The Smashing Pumpkins 1996-11-06

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November 6, 1996 – Worcester, MA, US
Live performance by The Smashing Pumpkins
Infinite Sadness tour
DateNovember 6, 1996
VenueWorcester Centrum
Coordinates42°15′58″N 71°47′54″W
LocationWorcester, MA, US
Venue typeArena
PersonnelBilly Corgan, James Iha, D'arcy Wretzky, Matt Walker, Dennis Flemion, Jimmy Flemion
Order of bandsGarbage, 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. "Tonight, Tonight
  6. "Today
  7. "By Starlight
  8. "Thru the Eyes of Ruby
  9. "Fuck You
  10. "Drown" [6:04] 
    1. "Hummer(tease) 
  11. "Disarm(acoustic) 
  12. "Bullet with Butterfly Wings
  13. "X.Y.U.

Encore one[edit | edit source]

  1. "Porcelina of the Vast Oceans
    1. "Rocket(tease) 

Encore two[edit | edit source]

  1. "1979
  2. "Silverfuck" [27:40] 
    1. "The Aeroplane Flies High (Turns Left, Looks Right)(tease) (clips) 
    2. "Dose" [Filter(tease) 

Notes[edit | edit source]

Banter[edit | edit source]

Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness Intro
> Where Boys Fear to Tread
> Zero
Cherub Rock
“Thank you for participating” tape
> Tonight, Tonight
BC: Hi, thanks a lot. Good evening, we are the Smashing Pumpkins. Thank you very much for coming to our rock-a-concert tonight. We hope you have a nice-a rock and roll-a time.
Iha: So who uh--I haven’t really watched the elections but is Ross Perot the president? I haven’t, I haven’t heard anything about this so I think tomorrow is [unintelligible].
BC: No, they actually elected Teddy Kennedy.
Iha: Ted Kennedy. Well....
BC: And he wasn’t even running, it was--he got in on a write-in.
Iha: Oh, I see. Well, that’s good.
By Starlight
> Planet of the Apes clip
> Thru the Eyes of Ruby
> Fuck You
(BC alt lyrics: ...and coil my tongue around a bumblebee mouth. And break her jellybean back. And crack her stupid stomach. And pray for rain on a sunny day. Forget about you, heh heh, yeah. And I give it all back to you...)
BC: Now as you can see, we don’t talk much. We have resisted the lure of arena rock sing alongs and chant alongs. All in the name of music. We hope you’re having a good time as we take you through the recesses of our mind. Famous crowd lighting.
Iha: Well, this next song goes all the way--all the way back to the beginning of grunge. This one’s from a soundtrack.
BC: Long live grunge.
Iha: Long live grunge and vocal lighting.
BC: Is everybody alright out there?
Iha: [unintelligible] Worcester? What, how do you say it? Worcester, Worcester. I have a speech impediment.
BC: Oh, there’s an intelligent sign.
Iha: What does that say?
BC: It says, “Smile, Billy, somebody loves you.”
Iha: Right on!
BC: Well, anybody who would make a sign like that for me obviously doesn’t love me, so thanks anyway.
> Hummer (tease)
Disarm (acoustic)
Circus tape
> Bullet with Butterfly Wings
[encore break]
BC: Thank you very much.
Porcelina of the Vast Oceans
> Rocket (tease)
[encore break]
Iha: Thank you, thank you. I hope we haven’t been too psychedelic for you. Our last bit of a--we’ve lifted off to Mars. But now that we’ve been psychedelic and partied, now it’s time for SHOW BUSINESS, come on! Ladies and gentlemen, all the way from Milwaukee, of The Frogs, Jimmy Frog! Hey, Jimmy Frog. Thank you. And on the keyboards, ladies and gentlemen, of The Frogs, his brother, Dennis Frog! Dennis Frog, everybody, Dennis fucking Frog. Alright! And now, waiting extremely long, on the drum kit, landing right there in the pocket, Matt “Cosmo” Walker! A young man, he still has yet to finish his high school degree but then again, I’m 39, pretty old to run.
BC: Now it’s time to continue a new tradition.
