Shirley Manson and her confident rock strut obliterated a packed Fillmore on Saturday night. It may be 2016, but Garbage’s ’90s-born aesthetic felt as relevant as ever.
Original members Duke Erickson and Steve Marker brought the goods on guitar and keys while Jane’s Addiction alum Eric Avery added some extra kick on bass. Butch Vig was absent due to illness; Matt Walker did a solid job sitting in for him on drums. At the center of their grungy, industrial alt-rock monsoon is Manson, her voice powerful, her pink-lemonade hair spinning in a low-gravity universe.
The expansive 22-song set took a voyage through all six studio releases, including their masterful 2016 LP “Strange Little Birds.” New tracks “Empty” and “Blackout” sounded strong when stacked up against classics like “Only Happy When It Rains” and a stunning “Cherry Lips (Go Baby Go).” May Garbage return to the road and Philly more frequently in the future.
Kristin Kontrol — Kristin Welchez, most famously of Dum Dum Girls — opened with some propulsive pop-rock in support of her album “X-Communicate.”