It’s an almost indescribable feeling when you finally get to see one of your all-time favorite bands perform live. It’s a bit surreal, really. Especially when they play ALL of your favorite songs by the.
You proudly stand up in the crowd, singing the words as loud as you can with no regard for others around you. It truly is an amazing feeling.
Last week I got to experience this when I finally got to see Smashing Pumpkins perform live in Irvine, California with Marilyn Manson. It was magnificent.
Now, I’m not much of a Manson fan to be honest. I do enjoy a few of his songs and his covers. I mean, let’s be honest, how can you NOT like “Beautiful People” and his cover of Depeche Mode’s “Personal Jesus”?
And you have to give the man credit, he puts on a hell of a show. From constant wardrobe alterations to frequent stage design changes, not one minute of his performance was dull.He had the whole crowd going at all times, and I’m glads I got to experience it.
Onto “The Pumpkins.” I have been a die-hard Smashing Pumpkins fan for years. There will be bouts that I go through when that will be the only music playing in my car for several days straight, much to my friends’ chagrin.
I know Smashing Pumpkins have always been received with mixed feelings, but you’ve got to give credit to lead singer Billy Corgan for keeping the band going for almost thirty years now with consistently fresh material. Even though the band has gone through several lineup changes over the past few years, the sound remains true.
In fact, I was lucky enough to witness the band perform with original drummer Jimmy Chamberlin! I never thought I’d actually get the opportunity to see one of the original members, aside from Corgan, with the band.
Smashing Pumpkins performed all of my favorite tunes, as well as a handful of their newer songs, and it was spectacular. In fact, midway through their 2+ hour set, Billy Corgan performed “The Star Spangled Banner” in a Hendrix-esq guitar solo. Granted, Corgan is by far no Jimi Hendrix, but it was still neat to watch. They also dedicated a song to the troops, which was also a nice touch.
I have been to an innumerable amount of shows over the years, but I have to say that this one was, by far, the most entertaining and enjoyable concert I have ever been to. Check “Seeing Smashing Pumpkins Live” off my bucket list, and we’re on to the next one.
What is the best concert you’ve ever been to?