Legendary rockers Smashing Pumpkins – led by Billy Corgan and featuring original members James Iha (guitar) and Jimmy Chamberlin (drums), plus company – brought their ‘Shiny And Oh So Bright Tour’ to New York City’s Madison Square Garden on August 1st for an epic sold out showing.
Corgan kicked off the three hour-plus concert with a solo acoustic version of “Disarm,” all while projecting vintage home photos via the stage’s huge LED screen. The band, rounded out by guitarist Jeff Schroeder, bassist Jack Bates and keyboardist Katie Cole, joined Billy on-stage shortly after, sending an already elated crowd into an accelerated craze with “Rocket,” “Siva,” and “Rhinoceros” from their great LPs Siamese Dream and Gish.
The Pumpkins would go on to perform cover songs from the likes of David Bowie, Fleetwood Mac, Led Zeppelin and Betty Noyes during their 31-song display. Though, the band’s set on this tour focuses mainly on their early material, with Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness classics likes “Zero,” “Thirty-Three,” “Tonight, Tonight,” “1979,” “Bullet With Butterfly Wings,” and more, plus additional Siamese Dream cuts like “Mayonaise” and “Cherub Rock” reigning supreme at MSG. Music off of Adore and Machina/The Machines of God, the 2018 single “Solara,” and more added to the incredible evening, packed with 30 years of history.
Canadian indie rock quartet Metric opened the evening. Scroll down below for more exclusive shots from the NYC concert. The ongoing tour is set to close next month, get all remaining dates HERE.
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Smashing Pumpkins – NYC at MSG – 8/1/2018 setlist (via):
01. Disarm (Billy Corgan solo)
05. Space Oddity (David Bowie cover)
08. The Everlasting Gaze
09. Stand Inside Your Love
13. Blew Away
14. For Martha
15. To Sheila
17. Porcelina of the Vast Oceans
18. Landslide (Fleetwood Mac cover)
19. Tonight, Tonight
20. Stairway to Heaven (Led Zeppelin cover)
21. Cherub Rock
23. Ava Adore
24. Try, Try, Try
25 The Beginning Is the End Is the Beginning
28. Bullet With Butterfly Wings
30. Solara (including a drum solo)
31. Baby Mine (Betty Noyes cover)
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