Shirley and Wayne

Happy Friday, folks!

Last night I went out. Yes, I was out of the house past 10:00pm on purpose and having fun. Brody and I met up with a bunch of friends at the Pondamonium concert at Warner Park on the east side of Madison.

I had to nanny and Brody had to work, so we missed the opening bands (Dum Dum Girls, Royal Bangs, and The Congregation). Around 6ish, I made it to the Duck Pond and immediately ordered a Fat Tire. As we stood waiting for Garbage to come out, it started spitting a little, and thankfully we all had raincoats. One of our friends made a joke using Garbage’s famous song, “I’m Only Happy When It Rains.”

Despite the rain, Garbage came out and put on a great show (as you can see, they were mostly covered). Back in middle school, I did own their self-titled album and knew about five of the songs they played.

Although Garbage’s lead singer, Shirley Manson, is Scottish (and obviously has a sick accent and looks amazing at the age of 45), the other three guys are from Madison. When Shirley joined Garbage, they produced/recorded their first album here in Madison with Smart Studios in a corner building on East Washington Ave. Interestingly enough, Nirvana’s  song “Polly” from their Nevermind album and The Smashing Pumpkins’ entire first album were all recorded at that studio. Cool stuff!

Next up was The Flaming Lips. The roadies set everything up…and then it poured. Heavy, big rain drops fell for about ten minutes (maybe less?). The rain stopped and the show began.

This was quite the spectacle! Brody had told me about their concerts, so I had an idea of what I could expect. Even though I only knew about four songs, I enjoyed every minute of the show.

Between the gigantic balloons floating around, confetti canons, fans dressed up like characters from The Wizard of Oz dancing on stage, and the lead singer, Wayne, moving around on top of the crowd in a human sized hamster wheel, there was never a dull moment.

They finished with the song “Do You Realize” – it was so pretty and as Wayne wanted, spread the most love into the world.

The Flaming Lips put on an fantastic show, and if you ever have the chance, go see them!

Besides a Saturday morning run with Mel and breakfast with a college friend, I have no plans.  Maybe the farmers market, maybe the Great Taste of Midwest (if I can get tickets), maybe a nap.  The possibilities are endless.

Have a great Friday!

What’s the best concert you’ve ever been to?
Have you seen Garbage or The Flaming Lips? Own their albums?
What are you doing this weekend?

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