-steady sales this time around.
Garbage aim to throw their fans for a loop with a recently recorded B-side to their upcoming third single, "Special" (RealAudio excerpt), which will be released around the time of the tour kickoff.
"We just recorded this acoustic version [of "Medication"] with just guitars, piano and vocals instead of the typical layers-and-layers Garbage approach," Marker said. The song was among several B-sides, which also included the new song "Thirteen Times Forever," recorded by the group in their home-base Madison, Wis., studio two weeks ago, before jetting off to play the Fuji Fest in Japan on July 1.
The band will be bringing along fellow keyboard-obsessed rockers Girls Against Boys when they launch the tour, which is slated to run through Christmas.
"We've seen them play several times at radio shows the last couple of years and we just thought they were really cool," Marker said of teaming up with the electro-funky GVSB. "But they're not too similar to us."
Garbage Tour Dates:
Sept. 17; Denver, Colo., Mammoth Events Center
Sept. 18; Salt Lake City, Utah, Wasatch Event Center
Sept. 20; Salem, Ore., Salem Armory
Sept. 21; Vancouver, B.C., Plaza Of Nations
Sept. 22; Seattle, Wash., Paramount Theatre
Sept. 24; Davis, Calif., Freeborn Hall
Sept. 25; San Jose, Calif., Event Center Arena
Sept. 26; West Hollywood, Calif., Hollywood Palladium
Sept. 30; Bakersfield, Calif., Kern County Fair
Oct. 1; La Jolla, Calif., RIMAC Arena
Oct. 2; Riverside, Calif., Student Recreation Center
Oct. 3; Santa Barbara, Calif., Santa Barbara Bowl