Today’s cancellation of Garbage’s Soundwave set in Sydney was avoidable – at least, that’s the impression given from AJ Maddah after the straight-talking Soundwave boss fielded questions from fans all afternoon after 2 delayed trucks caused schedule problems on Stage 2.
Most sets were able to go ahead as planned but early this afternoon two headlining acts, Paramore and Garbage, remained an uncertainty. A swift juggling act saw Paramore’s set salvaged but, alas, Garbage could not or would not play their scheduled slot. When pressed by one curious fan as to why a reshuffling of acts couldn’t have accommodated Garbage, AJ Maddah simply replied, “We offered. They refused.” In response, Garbage fans have branded the band as ‘divas’ and labelled the band’s perceived lack of effort to play for Soundwave punters as ‘amateur’ (amidst a slew of ‘rubbish’ puns, of course).
If AJ Maddah’s tweet is accurate, this would be the second occasion in recent memory that Garbage haven’t lived up to fans expectations. In November of last year frontwoman Shirley Manson told fans via Twitter to “blow me”, among other taunts, after Manson posted about what she felt was a lackluster effort from a German audience.
@aaronnnx: @ikiriki I don't get why @iamnotshouting count get them to play on another stage at 10 and have them same time as paramore
@iamnotshouting: @aaronnnx @ikiriki we offered. They refused.
But even though Garbage had the same access to get their gear out of the flood like Paramore did, they said the following on twitter (note: Shirley runs that twitter account)..
Garbage: Our gear has failed to make it for the show tonight at Soundwave in Sydney. Our truck got held up by a flood. So sad we can't play.
Garbage: Tomorrow the REAL facts will emerge. Love to all who came to see us at Soundwave. No one more bummed out about how this went down than us.