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Meet Garbage's biggest Aus fan

FL shooter Rebecca Houlden aka de-tec-tive is a huge Garbage fan. She’s flying back and forth between Melbourne and Sydney to see the group four times on their Soundwave tour – at the festival and sideshow in Melbourne, and at both sideshows in Sydney. And if the band’s gear hadn’t been delayed by a errant truck driver and flooding she’d have seen Garbage play five times in just over a week.

What can inspire such devotion to one band? “Garbage have been one of my favourite bands for over 10 years now, and I never thought I would get the opportunity to see them again,” says Rebecca. “I went to both Melbourne shows on the ‘Bleed Like Me’ tour in 2005 and they broke up following that tour.” That 2005 tour, which featured seven Australian shows, ended in Perth, with the band announcing a hiatus and cancelling shows in Europe. Their hiatus lasted until 2010, and they finally returned to the road last year.

Rebecca began shooting gigs in 2008, and after covering Soundwave this week in Melbourne she will have shot over 600 bands. But there’s nothing quite like shooting one of your favourite bands, she says. With several of her “Top Ten” acts already in her portfolio, including No Doubt, Smashing Pumpkins and Red Hot Chili Peppers, she finally got to cross Garbage off the list when she shot their first sideshow at Sydney’s Metro Theatre on Monday (photos below).

“Garbage were fantastic to shoot but also challenging,” Rebecca told FL after the gig. “Shirley [Manson] moves around a lot while the lighting was good it was a bit low, so I had to think quickly to try and get my camera settings right. I don’t recall the moment I got a particular favourite shot, I think I was shaking too much worrying that I would miss certain look or dance move that I wanted to capture … Shirley commanded the stage and the crowd loved it. Every time their played a song I would think, ‘This is going to the best performance of the night’, and then they would beat that again with the next song. They really put on a special show and put in extra effort given their Soundwave cancellation the previous day.”

After the show Rebecca and about 30 other fans waited to meet the band, who took photos with all the fans and signed everything before leaving. “It can definitely be said that Garbage love their fans just as much, if not more, than their fans love them,” says Rebecca.

Despite the flights, tickets and accommodation costs – when she estimates at around $1500 – Rebecca’s Garbage adventure isn’t the most extreme example of her fandom. In 2009 she flew to California to follow No Doubt, seeing the band live at nine shows. And the highlight of that trip? When Shirley Manson joined No Doubt on stage in Los Angeles to sing ‘Stand And Deliver’, of course.

Garbage play Melbourne’s Forum Theatre tonight.

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emz-xoxo said on the 27th Feb, 2013

my friend and i flew to sydney and bris for blink 182


Nosyt said on the 27th Feb, 2013

You obviously deserve your own article.


gumbuoy said on the 27th Feb, 2013

Shirley definitely has a "who is this person" look to her in that couple photo :)

Brian B

Brian B said on the 27th Feb, 2013

...and a skilled No Doubt stalker too.....


scottyk82 said on the 27th Feb, 2013

Shirley's head is quite unfortunate indeed.


oldgregg said on the 27th Feb, 2013

naw bec is great, I can't even remember how many of the living end retro shows she went to. she's a crazy kid.
I look forward to having my own feature article when I follow death cab around the country.


oldgregg said on the 27th Feb, 2013

took numerous flights to see band whose drummer wouldn't take one flight to play for them. the ironing is delicious.

Napoleon Solo

Napoleon Solo said on the 27th Feb, 2013

I will need to think up some cool quotes for my forthcoming This Will Destroy You tour article.
Two cities isn't even trying really.

Napoleon Solo

Napoleon Solo said on the 28th Feb, 2013

Most people close to fifty do.


random_hero said on the 28th Feb, 2013

Kate Walsh is 45 and looks 100 times better than Shirley Manson


Braveheart81 said on the 28th Feb, 2013

I'm guessing she hasn't lived the same rock and roll lifestyle that Manson no doubt has.

That and she's a more attractive woman to begin with. I have no idea whether or not she's had plastic surgery but the most common answer for a Hollywood star would be yes.


MorningAfterboy said on the 1st Mar, 2013

Also, that photo of Shirley hasn't been obscenely photoshopped and airbrushed.

Napoleon Solo

Napoleon Solo said on the 1st Mar, 2013

Kate Walsh, ergh. You are a sick fuck Random Hero.


Nosyt said on the 1st Mar, 2013


random_hero said on the 1st Mar, 2013

id still Max Hardcore it


tyler07 said on the 1st Mar, 2013

Kate Walsh is a hack. Of all the supposedly attractive 45 year old women out there, you pick her?


Vixen182 said on the 7th Mar, 2013

so if travelling between melbourne and sydney makes you australia's biggest garbage fan, what would starting the garbage australia fan page make you? australia's most tragic garbage fan?


random_hero said on the 8th Mar, 2013

who else is her age and hot?


grattan said on the 8th Mar, 2013

Pix from Bec's return to Sydney for another dose of Garbage: