Shirley Manson: I miss hearing from the weirdos


Shirley Manson says the most powerful entertainers in the world are female.

The Garbage vocalist says that female pop stars hold more sway now than ever, but admits she misses hearing from “the weirdos.”

Manson tells Classic Rock: “The most powerful entertainers in the world are female. But what I notice about them is all of these women are spectacular looking and they all make really accessible pop music.

“I’m not knocking that, but I miss hearing from the weirdos. I miss hearing from the girls that speak quietly and you have to lean in to hear what they say, because I’ve found the ones who require some coaxing often have the most vital perspective because they’re voyeurs, not entertainers.”

Meanwhile, Garbage have released a video for their track Empty. It’s taken from the band’s upcoming sixth album Strange Little Birds, released on June 10 via Stunvolume.

The full interview with Shirley Manson can be read in the current issue of Classic Rock magazine, available now in print, digital and via TeamRock+.

Garbage Strangle Little Birds tracklist

  1. Sometimes
  2. Empty
  3. Blackout
  4. If I Lost You
  5. Night Drive Loneliness
  6. Even Though Our Love Is Doomed
  7. Magnetized
  8. We Never Tell
  9. So We Can Stay Alive
  10. Teaching Little Fingers to Play
  11. Amends

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Garbage tour dates 2016

May 24: Reims La Cartonnerie de Reims, France
May 26: Dortmund Rock Im Revier, Germany
May 27: Women Of The World Festival, Germany
May 28: Munich Rockavaria, Germany
May 30: Amsterdam The Paradiso, Netherlands
May 31: Luxembourg Den Atelier, Luxembourg
Jun 01: Caribana Festival, Switzerland
Jun 03: Lyon Le Radiant, France
Jun 04: Festival Montereau, France
Jun 05: Grenoble La Belle Electrique, France
Jun 07: Ljubljana Center Urbane Kulture Kino Siska, Slovenia
Jun 08: Milan Fabrique, Italy
Jun 10: Nova Rock Festival, Austria
Jun 13: London Troxy, UK
Jun 14: Nottingham Rock City, UK
Jun 16: Madrid Mad Cool Festival, Spain
Jun 18: Tinley Park Wkqx Piqniq, IL
Jul 06: Milwaukee Summerfest, WI
Jul 07: Minneapolis Skyway Theatre, MN
Jul 08: Omaha SumTur Amphitheater, NE
Jul 10: Kansas City Uptown Theatre, MO
Jul 12: St Louis The Pageant, MO
Jul 13: Tulsa Brady Theater, OK
Jul 15: Indianapolis Egyptian Room, IN
Jul 16: Detroit The Fillmore, MI
Jul 17: Columbus PromoWest Fest, OH
Jul 19: Knoxville The Mill & Mine, TN
Jul 20: Nashville Ryman Auditorium, TN
Jul 22: Atlanta The Tabernacle, GA
Jul 23: Charlotte Fillmore, NC
Jul 25: Richmond The National, VA
Jul 27: Sayreville Starland Ballroom, NJ
Jul 28: Boston House Of Blues, MA
Jul 30: Philadelphia The Fillmore, PA
Jul 31: Baltimore Rams Head Live, MD
Aug 03: Washington Lincoln Theater, DC
Aug 06: Rheinfelden River Nights, Switzerland
Aug 08: Lokeren Lokerse Feesten, Belgium
Aug 10: Luhmuhlen A Summers Tale, Germany
Aug 11: Riga Kubana Festival, Latvia
Aug 12: Landerneau Fetes Du Bruit, France

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