Oceania: Live in NYC

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Oceania: Live in NYC
Live album by
ReleasedSeptember 24, 2013
RecordedDecember 10, 2012[1]
VenueBarclays Center in New York City
GenreAlternative rock
Length125:29 (CD), 123:08 (DVD/BR)
DirectorMilton Lange[2]

Oceania: Live in NYC is a live video album by The Smashing Pumpkins, recorded at Brooklyn's Barclays Center in New York City on December 10, 2012. The concert was originally scheduled for Halloween night in 2012, but was postponed due to Hurricane Sandy.[3] The 24-song show was released on several home audio and video formats on September 24, 2013, including in three-dimensional form. It documents a performance of the band's 2012 album Oceania in full,[4][1] followed by a career-spanning setlist. The film was directed by Milton Lange, and the DVD and Blu-ray editions include interviews with stage designer Sean Evans as well as a photo gallery.

Background[edit | edit source]

The large-scale production and stage show of the Oceania tour was in part inspired by Roger Waters' The Wall Live tour. Billy Corgan had seen one of the shows in recent years, and reached out to Waters' stage designer, Sean Evans, to do something similar for The Smashing Pumpkins.[5] The result was an elaborate moon-shaped backdrop with a mixture of strobe and mood-setting lights that accompanied the songs. The band used new video-mapping technology to capture the performance in 3D and record in 5.1 surround sound.

Critical reception[edit | edit source]

The Seattle Post-Intelligencer called Oceania: Live in NYC "an essential Smashing Pumpkins offering", praising the elaborate production, Corgan's vocal range, the dueling guitar solos with Jeff Schroeder, and Mike Byrne's Neil Peart-ish flourishes. In addition to Pumpkins classics and new offerings off of Oceania, the cover of David Bowie's "Space Oddity" was singled out as a highlight.[5] AllMusic called the video an "intense" multimedia experience and gave it a rating of 4 out of 5 stars.[6]

Track listing[edit | edit source]

All tracks are written by Billy Corgan, unless otherwise noted.

1."Quasar" 5:05
2."Panopticon" 4:09
3."The Celestials" 3:50
4."Violet Rays" 4:34
5."My Love Is Winter" 3:37
6."One Diamond, One Heart" 3:54
7."Pinwheels" 5:52
8."Oceania" 10:09
9."Pale Horse" 4:35
10."The Chimera" 4:39
11."Glissandra" 4:31
12."Inkless" 3:03
13."Wildflower" 5:06
14."Space Oddity" (David Bowie cover)David Bowie7:38
15."X.Y.U." 10:23
16."Disarm" 3:31
17."Tonite Reprise" 1:27
18."Tonight, Tonight" 4:21
19."Bullet with Butterfly Wings" 5:02
20."The Dream Machine" 7:01
21."Hummer" 7:13
22."Ava Adore" 5:11
23."Cherub Rock" 4:43
24."Zero" 6:01

Cuts from original show[edit | edit source]

The show as released runs approximately 15 minutes shorter than the original concert. Below is a list of material removed for the release.

CD[edit | edit source]

  • Fades in on the direct "Quasar" intro, cutting the show's intro, a mixture of pre-recorded music and Corgan playing the Mellotron (approx. 2 minutes)
  • All banter after "Pinwheels" is removed (2 minutes, 15 seconds)
  • All banter and teases after "Bullet with Butterfly Wings" cut, with the exception of Corgan saying "Thank you, thank you" (7 minutes, 30 seconds)
  • Encore break removed (4 minutes, 45 seconds)
  • Intro strumming to "Ava Adore" (15 seconds)

DVD / Blu-ray[edit | edit source]

  • All banter after "Pinwheels" is removed except "So this is the title track, Oceania."
  • All banter and teases after "Bullet with Butterfly Wings" cut, except "For those of you on drugs, this is a good time to leave...because you're not going to like this journey. It is called The Dream Machine."
  • Encore break removed
  • "Zero" feedback outro cut by approx. 55 seconds

Release history[edit | edit source]

Released Label Catalog ID Format Country External sites
September 24, 2013 Virgin • UMe B0018963-00 DVD • 2×CD US Discogs MusicBrainz [1]
September 23, 2013 Rock Fuel • Universal 0602537383252 Blu-ray UK & Europe Discogs MusicBrainz [1]
September 27, 2013 Rock Fuel B0018961-59 Blu-ray US Discogs [1]

More releases: DiscogsMusicBrainz

Personnel[edit | edit source]

The Smashing Pumpkins

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Oceania: Live in NYC | The Smashing Pumpkins". The Smashing Pumpkins. Retrieved August 17, 2013.
  2. "The Smashing Pumpkins: Oceania 3D Live in NYC (Video 2013) - IMDb". IMDb. Retrieved August 17, 2013.
  3. http://www.mtv.com/news/2697492/smashing-pumpkins-barclays-brooklyn-photos/
  4. "Oceania Live in NYC Blu-ray/DVD release date pushed back to Sept 24". Crestfallen. Retrieved August 17, 2013.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Doherty, Charlie (December 2, 2013). "Music Review: Smashing Pumpkins - 'Oceania: Live in NYC' [Blu-ray Edition]". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Retrieved September 22, 2021.
  6. Collar, Matt. "Oceania: Live in NYC [Video] – AllMusic review". Retrieved September 22, 2021.