The Smashing Pumpkins 1996-09-08

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September 8, 1996 – Providence, RI, US
Live performance by The Smashing Pumpkins
Infinite Sadness tour
DateSeptember 8, 1996
VenueProvidence Civic Center
Coordinates41°49′25″N 71°25′6″W
LocationProvidence, RI, 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. "Cherub Rock
  5. "Lily (My One and Only)(tease) 
  6. "To Forgive
  7. "Tonight, Tonight
  8. "Today
  9. "Thru the Eyes of Ruby
  10. "Siva" [7:07] 
  11. "The End" [The Doors(tease) (acoustic) 
  12. "Disarm(acoustic) 
  13. "Bullet with Butterfly Wings
  14. "Fuck You
  15. "Porcelina of the Vast Oceans
    1. "Rocket(tease) 

Encore one[edit | edit source]

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

Encore two[edit | edit source]

  1. "1979
  2. "Muzzle

Encore three[edit | edit source]

  1. "Bodies(abandoned) 
  2. "Bodies
  3. "Silverfuck" [18:28] 
    1. "Dose" [Filter(tease) 

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • Show is stopped for five minutes after "Cherub Rock" due to the crowd throwing chairs
  • "1979" with Jimmy Flemion

Banter[edit | edit source]

Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness Intro
> Where Boys Fear to Tread
> Zero
Cherub Rock
D’arcy: What...are you planning on doing with all of those chairs? We’re not gonna finish, we’re gonna play any more...until you guys chill out.
BC: Hey, put the house lights up. Put the house lights up, Sammy. Put the lights up. Alright.
D’arcy: All fun until someone loses an eye.
BC: Well, if you’re gonna take out all the chairs, let’s all do it peacefully. Okay? Relax.
Iha: Alright, now--
BC: Every -- anybody who wants to get out can get out, you know, the whole bit.
Iha: You can just pass them to the left or to the right. If it takes too long, it’s gonna knock somebody over the head if you, like, throwing it all the way back, so just to the left or to the right or something. Is everybody okay? Okay, well, don’t kill anybody with those fuckin’ chairs.
BC: Anybody who needs to get out, let somebody know, we’ll get you out. We don’t want anyone hurt, trapped, anything like that. Nice and mellow, relax, have fun, you know, the whole bit.
Iha: Alright.
BC: So obviously, we’re just going to talk through this portion, so how is everybody?
Iha: Rhode Island.
BC: See, you motherfuckers are all crazy from breathing all that sea air all the time. Sorry, it’s just a Midwestern joke, you know.
Iha: um um. So, as a footnote, Matt Walker, our new drummer, um...his parents met up here at Brown University. They fell in love and now we have him on our drum throne tonight. So this is for everybody at Brown University.
Lily (tease - about 20 seconds instrumental)
BC: Alright, I’m gonna say one thing though, okay? See all these dumb fuckers up here?
Iha: There’s no music even going on right there.
BC: Okay, let me tell you something. Number one, this fuckin’ shit is stupid, we’re tired of it. Number two, they can’t do this if you won’t let them because they need somebody to hold their fuckin’ sorry asses up. So don’t let them and that’s the end of the shit. We all have seen the Pearl Jam videos, it’s a little old, it’s gettin’ a little tired, so we’re just gonna give this old shit up, right? It’s motherfuckin’ 1996, we’re kickin’ it new style, everyone’s gonna have a good time, be safe, have fun. It’s a whole new trend, dig it. All that negative shit’s over with.
Iha: Now -- and now we’re positive, we’re optimistic. Heh. Bill Clinton says hope is back, but I don’t know, we’re not that optimistic. Okay, all of the chairs gone, we ready to rock again? Okay. Alright.
BC: Alright, yeah, check this out. Just to con -- put those lights up again, Sammy, please. Alright, we want everyone to be safe, we want no more fuckin’ problems this year, we’ve had enough as you well know. But check it out, any of you fuckers comin’ over, you’re gonna get tossed. So don’t even bother. We want everybody to be safe, happy. I’m tellin’ you, you come over the wall, you’re out, concert’s over, so have a good time, just chill out, enjoy the concert. And now we’re gonna play one of those heavy metal songs.
To Forgive
> “Thank you for participating” tape (abandoned - cut after first “thank you” to go right into next song)
> Tonight, Tonight
> Planet of the Apes clip
> Thru the Eyes of Ruby
Iha: Thanks. So, heh heh. There’s a guy upside down. So now we’re gonna try to be really mellow and pastoral and acoustic. Let’s all just focus our minds on the song and not the surfing.
The End (tease - Billy plays the melody while Iha makes machine gun sound and an explosion noise)
Iha: Now, back in Saigon, I fuckin’ hate Saigon.
Disarm (acoustic)
Circus tape
> Bullet with Butterfly Wings
> Fuck You
Porcelina of the Vast Oceans
> Rocket (tease)
[encore break]
Champagne Supernova (tease - Iha sings first few lines acapella)
Iha: (singing) How many of the special people change? How many lives rearranged? Where were you while we were getting...? (speaking) Alright, I was just singin’ a song I just heard on the radio the other day. I just thought you might like to get down with Oasis persona.
D’arcy: James likes Oasis because they wear nice clothes.
Iha: I like Oasis! I’m -- I’m not ashamed to admit it. I’m from the Midwest.
In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida (tease)
Iha: Alright. Alright. Alright, yeah. You wanna play that motherfuckin’ shit, well, I’m gonna give you motherfuckin’ shit. Know what I’m talkin’ about, Rhode Island? Know what I’m sayin’, what’s up? Maxin’ and relaxin’ in Rhode Island. Know what I’m sayin’, you motherfuckers? Come on! Let’s get on down with some primal fantasy! Can I get a witness tonight?! Can I get a motherfuckin’ witness? Let’s see some hands in the air like you just don’t motherfuckin’ care. Yeah! Rhode Island, Providence, put ‘em up. Gimme a shout back, you know what I’m sayin’? Word up. Word to the street. Ladies and gentlemen, tonight is a special night, I know you don’t know that but it’s special in my heart ‘cause I’m in Providence. Put ‘em up, come on! Alright. Over here on the guitar, BC Billy Corgan playin’ In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida. (Billy starts soloing) Yeah, you got those Chicago motherfuckin’ blues, yeah! That’s what he got. Give me Eric Clapton! (Billy stops soloing)
BC: I’d just like to say a special fuck you to that guy over there. Fuck you.
Iha: Yeah! Word up from Chicago! Unh. The mistress of the bass, with black hair tonight, D’arcy D’arcy from Michigan, put ‘em up if you got ‘em. She watches X-Files every night, she loves The X-Files, know what I’m sayin’? Word. Word with Mulder and Scully, I’m down with that wack-ass paranormal shit. Again, on the drums, savin’ our ass, Matt Walker. Well. [unintelligible], I know what you’re up to, you motherfucker. Alright, I just, I’m sorry, I just lost my mind for about two minutes. Don’t worry, we’ll get back to rockin’ any second. But this is just my [unintelligible word], my little corner to talk to you, me to you, what I want, what I’m fit to [2 unintelligible words]. Let’s give it up.
BC: No. (knocks mic over)
[encore break]
D’arcy: James and I, we’re both wearing wigs and it, it’s -- Billy is the only one who’s brave enough to just go au naturel.
Iha: Ladies and gentlemen, to the -- to the left of me--
D’arcy: Hey, hey, hey! Not finished yet.
Iha: What? I’m tryin’ to introduce him, jeez.
D’arcy: Oh, fine, go ahead, I’m not--forget it.
Iha: Alright, alright, okay. I’m sorry. Uh, oh. [2 unintelligible words] out. From Milwaukee, ladies and gentlemen, of the Frogs, Jimmy Frog. Let’s have a nice hand of applause for Jimmy Frog. I know you don’t know him, but he looks like a freak, so let’s give him a hand and a round of applause. Thanks, Jimmy.
1979 (with Jimmy Flemion)
BC: Thanks again. Thanks very much for coming to the concert tonight. Thank you for -- thank you for basically behaving yourselves. Basically. ‘Course you’re gonna end up in the paper tomorrow and we’re gonna look bad, but um, thanks anyway. “Controversial rock band Smashing Pumpkins took to the stage Sunday night to....”
Iha: “Asked everybody to take their chairs out.”
BC: “And beat ‘em over each other’s heads. The Pumpkins, known for their irresponsible behavior, recently won 19 awards at the MTV Video Music Awards. And they urged the crowd to please act like fools, like they do in all their videos. Consequently, the chairs were ripped from the floor and...local officials are planning never having concerts in that arena again because the children acted so irresponsibly. And you know, we all blame it on the Pumpkins,” so congratulations!
Iha: Yes.
BC: You think I’m joking but wait ‘til you see the paper tomorrow. You know, the same thing happened when I went to see the Scorpions in ‘79.
Iha: What happened--what happened there with the Scorps?
D’arcy: That’s what some of the song’s about, man. That’s what the song’s about.
BC: Well, Klaus Meine was like “Come on! Come on!”
Iha: Wait, what song, D’arcy?
BC: Klaus, heh, Klaus Meine.
Iha: Oh, I know.
BC: The singer from the Scorpions.
Iha: No, D’arcy was making some weird joke up.
D’arcy: It’s not important to you, James.
Iha: (scoffs)
BC: Obviously there’s no love lost between these two.
Iha: We’ll talk about this after the show. Gosh darn it.
BC: So...thanks again, be safe, be happy. Don’t fuck each other too much and uh...brush your teeth!
BC: God bless you.
[encore break]
Iha: (makes a noise)
BC: Anybody see that Mike Tyson fight? Fuck, man, I could’ve beat that guy.
Bodies (abandoned - seems like Iha misses the count in after intro feedback)
BC: That’s it, you’re fired, Walker, you’re fired. We’re looking for a new drummer, starting right now. Aw, come back, Matt.
Iha: Come back. We do this to him every night. Alright, sorry, heh. We’re really sorry. Everybody say “Come back, Matt.” Matt, come back. Matt....
BC: One more time.
> Silverfuck / Dose
BC: Now go the fuck home.

Photos and memorabilia[edit | edit source]