An Evening with The Smashing Pumpkins (4/12/2000)
The Smashing Pumpkins
Wednesday, April 12, 2000
Reviewed by Erik
I must admit I was a little worried about this
concert. I've loved this band for a long time and while I enjoy there new
music, I deeply treasure older songs from the early nineties. The last
concert I went to was almost exclusively newer material, so I was hoping to get
to here some of my old favorites at this show.
The Smashing Pumpkins performed in Minneapolis on their
latest tour. Their new album,
Machina, has just been released to stores within the last month.
While I was expecting that they would play a fair amount of songs off the
new album, I was also hoping they would play some older songs, especially off
Siamese Dream. They didn’t
disappoint me. I got to the concert
about 7:30 and walked up to my seats. The Northrop Auditorium isn’t very large, so even though I
was about the fourth to last row, the seats were still not that bad.
Before the show, smoke was already filling up the auditorium making the
stage difficult to view. A large chandelier hung above the auditorium, I felt the
atmosphere of auditorium suited the band very well. The show started, there were many many lights on the stage.
The colors were mostly bright green, purple, and red.
Also, on guitar solos and other prearranged times, bright white strobe
lights would flash furiously. The
lighting made it a little hard to see the stage from up where I was, but you
could still almost make out all the band members faces.
This was the first concert I’ve been to that Jimmy
Chamberlain has performed in. Let
me say that he can really make a difference, I’m not a drummer but I could
appreciate what he brings to this band and their music.
So what songs did they play? I was able to write down them all with a pen and an old
paycheck stub I had in my pocket. It
was very dark, I was sweaty, and had nothing to write on except my hand.
So after the show I had to decipher exactly what I had written down.
This is what I came up with, I’m almost 100% sure of the accuracy of
the song names, and the order is accurate in my opinion too.
I liked how they varied the songs that they played, and paid homage to
previous eras. Here is the set list
with any special notes in parentheses.
Gaze – Machina
Metal Machine – Machina
and the Ghost Children - Machina
of Innocence – Machina
Away – Pisces Iscariot (James sung this song)
- I of
the Mourning – Machina
Sheila – Adore
There is a God – I'm unsure what this is off of
– Siamese Dream
Adore – Adore
Back to Electric
On – Cover (Michael Damien)
Inside Your Love – Machina
– Mellon Collie
– Siamese Dream
Tonight – Mellon Collie
Skies Bring Tears – Machina
in a Lifetime – Cover (Talking Heads, Alternate Lyrics)
Rock - Siamese Dream
20. Blank Page –
21. Bullet with Butterfly Wings – Mellon Collie
22. An Ode to No One – Mellon
23. Mayonaise – Siamese Dream
So there it is, the set list. The crowd was largely responsive to most of the songs, there
were times in the middle when a new song would be playing and people would sit
down and rest. But for the large
majority of the concert, everyone was standing and singing. It is always kind of cool when they play their old popular
songs like "Today" and "Disarm" and everyone is singing
along. I was surprised, and in a good way, when a lot of people were
singing along to songs like "Cherub Rock" and "Mayonaise."
The Smashing Pumpkins have a very interesting fan base.
There are a lot of “old school” fans that have probably listened to
them for almost a decade now, and they still come out to the concerts.
Now with the bands popularity, there is a new breed of fan.
I saw a lot of blonde high school girls wearing tight fitting Zero
shirts. I am in support of this; a
lot of people think it rather ridiculous however.
I think it says a lot about the quality of a band when they can bring
such a wide range of people together under roof and impress pretty much
everyone. The audience was largely young
adult, mostly from the college but there was definitely a fair share of high
school aged people.
This is probably the best
Smashing Pumpkins concert I’ve been to yet.
The auditorium was smaller, the stage was interesting, and the songs they
played pleased me greatly, especially that they played four off of Siamese
Dream. The crowd also helped make
the whole experience very enjoyable. Billy was getting into many of the
songs, doing things like his characteristic screams and changing up the
lyrics. He even chuckled a couple times during "Disarm."
wardrobes were classic Smashing Pumpkin attire. I couldn't see much of
what anyone but Billy was wearing, who had on a long black trench coat like
Billy didn’t say much during
the concert; he introduced the band and introduced a couple songs by name such
as "Cherub Rock." Other
than that, he said some things about Brittany Spears not being good, and that is
about it. He made reference to Minnesota
governor Jesse Ventura being able to "pile drive his opposition" or
something to that effect. It got quite a response from the crowd.
have to say my favorite song of the show was without a doubt the grand finale of
"Mayonaise." That is definitely one of my top five Smashing
Pumpkins songs, it ranks up there with "Soma" and "Muzzle"
in my eyes. I had never heard it live before. Live on CD yes, but
not live in person, so that was a great surprise and the highlight of the show
for me. The songs I missed most were "Rocket",
"Muzzle", and of course "Soma", but they rarely perform that
live so I can't complain.
I highly recommend this show,
The Smashing Pumpkins bring a lot of energy to the stage and I left feeling very
happy with the whole experience. The
Smashing Pumpkins have been my favorite band for a while; their lyrics are very
powerful in my opinion and help me see things about life and love that might
otherwise pass me by. It is this
quality that keeps me coming back to them, Corgan’s apparent mastery over the
human spirit and condition. When you
understand their songs, and you are at a large concert with all these other
people, you can't help but feel you share some common bond with them on how you
view life. It makes you feel good. Practically every song is left
open to interpretation by the audience, please do yourself a favor and give this
band a listen sometime.