THE SMASHING PUMPKINS + METRIC @ THE FORUM
Photos by ZB Images
Diehard SP fans got to The Forum early for a three-hour extravaganza that they had been waiting for for months. The first of two shows at the iconic venue for The Smashing Pumpkins’ Shiny and Oh So Bright reunion tour was a bit of a “this is your life” for founding member and lead vocalist/guitarist Billy Corgan. Original members James Iha on guitar and drummer Jimmy Chamberlin joined Corgan on this trip down memory lane. Jack Bates (bass legend Peter Hook’s son) along with longtime member guitarist Jeff Schroeder and Katie Cole on keys helped give extra love to the many classic songs.
Corgan opened the show emerging from a sliver in their large video display that had been playing classic Smashing Pumpkins iconography flying through a field of stars. He played a solo version of “Disarm” which kicked off the set into a string of songs off Siamese Dream and Gish. After a costume change, Corgan launched into David Bowie’s “Space Oddity.” Corgan’s dazzled in shiny capes to skeleton t-shirts and dark smokey eye makeup complete with silver tears. SP’s three hour, 31 song set included covers of Fleetwood Mac’s “Landslide” and Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven” and ended in an encore with a Betty Noyes cover “Baby Mine.”
Linda Strawberry excelled in the creation of the vivid videos, featuring a 1920’s looking starlet–part mellow dramatic art film, including religious iconography with Billy playing opposite her. For a band that got its start grouped into the rebellious, low key, anti-fashion, grunge scene–the band seemed right at home with their arena guitar rock show. Corgan joked that they would be wearing LA Lakers uniforms with goth make up Friday night.
Opening the night was Metric who held their own as the crowd slowly filled into the arena to see a band some had been waiting their whole lives to see.
Space Oddity (David Bowie cover)
The Everlasting Gaze
Stand Inside Your Love
Porcelina of the Vast Oceans
Landslide (Fleetwood Mac cover)
Stairway to Heaven (Led Zeppelin cover)
Try, Try, Try
The Beginning Is the End Is the Beginning
Bullet With Butterfly Wings
Baby Mine (Betty Noyes cover)