The Smashing Pumpkins 1996-09-14

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September 14, 1996 – Toronto, ON, CA
Live performance by The Smashing Pumpkins
Infinite Sadness tour
DateSeptember 14, 1996
VenueMaple Leaf Gardens
Coordinates43°39′44″N 79°22′49″W
LocationToronto, ON, CA
Venue typeArena
PersonnelBilly Corgan, James Iha, D'arcy Wretzky, Matt Walker, Dennis Flemion, Jimmy Flemion, Kerry Brown
Order of bandsGrant Lee Buffalo, The Smashing Pumpkins

The band visits the Toronto Zoo in the afternoon before the show.

Full performance

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. "X.Y.U.
  9. "Mayonaise
  10. "Disarm(acoustic) 
  11. "Bullet with Butterfly Wings
  12. "Cherub Rock
  13. "Thru the Eyes of Ruby

Encore one[edit | edit source]

  1. "Siva" [6:52] 
  2. "Porcelina of the Vast Oceans
    1. "Beautiful(tease) 
    2. "Rocket(tease) 

Encore two[edit | edit source]

  1. "Some Kind of Wonderful" [Grand Funk Railroad(only performance)
  2. "1979
  3. "Muzzle

Encore three[edit | edit source]

  1. "Silverfuck" [23:23] 
    1. "Dose" [Filter(tease) 
    2. "The Aeroplane Flies High (Turns Left, Looks Right)(tease) 

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • "Some Kind of Wonderful" with Jimmy Flemion on lead vocals and Billy Corgan on bass; D'arcy Wretzky is on stage but filming the crowd with a camcorder; Kerry Brown is on stage throwing things into the audience, encouraging crowd participation and contributing a scream at the very end
  • "1979" with Jimmy Flemion; Kerry Brown is on stage filming with a camcorder
  • The Planet of the Apes intro to "X.Y.U." plays without audio

Banter[edit | edit source]

Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness Intro
> Where Boys Fear to Tread
Fuck You
BC: Hi. Thanks. Nice to see you. Nice to play in such a historic building. As you know, uh, we tore ours down, so uh, don’t let ‘em ever tear yours down.
To Forgive
“Thank you for participating” tape
> Tonight, Tonight
Planet of the Apes clip (with no audio)
Iha: Well, that was supposed to say something, that was supposed to be um, him saying “get your damn dirty ape paws off of me,” but um, for whatever reason, we didn’t have any audio. It was very funny if you would have heard it.
BC: Thank you very much. This is uh, I think we have seven or eight shows total in Canada and this is the...the fourth one that we’ve played so far and all the shows have been really wonderful and thank you for such a warm reception.
BC: Thanks again. ... Any requests?
Iha: Anything –- anything with an acoustic guitar though. Uh--
BC: This lady wants to hear Drown.
Iha: We forgot.
BC: But we don’t know that one. Did anybody see us at the zoo? Heh heh. Just wondering.
Disarm (acoustic)
Circus tape
> Bullet with Butterfly Wings
Cherub Rock
Iha: Thank you. On this next song, it will prominently feature our keyboard player, Dennis Frog. Lights, lights, Dennis Frog, give him a big wave.
Thru the Eyes of Ruby
BC: Thank you to [unintelligible].
[encore break]
Iha: Merci, thank you.
Porcelina of the Vast Oceans / Beautiful
> Rocket (tease)
[encore break]
(Billy starts bass line and Matt joins in on drums)
Iha: Alright. Everybody, we have a special guest star tonight. He’s come all the way from Milwaukee and he just flew in, his arms are pretty tired. He’s a good man. We don’t do stadium rock things very often, but right now let’s put those hands together, come on. Special guest here Kerry Brown. All we need is...the singer. It’s been five long years since he’s been on this stage and now he’s gonna make his entrance in a rather green, spectacular style. Ladies and gentlemen, Jimmy Frog.
Some Kind of Wonderful (with Jimmy Flemion)
(Iha towards end: Alright! Freak out!)
Jimmy Frog: That’s it, she’s wonderful, kick it. Alright.
D’arcy: I don’t think so.
BC: I believe...can you hear me? Hello? Hello! I believe that will go down as one of the greatest moments in the history of rock, thank you.
Iha: [2 unintelligible words], ladies and gentlemen, that was a freak out there for a minute.
Jimmy Frog: Bonjour, Toronto. That’s a song we learned on the way to the zoo today. This next song is uh, the biggest hit in Canada by the Pumpkins, it’s called 1979.
1979 (with Jimmy Flemion)
BC: Um, we’d like to do one more song for you if that’s okay.
Iha: Unh!
BC: Once again, thank you for a wonderful concert. We’ve had a really nice time.
Iha: Oh Canada.
BC: You have a lovely city, we met a lot of nice people today, so thank you very much.
BC: God bless you.
[encore break]
Silverfuck / Dose / The Aeroplane Flies High
and i hear your winter
and i hear your rain
and i’ve failed your summer ways
and i feel no pain

i hear you fade away
and i hear you crawl
and i gave my life away
and i feel no pain
and i feel no pain
and i feel no pain
and i feel no pain
and i feel no pain
i feel no pain
i feel no pain
i feel no pain
i feel no pain
i feel no pain
i feel no pain
i feel no pain
i feel no pain
i feel no pain

and she was my lover
she was my angel
what i recover
i put into a box underneath my bed
i put into a box underneath my bed
i put her in a box underneath my bed
i put her in a box and this is what she had to say to me
i hate you and i always did
i just did a good job of pretending
you’re a whore and you always were
because your mother was
i don’t even like your first record: fish

and to all these things i said baby why
oh, baby, why
baby, why must you make me cry
baby, why must you make me cry
baby my baby
where are you now
baby my baby my baby
why must you make me cry

cross the great expanse of life
i gave her everything i had
and she always wanted more, yeah

fuck it all
fuck it all
fuck it all
fuck it all
fuck it all
fuck it all
fuck it all


BC: And there’s no great mystery to this mystery. We know what we know. I’m sure of the psuedonym. Makes my garden grow. ‘Cause everyone’s a bear, a whore, an aeroplane, a mistress, a horse, a cow...a leaf, a tree, a maple leaf, a tree. And...and there is no time like now! Yeah. There has never been a time like now. As we stand on precipice of tomorrow. In our garden summer. And I reach across the great expanse, through the darkness, through the fury of sound. And I lay my ass down. Just another motherfucker in the war.


BC: So I send this message to the savants, the sycophants, the sidemongers, the syphilitic whores...the Sammies, the Sallies, the sinful, the sexual, the sensual, the sumptuous...misguided. We are and have been and will always be the Smashing Pumpkins.


bye bye
bye bye
bye bye
bye bye
bye bye
bye bye!
bye bye

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