The Smashing Pumpkins 1993-10-19

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October 19, 1993 – San Francisco, CA, US
Live performance by The Smashing Pumpkins
Rock Invasion tour
DateOctober 19, 1993
VenueWarfield Theater
Coordinates37°46′58″N 122°24′37″W
LocationSan Francisco, CA, US
Venue typeClub
PersonnelBilly Corgan, James Iha, D'arcy Wretzky, Jimmy Chamberlin
Order of bandsMedicine, Richard McGee, Shudder to Think, The Smashing Pumpkins

Setlist[edit | edit source]

  1. "King of the Road" [Roger Miller] (prerecorded) 
  2. "Geek U.S.A.
  3. "Quiet
  4. "Today
  5. "Rhinoceros
  6. "Rocket
  7. "I Am One" (with rant) [5:34] 
  8. "Cortez the Killer" [Neil Young(tease) 
  9. "Disarm
  10. "Hummer
  11. "Soma
  12. "Luna
  13. "Siva" [5:11] 
  14. "Cherub Rock

Encore one[edit | edit source]

  1. "Mayonaise
  2. "Bury Me

Encore two[edit | edit source]

  1. "Silverfuck" [16:04] 
    1. "Over the Rainbow" [Harold Arlen / Yip Harburg(tease) 
    2. "Living After Midnight" [Judas Priest(tease) 
  2. "Sweet Sweet" [1:52] 

Banter[edit | edit source]

