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Shirley Manson Discusses Garbage Reunion

By October 31, 2010

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Back in February, Shirley Manson dropped some hints that her band Garbage would be getting back together in the studio to work on material for the first time since their 2005 album, Bleed Like Me. On Friday, she confirmed that the band are planning on doing a new album and a tour.

Speaking to students at the University of the West of Scotland on Friday, Manson said, "I'm working on a record right now with the band. We've recorded quite a lot but it's difficult to quantify." Though she didn't mention any specifics about the record, she did say that she'd "like to do some touring next year."

Garbage had great success with their first two electro-rock records -- 1995's Garbage and 1998's Version 2.0 -- but failed to keep up the momentum on subsequent albums. The quartet disbanded five years ago, with Manson eventually dabbling in acting and bandmate Butch Vig returning to producing, including his Grammy-winning work on Green Day's 21st Century Breakdown. After Manson's comments about teaming up with her old Garbage mates in February, there had been no other word about whether this was a full-fledged reunion, and with Vig now focusing on the new Foo Fighters album it seemed as if new Garbage material was not a high priority. But it now appears that the band are definitely trying to make a new album, although Manson said on Friday, "We're just winging it right now." So it's probably a little too early to assume that we'll definitely be getting a new album and tour in the new year -- but that possibility got a little more likely than it was a week ago.

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