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The Rage & Rapture Tour: Blondie, Garbage, John Doe & Exene 07/19/2017

The Rage & Rapture Tour
Stir Concert Cove
Council Bluffs, Iowa
Blondie, Garbage, John Doe & Exene Cervenka
July 19th, 2017

Tonight was the night I’d been waiting for. Not only were Garbage returning to the Omaha Metro Area, but I would finally get the chance to see Blondie too. As an added bonus, Punk icons John Doe and Exene Cervenka of X would be opening the show.
Not knowing what to expect from John Doe & Exene, I was pleasantly surprised by their acoustic performance. While I was expecting the duo to play X’s tracks, I was not thinking they’d cover songs from The Stanley Brothers, and Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs. Their classic heavy punk music transitioned well to a bluesy/country style. Combined with the 100 degree heat index of the day, it was refreshing to just enjoy these two amazing musicians. While Exene thanked the crowd for their time, Joe Doe reassured us that the rest of the night would be filled with rock, and that we’d not hear another country track for Garbage or Blondie.
Garbage were one of the first rock bands I was drawn too back in the mid-90’s. Their self-titled debut album, that I initially bought on cassette, was one of my go to albums during my junior year of high school, and their opening slot on Smashing Pumpkins’ Infinite Sadness Tour in 1996 were one of the first concerts I’d experienced. Tonight would be my fourth time seeing the band live, and I knew I was in for an amazing night.
With the exception of nothing being played off of the band’s 5th studio album, Not Your Kind of People, Garbage’s 15 song set was nothing less than perfect. The band used this tour to debut their current single, No Horses, and shifted their musical focus of this tour to playing their fan favorite hits. Even two decades later, Garbage knows how to rock a live set. For almost an hour and a half, vocalist Shirley Manson stalked the stage as drummer Butch Vig, and guitarists Steve Mark and Duke Erikson thrashed the crowd.

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