Blondie and Garbage Came to Party at Mystic Lake Casino Showroom

July 22, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

I'd been waiting for Blondie and Garbage to come to town ever since their Rage and Rapture Tour was announced earlier this year and it seemed I wasn't the only one.  Friday, July 21st marked the Mystic Lake Casino Showroom date in Prior Lake, MN.  Judging from the number of people that packed into the venue, this was one show that many didn't want to miss.  With two powerhouse acts, who could blame them?

The opening act, John Doe and Exene Cervenka did not allow photos to be taken, but they warmed up the crowd very well as they arrived and found their seats.  This two person act was simply John Doe singing and playing guitar, while Exene sang as well.  They had a folk sound to them, to me, and had plenty of songs to choose to play from their six studio records.  John Doe and Exene Cervenka had a great set and I was glad I could catch them before the tour switched the opening act to Deap Vally.

Garbage took the stage and the crowd went wild when they saw the silhouettes of the band members.  This was the first time I had been able to see Garbage live, and they put on a show that I won't soon forget!  Shirley Manson had a ton of energy throughout the entire set and was constantly moving around the stage and making eye contact with the crowd.  They played songs from pretty much all their albums, but there were a few more from their latest album, "Strange Little Birds".  Shirley was lit up pretty well during my time to take photos, but the rest of the band members were a little more tricky to get.  I'm glad I was able to finally see Garbage live, and now I will be looking forward to seeing them again!

Closing out the show after a quick stage switch, Blondie's show had a bee theme to it.  She mentioned that some of the proceeds of certain merch would go to protecting and saving bees.  The show started with static on three screens with a bee buzzing sound and Debbie Harry wore a bee tiara to complete the theme.  Even Blondie's new album, "Pollinator", follows the theme.  Speaking of that album, the set was very heavy with new songs from that album, released in May.  There were a few of the older songs mixed in as well, and the crowd had a great time singing their favorites along with the band.  The entire stage was lit up pretty well throughout their set and I was happy that was also the case for the songs I was able to photograph!  Even when they were done with their set, the crowd roared until they came out for two more songs!  Blondie put on an amazing set and the crowd definitely left happy!

As always, get out and support live music and I'll see you out there!


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