4. Geek U.S.A.
6. Window Paine
7. Lightning Strikes
11. Frail And Bedazzled
14. Pale Horse
15. Thru The Eyes Of Ruby
+ I Am One (tease)
16. Cherub Rock
18. My Love Is Winter
19. For Martha
21. Bullet With Butterfly Wings
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SPRC Meeting/Q&A with Billy (36 minutes): Part 1, Part 2
“Sonically, the band displayed an incredible range of sounds. Slow buildups rising into gutteral, hard-rock crescendos; solid guitar solos; pulsating basslines; ambient, lush soundscapes characteristic of the late 80s/early 90s shoegaze genre while breaking out into steady, consistent rock odysseys. Overall, the sound was tight while remaining experimental, weaving influences and disciplines together into a quilt of melancholic distortion intrinsic to the Pumpkins’ sound. For being pinned as such a melancholic dude, Corgan is incredibly self-aware. He has the practice of being a rock star down, from shredding riffs to Black Sabbath-worthy stances. Head down during his many insane solos, he refused to make direct eye contact with anything except the guitar in front of him. Maybe it’s just me, but part of the appeal of Corgan’s voice is that it’s nearly impossible to place. Ranging from a guttural growl, to frantic and desperate, to a drawling falsetto, I was washed over with a nostalgia for something I didn’t even know I had. Corgan’s voice, while resilient, has a sense of longing that will inevitably be unfulfilled. It encapsulates what The Smashing Pumpkins are: that cathartic mood that hits you mid-autumn when the days become slower, dead leaves crunching under your feet, and everything is at the disposal of the wind blowing around you, often in ways you can’t comprehend.” - Paula Mejia
“This Monday, I saw Billy Corgan and friends rock their fucking shit at 9:30 Club. I’ve been waiting 15 years to hear the Billy Corgan experience. He wobbled his head in a completely different way than Thom Yorke. His guitars rocked me down to my musical core. His stage setup and lights almost gave me a seizuregasm. His supporting cast had the exact stage presence they needed to. The crowd was amazing. They were in love, too. They were screaming. They were pumping their fists. It was…well, it was rock and roll.” - mathismybag
“Now, I’ve known Billy Corgan could play a mean guitar. But to see him play live…holy shit. I was blown away. I couldn’t believe he was actually playing some of the things I was hearing. And he wasn’t the only one tearing it up on guitar. Jeff Schroeder has quite a bit of chops as well. He and Billy traded off solos and even did some guitar dueling the whole night. Nicole Fiorentino, the band’s newest member, certainly held her own on bass. She even came to the rescue for Billy Corgan when he started to struggle with some she-sells-sea-shells tongue-twister freestyling. The youngster, Mike Byrne, put on a drum clinic all night. It was good to get to see a straight-up, solid rock performance. I think those are hard to come by these days. I love a good guitar solo, and I certainly got my fill that night. So kudos to Billy for putting together a group that can bring the rock and to the whole band for putting on a great show.” - silhouettecities.com