King of the Road Intro
BC: Woo!
Geek U.S.A.
Iha: Hi.
BC: We're your homeless latchkey disenfranchised band, I'm the nerd. Here's another disenfranchised nerdy song for you...‘cause I've had a bad life.
Iha: Thanks.
Iha: Thank you.
I Am One
(BC midsong: And all I ever wanted was everything and all I ever got was nothing, yeah, it’s the sad story of my life. Yeah, everybody’s got a story. So what you want is what you’ll get, what you want is what you’ll get, so don’t expect nothing for free. ‘Cause that’s what you’ll get: nothing. And don’t ask a question if you don’t want an answer. And don’t wish for something that you already have. And nothing can be taken from me that hasn’t already been taken, nothing can be taken from me that hasn’t already been taken, (screamed) nothing can be taken from me that hasn’t already been taken! (normal) Damn right. So I reach out and expect something more and I dig down and I expect something more and I wish my heart out for something more and still I get nothin’. Nothing. Nothing. Nothing. Nothing! Nothing! Nothing! Nothing! Nothing! Nothing, nothing, nothing!)
Cortez the Killer (tease - Billy is noodling with the opening)
BC: Thank you very much for your attention. And, of course, your unconditional love. That's all I got to say.
BC: Thank you very kindly. Yes. So who was here last night? Hi, hello again, I'm sorry last night was not as good as tonight, I apologize. It was -- it was in the stars, ya know, there's not much you can do about it, just -– it was okay, but tonight is a special night.
Iha: Jerry said -- Jerry called us up and said play a really good show for tonight...dude.
BC: Ever since their uh, two week relationship, between James and Jerry Garcia...
Iha: Hey, I don't wanna talk about it.
BC: ...he’s been really close to the band.
Iha: I don't wanna talk about it.
BC: (laughing) You don't wanna talk about it? Alright, I understand, it's hard when your lover breaks your heart.
Iha: (laughing) Back off!
BC: Thanks, um...shh. I'd like to um...seeing as this is an enjoyable experience, um...I'd like to do a song we don't normally do too much, but um.... This is -- I'd like to dedicate this song to my wife Chris, whose birthday is coming up soon and.... So um, I mean this is for you too, but uh....
Iha: This is called [unintelligible word sounding like "Sa-ba-lis"].
BC: That's for all you lovers. I'm sure no one in the audience is in love or has been in love, so you –- I'm sure you have trouble relating, but--
Iha: (mischievous) And this next one's for all you sinners!
BC: Yes, these next selections are for you sinners.
Iha: Heh heh.
BC: Again, I'm sure of which there are few, but um, if you are a sinner, you can relate.
Iha: What do you admit, sir? What did you do though?
BC: Man--
Iha: Did you drink from the black cup?
BC: No, wait--
Iha: Did you drinketh?
BC: He made love to a sheep. Is that a sin? I don't know, is that a sin?
Iha: I think not!
BC: No, that's not a sin?, okay. And no –- no, sir, smoking weed is not a sin, I'm sorry. However, listening to rock music is.
Iha: (choking noises)
BC: I've gone out on a limb...again. (Siva intro starts) So to all you sinners, sin on! I'm with ya. Heh, at least in spirit.
Cherub Rock
BC: Thank you, thank you.
[encore break]
BC: Thank you. I could -– if I could curtsy, I would. You want me to talk to you? What do you want me to say?, every time I open my mouth, I say something stupid, so....
Iha: He wants to hear you say Sega, Sega.
BC: You mean Seka the porno star?
Iha: Sega, like the game I [2 unintelligible words].
BC: No, man, not in my house. Anyway, I don’t know, it's great to be here, I hope you're havin' fun, I am, we are. It's nice to know that a bunch of introverted, latchkey, backwards people like ourselves can entertain well-adjusted people like yourselves. Oh wait, no, wait...
Iha: (high pitched) Woo, you can say that--
BC: ...I’m sorry, you are a part of the latchkey generation too.
Iha: (high pitched) Woo, you can say that again, man! That's dope!
BC: Yeah, I know, I know. So, to you all up there, hi, hope you're doing okay.
Iha: Everyone up there, bust a move, get in that crush groove, bust a move, come on.
BC: No, okay, wait, look up there, those are the lazy people! Wave to the lazy people. They don't wanna come down here and rock like us but--
Iha: I want all you people to moon the people down here! Come on, get up!
BC: They can't even hear you.
Iha: Uh...yeah.
BC: Hey, I like that, there’s a -- look at that dude in the back row: hey dude, woo hoo, rock power! Haha! So, you know...I don't know, I'm so sick of the normal rock concert where we pretend we're better and greater than you and uh....
Iha: We pretend that [3 unintelligible words].
BC: Even though we are better and greater than you, we don't like to pretend we are! Oh yeah, see, this is why I don't talk! Every time I do, it's a problem, so...ladies and gentlemen, Mr. James Iha on the guitar.
BC: Should we play one more? (loud cheering) Okay. What do you wanna hear?
Iha: (makes a noise imitating crowd yelling)
BC: What do you wanna hear, what?
Iha: (makes a noise imitating crowd yelling)
BC: Oh yeah, wait, alright, here's what we'll do...wait, shh, hold on a second.
Iha: Hey man, cool the fuck out!
BC: Alright, do you wanna hear something old? (crowd cheers) Heh. Or do you wanna hear something new? (crowd cheers, but not as loudly) (laughing) Oh man. Pooh -– pooh on the new material.
Iha: “You know, you guys used to be so much better on that first album.”
BC: Okay, we'll do something old. This is a song that me and James -- me and, uh, James sat around and jammed in my bedroom about five years ago...
A few people in crowd: Iha!
BC: ...yeah, Mr. Iha to you, yes. Man, I don't give a fuck about Colorado, okay?
Bury Me
BC: Bless your hearts.
[encore break]
Iha: Thank you.
BC: (muffled, Iha impression?) Very much, I really appreciate it and uh, this is the really greatest concert I've ever been to and [unintelligible as he and Iha talk over each other].
Iha: (muffled) [unintelligible]. [unintelligible]. San Francisco, you’re rocking me so hard, I’ve got a goiter problem, this is, uh, making a lot of hairballs and uh....
(Billy or a tape is making guitar noises that sound like a harmonica and become part of Silverfuck intro)
Iha: Psychedelic, man.
Silverfuck / Over the Rainbow / Living After Midnight
> Sweet Sweet (BC with guitar, accompaniment by Iha on guitar and then effects)
BC: Ladies and gentlemen, Mr James Iha! Bless you, love you, (blows kiss), hope you don't die soon, enjoy your lives, I don't know what else to say.