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Drummer Butch Vig Says Friend’s Funeral Sparked Garbage Reunion

Image courtesy of Stunvolume (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Stunvolume (via ABC News Radio)

Earlier this year, Garbage ended their seven-year hiatus by releasing their fifth studio album, Not Your Kind of People . Drummer Butch Vig reveals that one of the major reasons the band got back together was because of a personal tragedy that he and frontwoman Shirley Manson experienced.

“A friend of ours, their child died, and Shirley and I were at the funeral, and we realized how precious life is and how music is really a big part of our life,” Vig tells British website Digital Spy . "Shirley sang at the funeral and literally that night we were like, 'We have unfinished business. We have music to write and to record.' And that was one of the sparks that helped [get] Garbage back in the studio.”

Vig added that the band’s current tour has revitalized Manson’s confidence as a performer. "Now we've been playing shows all summer, and I think Shirley's singing incredible and she's completely uninhibited on stage -- she loves it,” explains Vig. “I think it's hard for her to imagine a couple of years ago when she was on this deep hiatus that she was going to walk away from it completely.”

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