I met Butch Vig last night
4/10/2013 7:39:00 AM
Butch Vig is a huge deal, maybe for more than just his drummer status in the band, Garbage. Earlier this year, Butch Vig helped Dave Grohl release Sound City - a documentary about the underdog, yet legendary studio in Van Nuy, California that housed so many great albums – many from our library here at KSHE.
But last night, Vig was in town with his 90's, female-fronted and extremely talented band Garbage. They were playing at the Pageant. Working with this cluster of stations, I was lucky enough to squeeze in the meet and greet from the Point. It's always a fun time awaiting the "go ahead" while standing on Delmar Blvd with a sunny, 75 degree day. It's fun standing with all of the winners, listeners and hopefuls for a meet and greet. Accompanying me was my boyfriend, Tim (who is a bigger Butch Vig fan than I think I am...), my sister-station and morning show enemy from KIHT -- Rick Sanborn (just kidding on the enemy part. :) ), and Donny Fandango’s fiancé, Mary. We were just as excited as many of the winners who were there. It’s always a weird thing when you work in this business, we get so many opportunities to meet musicians and people that our exploited by the masses and sometimes there are good experiences and sometimes there are bad experiences. I have met my share of people I respect in this field, but I have to say yesterday was the easiest meeting/small interview I have had since my time with KSHE (2008).
About 20 of us were invited into the Pageant to see Garbage sound check. I have seen many bands sound check, and usually it’s this really subdued, kind of awkward moment…you really don’t know what to think. Granted, every band is a different temperament, but there was something so great about Garbage. Now, if you aren’t that familiar – this is a female-fronted band by Shirley Manson – who is Scottish, and gorgeous. Fierce and outspoken, everything I wish to be some day. They played two songs, one from my favorite Garbage record called Version 2.0 (1998) a song called “The Trick is Keep Breathing” – great song. So immediately, it hooked me in.
After the couple of songs, the band came down to our level (literally – the damn stage is so high up…and I am so short.) and just came and conversed with everyone, one – on – one. Most people, who are infused with this band, love Shirley Manson and don’t get me wrong, I love her, too…but there was something some alluring about Butch Vig.
He was kind of wandering through the crowd and finally made his way over to us. I shook his hand and started the ol’ preliminary “Can’t wait for the show tonight” conversation to feel him out. He immediately asked, “Have you seen Garbage play before?” I told him this was my first time and how I was such a huge fan back in the day. He said something along the line of how much time they were on hiatus and how they have been preserving Shirley’s voice. I then stated, “Well, you have been really busy, yet.” And he agreed. We then discussed the Sound City doc. He referred to Dave Grohl just as “Dave” and then released the effort that the people involved created in order to put that story out into the world.
I wanted to make sure to tell him how much Tim and I was affected by the movie. And really, I hate admitting this to our listeners, but I will. That documentary ignited something that has been missing in my soul for a while. Unfortunately, I have had some reverse affect to music the last 5 years or so…I haven’t been moved by a sound in a while. Being in the music industry, that’s really sad. I would say it would be the equivalent to “writer’s block” for a journalist. I just haven’t been interested in new music. I am so stuck in the decades where I wasn’t even a thought yet (1960s – 1985) trying to learn those decades like the back of my hands so I can have a conversation on the same level of the people who were there…this is a total first world problem, but for my job it’s imperative that I can hold some conversation about this musical region.
ANYWAY – I told Butch “Thanks” for waking me up. I told him it was just what I needed – much like when I bought Version 2.0, this Sound City movie, moved me, too. He said that is exactly what “Dave and him” envisioned with creating something like this.
It was really cool. He was a really warm guy who looked me in the eyes, and wanted to actually talk…even though his manager was trying to speed the process along…it made me love him even more.
GO RENT SOUND CITY – I can’t stop talking about it, because I really think you will have the experience that I had – there’s something for everyone in that story, and I think that’s what music is all about.
Here’s his production resume, with some gems I really love: