Still waiting for someone to pan Pumpkins’ August tour 4:45 pm // Monday, August 18, 2008Posted by jjb in criticism, radiohead, stereogum, the hold steady, tour.
Hilary Langford, writing for Landmark Communications’ Style Weekly of Richmond, Va., lauds the Smashing Pumpkins for delivering “an impeccable set of blistering rock” on Saturday night in nearby Charlottesville:
Seemingly intoxicated on his own music, Corgan wavered back and forth as he weaved a psychedelic “Star Spangled Banner” into “United States.” With roundhouse, Townsend-styled guitar strums, the frontman kept the searing energy going with “Heavy Metal Machine” and asked the audience “Are you ready to die for rock and roll?” What he should have asked was, “Are you ready to see the strangest show closer in Smashing Pumpkins history?”
Meanwhile, Pitchfork, Stereogum, Idolator, et al, were unable to comment as today they hit a rough patch in their relationships with the Hold Steady, whose
frontman guitarist just now told them — after like two years together! — that he doesn’t like Radiohead. My favorite part is Stereogum’s lament:
Ugh. Look it’s Rock Interviews 101: a band slags another, and like a moth to the Flame, the internet will post it. Because it is inflammatory, and the Internet and Inflammatory are BFFs. So congrats Tad Kubler, you clearly wanted to be blogged, and now you are. The Hold Steady guitarist told BBC6 (via NME): …