Iha: What’s that?
BC: This is the portion of the show where we invite people on stage to dance.
Iha: Yes! Audience participation.
BC: Yes, it’s part of our audience rock assimilation program. You will be asked to dance and you will enjoy it.
Iha: If you don’t enjoy it....
BC: Jimmy shall choose the dancers. Jimmy, choose away.
Iha: Choose those dancers, Jimmy! (Matt starts a disco beat) Oh yeah! I want those [unintelligible word] in the air, I can’t see those hands. Don’t push, you guys, [unintelligible] in the motherfuckin’ air! Let them through [unintelligible] as a dancer. Just forgone people, that’s right. Come on! Let me hear some [unintelligible] ourselves! Oh my god.
BC: Who shall dance? Who shall dance?
Iha: Who shall be the dancer?
BC: Alright Walker, kick me a different beat here. (Matt switches to a hip hop beat) Alright.
Iha: Aw yeah! Oh no. No. [unintelligible] separate, definitely no, alright.
BC: A change is gonna come, you dig?
Iha: Oh yeah, oh yeah. Here comes Jimmy with the rest of our dancers. Let’s see who they are and how well they can dance. Wow, wow.
BC: Heh.
Iha: Hang on a second [unintelligible].
BC: Yeah, hold on, hold on with the.... How ‘bout a little dub kind of beat there? (Matt changes the beat again) Who shall dance? Yes, it bogs the show down but it boggles the mind.
Iha: Jimmy, you have to pick a dude now.
(Matt stops)
BC: Now it’s time to meet the dancers. Hi. Who are you and where are you from?
Girl #1: Christine from [unintelligible].
BC: That’s where all the witches and shit are from, right? Heh heh. Young lady, young lady, who are you and where are you from?
Girl #2: Michelle Nicci from Worcester, Massachusetts.
BC: Hi. Who are you and where are you from?
Girl #3: I’m Debbie Glassband from Lincoln, Rhode Island.
BC: (shocked tone) Rhode Island? (normal) Who are you and where are you from?
Guy #1: Dave [unintelligible], Lowell, Mass.
BC: He’s got his posse over there, I believe. Who are you and where are you from?
Girl #4: Katie from [unintelligible].
Iha: Alright.
BC: Okay, James will tell the dancers the rules and we will commence with the dancing.
Iha: Alright. There are two rules. There are two rules for all the dancers here on stage. Don’t touch us and don’t touch our shit. I hate to be frank but that’s the way it must be. So now, everybody, let’s get happy and let’s all dance!
1979 (with Jimmy Flemion)
Iha: Let’s have a fine hand for our dancers. Fine. I know that was quite shocking for most of you. I didn’t know quite what to make of it myself. We hope that we haven’t ruined the show now, heh. But we just felt the urge to dance and though it came out just like that, so now we will go back to psychedelic land.
BC: Thanks a lot, I’m sorry I’m a little sick and um, doctor said I shouldn’t even be singing but I didn’t wanna cancel the show, I’m sorry. Thank you so much for coming. It’s always nice to see everybody. We hope you had a good time. So, put your space helmets on as we take you down beneath the River Charles to a place you have never been. Come along, won’t you?
Silverfuck / The Aeroplane Flies High (clips) / Dose
(BC at 17:03: I send thoughts and respect and a humble thanks to everyone. Plus I thank every one of you who’s stood and given us all you had to the all of this entire concert. You’ve given us everything that you’ve got and hopefully we gave you everything we had. From my rusty, ratty throat: aaaaah, aaaaahh, (high pitched) aaaaahh, oooooh hah.)
(BC as outro feedback fades: Now, see, all you people left, right, see all those empty seats? Those empty seats are the people that watch MTV, right? You people are our real fans, thank you.)

Photos and memorabilia[edit | edit source]