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Aug 202008

The Smashing Pumpkins caught so much shit on this tour. People complained that they did not play enough “classics.” This is one of the best tours I’ve seen them on. They are not a nostalgia band despite how bad people want them to be. They played for 2 1/2 hours with a mix of b-sides, rarities, psychedelic jam sessions, re-worked old songs, new stuff, and of course, “classics.” They are brutal and punishing one minute, then tender and sweet another. Billy basically leads the show with the overwhelming force of his guitar and Jimmy Chamberlin is the fiercest drummer I’ve ever seen. The opportunity to see the two of them play their instruments live is worth the price of admission alone. People looking for “1979″ and “Disarm” can fuck off anyway. If they did just play Siamese Dream and Mellon Collie songs they’d be “cashing in.” Another case of damned if you do, damned if you don’t.

“Siva” from Gish

Blowing the doors off with “Superchrist”


Two recorded versions of this song exist. This is the version of “Speed Kills” that appears on their Best of

“Transformer” Killer little rocker that was a Mellon Collie B-side

“Blues Jam” with Bill Corgan Sr. Billy closed the show by bringing out his bluesman father for a little jam.