New-look Smashing Pumpkins start world tour at Los Angeles club 7:17 pm // Wednesday, June 30, 2010Posted by jjb in live, news.
Sometime after 8pm PT tonight, Billy Corgan will take the mic in front of 250 onlookers at the Viper Room on Sunset Strip to warm up for/kick off the first Smashing Pumpkins tour since 2008. He’ll be backed by the brand-new rhythm section of bassist Nicole Fiorentino and drummer Mike Byrne, with guitarist Jeff Schroeder — a veteran by now of 160-some Pumpkins gigs since the band’s revival — still standing at stage left.
This post will be updated with the most significant items that turn up over the course of the night. None of the HU bloggers are on scene, but we’re monitoring the Internets for news and have been assembling a list of Twitter users who will be attending the concert.
5:15pm PT: Those of us left at home tonight may at least enjoy this freshly uploaded recording of the August 29, 2009 Spirits in the Sky concert, the only one on that band’s short tour to be performed outdoors. The tracklist includes each of the first five songs from the Pumpkins’ new Teargarden by Kaleidyscope album.
There will not be a soundcheck performance for invited fans tonight, nor will tour-supporting bands Kill Hannah and Bad City appear. According to the Viper Room site, preshow entertainment will be provided by Los Angeles bartender/bass player DJ Jamie Scrap.
6:50pm PT: Fans can hear the band soundchecking through the doors, and so far they have played Astral Planes, Bleeding the Orchid, Pox, and United States.
7:25pm PT: Soundcheck has ended.
7:50pm PT: Jessica Origliasso tweets: “Tonight tonightttttt. Hurry up 11pm.”
10:25pm PT: Musicians in the crowd, according to Twitter: Mark Tulin, Perry and Etty Farrell, the Veronicas (natch), Kathy Valentine of the Go-Go’s…others?
11:00pm PT: The Pumpkins are on stage, opening with Astral Planes.
11:10pm PT: Ava Adore is second out of the box.
11:15pm PT: Hummer.
11:20pm PT: As Rome Burns.
11:25pm PT: A Song for a Son.
11:35pm PT: Bleeding the Orchid.
11:40pm PT: Stand Inside Your Love.
11:45pm PT: Bullet with Butterfly Wings.
11:50pm PT: Widow Wake My Mind.
11:55pm PT: Perfect.
12:00am PT: Owata, with electric guitars.
12:05am PT: Cherub Rock.
[12:10am PT: That's the Way was in here, quite probably...it was on the setlist but no one on Twitter mentioned it.]
12:15am PT: United States.
12:20am PT: Another song, then the main set ends.
12:30am PT: And that is the end of the show and this post! No encore.