The Smashing Pumpkins 1996-09-07

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September 7, 1996 – Syracuse, NY, US
Live performance by The Smashing Pumpkins
Infinite Sadness tour
DateSeptember 7, 1996
VenueOncenter War Memorial
Coordinates43°2′42″N 76°8′53″W
LocationSyracuse, NY, US
Venue typeArena
PersonnelBilly Corgan, James Iha, D'arcy Wretzky, Matt Walker, Dennis Flemion, Jimmy Flemion
Order of bandsGrant Lee Buffalo, The Smashing Pumpkins

Setlist[edit | edit source]

  1. "Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness" (prerecorded) 
  2. "Where Boys Fear to Tread
  3. "Zero
  4. "Fuck You
  5. "To Forgive
  6. "Tonight, Tonight
  7. "Today
  8. "Thru the Eyes of Ruby
  9. "Siva" [5:47] 
  10. "Disarm(acoustic) 
  11. "Bullet with Butterfly Wings
  12. "Cherub Rock
  13. "Porcelina of the Vast Oceans
    1. "Beautiful(tease) 
    2. "Rocket(tease) 

Encore one[edit | edit source]

  1. "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" [Iron Butterfly(tease) 
  2. (blues jam)
  3. "X.Y.U.

Encore two[edit | edit source]

  1. "1979
  2. "Muzzle

Encore three[edit | edit source]

  1. "Bodies
  2. "Silverfuck" [17:45] 
    1. "Dose" [Filter(tease) 

Notes[edit | edit source]

Banter[edit | edit source]

(parts of transcription may be incorrect due to lower quality of source tape)

Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness Intro
Where Boys Fear to Tread
> Zero
BC: (explosion noise)
Fuck You
To Forgive
Tonight, Tonight
BC: Thank you. Thanks for coming down and out, appreciate it very much. We hope you have a good time.
D’arcy: [3-4 unintelligible words].
BC: Saturday night in Syracuse, uh.... We all know this is the place to be on a Saturday night.
D’arcy: I don’t know if Syracuse is the place to be [1-2 unintelligible words]. Sweaty balls [2-3 unintelligible words].
Iha: Yeah, the Syracuse Red Men.
D’arcy: What’s wrong with you?
Iha: The Red Men, oh yeah.
BC: Orangemen.
Iha: Yup, [1-2 unintelligible words]. Don’t throw [1-2 unintelligible words], we’re just joking. Okay.
BC: It’s that Pumpkin humor that everybody loves so much.
> Planet of the Apes clip
> Thru the Eyes of Ruby
Iha: Hey! That was a [3 unintelligible words]. (Billy is tuning acoustic guitar throughout remainder of Iha talking) That was a very old song, very old song [3 unintelligible words] and um, that’s a new record. I’ll have to bring you one. Now because it is so humid, we have tuning problems. (Billy’s tuning continues)
BC: Excuse me a second.
Iha: Alright. You know, this reminds me of....
BC: I know this seems very unprofessional but it’s pretty standard for us, heh heh, so we’re sorry.
Iha: That whole balcony [unintelligible]. (British accent) Great pile of miss from the Oasis brothers.
Disarm (acoustic)
Circus tape
> Bullet with Butterfly Wings
Cherub Rock
Porcelina of the Vast Oceans / Beautiful / Rocket
BC: Thank you very much.
[encore break]
Iha: So, how is everybody, okay? Uh, someone from our production team earlier told me you’re doing a wave or something like that. All I know is something could light such a big place up.
BC: Yeah, we need some house lights, please.
Iha: I miss the [unintelligible word], it’s stranger than life.
D’arcy: Get a look at this.
Iha: Let’s hear it for [unintelligible].
BC: Alright, time to do the wave, well, we gotta see this.
Iha: So, I’m gonna do a little calisthenics, I want to bow with me, ready? From this side to that side.
BC: That was....
Iha: Ohh!!
BC: [unintelligible]
Iha: That was...uncool, not cool.
BC: That’s disgusting but thank you anyway.
Iha: Thank you, it’s really cool. Alright.
In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida (tease)
Iha: Oh yes, well...on this next song goes out to the people back in 1969, I think you know what I’m talkin’ about. I’m talkin’ about [unintelligible]. We’re kickin’ it [unintelligible] tonight. A dope ass jam, come on, let’s get it on! (high pitched) Come on, you motherfuckers! [unintelligible]! (Matt solo) (normal voice) Ladies and gentlemen, a big hand of applause for Matt “Cosmo” Walker, dope ass! I swear [2-3 unintelligible words] I can’t please everybody. On the bass, bass for your face, Ms. D’arcy Wretzky. Come on! [unintelligible] bass jam. Alright, she’s not [1-2 unintelligible words] jams tonight, so uh... On the vocals and guitar styling, BC, go off, let me see [1-2 unintelligible words]. Yo. Everybody, let’s [2-3 unintelligible words] right now. (Billy begins a blues solo that becomes a blues jam) I want your number [unintelligible word], I want your phone number, [unintelligible]. (Chicago accent) He’s from Chicago, Chicagos.
> blues jam
(BC after 45 seconds of jamming: We’ve been saying we were gonna go in a new direction, you’re seeing it right now [1-2 unintelligible words].)
(after another 45 seconds or so, Iha screams and the crowd follows while the band stops jamming, then the screaming pattern repeats a few times)
BC: What the fuck just happened? We apologize or...we bring you now a little motherfucking cyber metal.
Iha: Alright!
BC: Could we get a little mood lighting for this beginning, please, a little more mood lighting?
Iha: Back it down.
BC: Back it down a little bit.
Iha: Alright.
BC: [unintelligible]? You’re the devil’s dad, you’re with the devil, he says, “Hey, I got a new song for you” and you go, “Oh, let me hear it.” It goes like this.
[encore break]
Iha: Well. Ladies and gentlemen, to the stage, from Milwaukee, of the Frogs, Jimmy Frog. On the keyboards, a la keybo player, Dennis Frog. [2 unintelligible words] for Dennis Frog.
BC: I’d like to do a little reenactment right now.
Iha: Alright, you didn’t tell me about this though.
BC: Heh heh heh heh. Um, I don’t know if you people in the front can see I got this cut over my eye, correct?
Iha: Oh, yeah. So he’s got this cut right over his fucking eye and there’s a little Bandaid -
BC: There I was, there I was kicking it in Syracuse -
Iha: Dope ass jams I must admit.
BC: And this fuckin’ bee, right, so Dennis is gonna be the bee.
Iha: Dennis is the bee.
Dennis Frog: Ah!
BC: No, the bee didn’t bite me, you don’t understand. I was playing guitar.... Heh, I don’t need to get bit, go away, heh. And I was playing guitar and this bee came at me and I tried to hit him with the guitar and I hit myself in the head with the guitar instead.
Iha: What he was thinking?
BC: But then, the horned hat of Satan came into my life.
Iha: Oh.
BC: He said, “Would you like a record contract?”
Iha: This is a biblical story [2-3 unintelligible words as Billy talks over him].
BC: “Would you like a record contract?” You said that to me. And I said, “Where do I sign?” Satan can’t speak but he thinks and he feels.
Jimmy Frog: Thank you very much.
BC: Dramatize everything.
Iha: Alright, and now, I know that didn’t make any sense but that was an...
BC: [unintelligible word] real.
Iha: ...abstract story. That story goes all the way back...five thousand years. Some divine that when the Egyptians who built the pyramids and we just wanted to make an analogy between the Industrial Age and Communication Age and what wheat bread is to the [unintelligible word] man. I think you know what I’m fuckin’ about Syracuse, you’re the first, put it up!
1979 (with Jimmy Flemion)
Iha: Yes, yes, yes. Never the best for the bronze, ladies and gentlemen, Jimmy Frog. Our own [1-2 unintelligible words].
BC: Thanks again for being so great, we appreciate it very much.
Iha: [2-3 unintelligible words] was quite shocking, shocking to your virginal eyes out here in Syracuse, you don’t see much of the type of Jimmy Frog out [unintelligible word] here and we’re...we’re excited and yet we’re very ashamed.
BC: Can you handle one more rock song?
Iha: [4 unintelligible words] how? Oh boy?
BC: I see everyone holding their ears, I don’t know if it means we’re bad or it’s too loud, I don’t know.
Iha: It’s too loud.
BC: I’m sorry even though the dome here sounds like fuckin’ crap but uh, we can’t do much about that, heh heh.
Iha: That was for [unintelligible name].
[encore break]
Iha: We’ll do a couple more. Alright. I must prevent the [unintelligible]...
BC: No, let me.
Iha: ...more talking.
BC: You have talked way too much, that’s it, it’s over.
Iha: Life’s full of that. (Billy starts guitar feedback of Bodies intro) [unintelligible].
> Silverfuck / Dose
Iha: That’s-a lasagna.