Butch Vig Says Garbage Hiatus Is Over
Garbage prepping new songs for greatest-hits set
Last we heard from Garbage, in the fall of 2005, the group was going on an indefinite hiatus.
Fortunately for fans, that break is not turning out like, say, Blink-182’s “hiatus.”
“We’re recording a couple new songs at the end of February,” drummer Butch Vig revealed recently. “I think everyone’s excited about getting back in a room and playing some music together.”
The new tunes will be included on a Garbage greatest-hits album the band is putting together for release later in the year. “We’ve been working on it for a while,” Vig said. “There was originally talk about doing a B-side and remix CD as well. I’m not sure what we’ll do, but we have a lot of B-sides and remixes over the years, so it would be cool to see that come out in a proper package for our hard-core fans.”
Garbage have also scheduled their first live performance in more than a year, at a benefit Vig is coordinating for fellow Madison, Wisconsin, drummer Wally “Llama” Ingram (Sheryl Crow, Bonnie Raitt), who was recently diagnosed with throat cancer.
“He’s going through hard-core treatment and the doctors have given him a pretty good prognosis but, like a lot of musicians and [a] lot of people in this country, he doesn’t have adequate health care,” Vig explained. “So I took it upon myself to rally all his friends.”
The show, which will take place on January 31 at the Alex Theatre in Glendale, California, will also feature the Martinis with Joey Santiago and David Lovering of Pixies, Bonnie Raitt, Keb’ Mo’, Victoria Williams and other surprise guests.
“I’m encouraging all artists to play two or three songs that are in a direction that is different from what they would normally play,” Vig said. “And I’m encouraging people to collaborate and do duets and come out and jam.” Garbage will be performing with the Section Quartet, a string quartet known for taking on alternative-rock music. “Shirley [Manson] was pretty excited about singing with a string section, and doing something very organic,” Vig said.
Ingram will be in the house and is hoping to participate in the show-closing jam. “Wally is a super upbeat guy and one of the sweetest guys in the world,” Vig said. “So when I sent out a blanket e-mail, I got literally hundreds of responses. So we may do one in San Francisco and Madison as well.”
Thanks to the various people that have sent emails about this and posted on the forum – Been a little busy the last few days to find time to post it!