The Smashing Pumpkins 1996-04-07

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April 7, 1996 – Düsseldorf, DE
Live performance by The Smashing Pumpkins
Infinite Sadness tour
DateApril 7, 1996
FestivalOsterrocknacht festival
Coordinates51°12′23″N 6°48′31″E
LocationDüsseldorf, DE
Venue typeConvention center
PersonnelBilly Corgan, James Iha, D'arcy Wretzky, Jimmy Chamberlin, Jonathan Melvoin
Order of bandsUnwound, The Rentals, Filter, The Walkabouts, Headcrash, Chumbawamba, The Afghan Whigs, Garbage, Cypress Hill, Sonic Youth, The Smashing Pumpkins

The annual Osterrocknacht festival. The Smashing Pumpkins' headlining set was broadcast live on German public television channel WDR as part of the Rockpalast TV show. Four songs from this show ("Fuck You", "Muzzle", "Cherub Rock" and "X.Y.U.") appeared on the bonus DVD included with the 2012 Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness reissue.

Full performance

Setlist[edit | edit source]

  1. "Tonight, Tonight
  2. "Zero
  3. "Fuck You
  4. "Today
  5. "To Forgive
  6. "Bullet with Butterfly Wings
  7. "Thru the Eyes of Ruby
  8. "Porcelina of the Vast Oceans
  9. "Disarm(acoustic) 
  10. "Muzzle
  11. "Cherub Rock

Encore[edit | edit source]

  1. "1979
  2. "X.Y.U.
    1. "Paranoid" [Black Sabbath(tease) 

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • The singer of Chumbawamba walked on stage naked during "Fuck You". In a October 4, 2020 Instagram Q&A, Billy Corgan said he regretted "not bashing the fuck out of him" with his guitar.[1]
  • The "Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness" intro was not used at this show

Banter[edit | edit source]

Iha: Hi. Are you still awake?
D’arcy: Hello.
Tonight, Tonight
Fuck You
Iha: We would like to thank the naked man. (laughing) Alright.
D’arcy: Now that's show biz, folks.
Iha: Um...
D’arcy: Doesn't get any more exciting than that.
Iha: The naked man is a genius to show himself. A free man, free of clothes. We salute you, naked man.
BC: Thank you.
To Forgive
> “Welcome to our circle of friends” tape
> Bullet with Butterfly Wings
Iha: Danke.
BC: Hi. We are the Smashing Pumpkins.
Iha: And how are you?
BC: It's very nice to be in your country again. It looks a lot like Illinois, which is where we're from,'s almost like we're at home. Almost.
Iha: That's uh, that’s right.
Thru the Eyes of Ruby
“Thank you for participating” tape
Porcelina of the Vast Oceans
D’arcy: Thank you.
Iha: What? What was that?
Guy in crowd: Don’t like those lights, do you?!
Iha: Heh heh! We do not light the lights, um.... Thanks. Why's everyone so quiet?
Disarm (acoustic)
Iha: Thanks. ... Is everyone having fun? Heh. Reasonably fun? No?
Circus tape
> Cherub Rock
BC: Thank you, you guys are great.
D’arcy: Danke, gute nacht.
Iha: Thank you very much, you've been very kind. Bye.
[encore break]
Iha: Thanks. I'm glad you guys are still here 'cause we're very tired. I know you should be more tired than we are.
BC: Thanks for staying to see us.
Iha: We'd again like to thank the naked man for making an appearance. He's part of our crew. We pay him handsomely, heh heh, to appear. All right, groovy! Here's another song.
BC: Thank you so much. We'd like to play one more song for you. We're just beginning our tour of Germany, so uh, to those of you in TV land, we'll see you soon.
Iha: While we appear on our new sitcom, The Smashing Pumpkins and Their Crazy...Apartment. We'd like to thank the dancing man.
BC: That's the naked man's cousin...Heinz, heh heh heh.
Iha: He's another great friend of ours and we bring him on every tour we can, uh, he follows us around Germany.
D’arcy: Give him a good hand, we paid him a lot of money.
BC: Yeah, but the insurance when those big wrestler guys tackle him, that's tough.
Iha: That's part of the act as well, don't worry, he's not hurt, he's just -- that's part of the show.
BC: How's it go, uh...Deutschland? Deutschland? Yeah? What happened to Rudi, the striker on the World Cup team, that's what I wanna know. Rudi? I saw Rudi in Chicago, he was no good, he -- he couldn't kick anymore. I was at the World Cup and Rudi, he couldn't -- I saw him, I'm sorry.
Iha: Alright, well, we'll just play another song.
D’arcy: We don't know this man, heh.
BC: He has an afro, he's Rudi. Right? Alright. I'm not crazy. We dedicate this song to Rudi the striker.
X.Y.U. / Paranoid
(BC alt lyrics: (singing) And this is how Mary has her ghosts. (band stops) (speaking) And ghosts come in the middle of the night and go boo. (screaming) And in the eyes of the jackal...)

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Billy Corgan, October 4, 2020 Instagram Q&A. Question: "I saw a mcis era show where a guy jumps on stage naked, u remember that at all?". Answer: "Yes and I still regret not bashing the fuck out of him with my guitar. Not very spiritual, I know."