and what i choose is my choice
4 December 2008, 12:37 pm
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Recently, in a conversation about which all time, old school bands couldn’t be missed in concert, I decided the Rolling Stones are probably at the top of my list. U2, Oasis, and the Smashing Pumpkins were also mentioned.  So, when we saw that the Smashing Pumpkins would be in town for their 20th (!) Anniversary Tour, we decided to take a little trip back to the 90’s and visit ol’ Billy Corgan.

First of all, what kind of concert starts on time with no opening act?!  Is this a west coast thing or what?  We left at 8 for an 8:15 start, thinking we had plenty of time to get there while the opening act did their thing. We slid into our nosebleed seats at 8:45 and realized we had missed the beginning- which, after checking the set list later, we learned had been a good 1/2 hour.

You go to a concert expecting some level of new stuff, mixed in with beloved “I know this song in my sleep” tunes.  But as he somewhat adorably informed the crowd, Billy Corgan is nobody’s bitch.  Which means he rushed through some of those beloved tunes, then exhaled and rocked out  with incredibly looong instrumental numbers for most of the second half.  I found myself thinking, just put the damn tambourine down and SING, Billy!  Even if I don’t know the song, your voice is way better than this… music.  The worst part is that the crowd kept waiting for him to finish jamming and segue into a killer song… and it just never happened.

All in all, the good was excellent enough to outweigh the bad.  But what did I learn? I am admittedly a nostalgic fan.

How about you? Who would you absolutely love to see in concert?


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Ah! Oasis is in town tonight!

Comment by fiveftfour

i will say, rem was one of those groups for me, and when i did see them this past june in philly, and michael stipe definitely knows how to put on an excellent show :)

you should check out oasis…it is your birthday week :)

Comment by katie

i saw the pumpkins about a year ago on their swing through philly (they played 3 nights!). i think i agree with you in that, though the crowd was into it, he seemed a little bit mechanical up there. though i love all of the albums before the most recent one, he played a few songs that were just terrible for concert energy… 12 minute versions of kinda downer songs from adore and machina. he’s a great musician and one of my favorite rockers, but i think he will always need an equally strong editor/creative foil to produce both great music and great shows.

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