The Smashing Pumpkins 1996-12-09

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December 9, 1996 – Anaheim, CA, US
Live performance by The Smashing Pumpkins
Infinite Sadness tour
DateDecember 9, 1996
VenueArrowhead Pond
Coordinates33°48′28″N 117°52′36″W
LocationAnaheim, CA, US
Venue typeArena
PersonnelBilly Corgan, James Iha, D'arcy Wretzky, Matt Walker, Dennis Flemion
Order of bandsGarbage, The Smashing Pumpkins

Rescheduled from August 23, 1996 due to the death of Jonathan Melvoin.

When the band next returned to the venue 26 years later, Billy Corgan reminisced about the show: "And the reason I remember that concert, it was the night my mother died. And we were on stage here and I walked off stage and somebody met me and said, 'Oh, by the way, your mother died while you were on stage.' And then they said, 'Do you wanna play tomorrow?' Heh, heh. Only in rock and roll. “Sorry your mom died. Hey, you wanna do that show tomorrow?” If you wonder why I’m so fucked up, there’s your answer right there."

Setlist[edit | edit source]

  1. "Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness" (prerecorded) 
  2. "Where Boys Fear to Tread
  3. "Zero
  4. "Fuck You
  5. "By Starlight
  6. "Tonight, Tonight
  7. "Today
  8. "Cherub Rock
  9. "Thru the Eyes of Ruby
  10. "Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)" [The Beatles(tease) (acoustic) 
    1. "La Dolly Vita(tease) (acoustic) 
  11. "Thirty-Three(abandoned) (acoustic) 
  12. (blues jam) (acoustic)
  13. "Disarm(acoustic) 
  14. "Bullet with Butterfly Wings
  15. "Muzzle
  16. "Porcelina of the Vast Oceans
    1. "La Dolly Vita(tease) 

Encore one[edit | edit source]

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

Encore two[edit | edit source]

  1. "The Aeroplane Flies High (Turns Left, Looks Right)
  2. "Silverfuck" [25:57] 

Banter[edit | edit source]

Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness Intro
Where Boys Fear to Tread
> Zero
Fuck You
BC: Hello. Thank you very much, good evening.
By Starlight
“Thank you for participating” tape
> Tonight, Tonight
Iha: Good evening.
BC: Thank you.
Iha: Hi. How are things there in the mosh pit? Crazy? Don't uh, don't get too crazy out there in the mosh pit, we don't want anybody hurt. Alright, this next song is uh, dedicated to sunny California. That was a joke ‘cause today is so gray.
> Cherub Rock
> Planet of the Apes clip
> Thru the Eyes of Ruby
BC: Thank you very much.
Norwegian Wood (tease) (acoustic)
> La Dolly Vita (tease) (acoustic)
BC: This is called Thirty-three.
> Thirty-three (abandoned after “Tomorrow's just an excuse away”) (acoustic)
Iha: Hello, hello, please, please stop throwing shit, heh. Please stop throwing shit at us, heh heh. We just wanna rock and roll, we don't want shit thrown at us.
BC: Listen, it's really simple, okay? It's really simple. Anything else comes up on the stage, we stop playing, we want to play, we're having a good time. Don't throw shit at us and if you're standing next to somebody who throws something, you know....
Iha: Beat him. Beat him all over.
BC: No, do not beat them.
Iha: With a large mallet.
BC: So it's really simple. You wanna be the guy -- ‘cause of course it's a guy that's throwing things, women don't throw things. If you wanna be the guy that stops the concert, be my guest, you know, but you're gonna have about 12,000 people really angry at you.
blues jam (acoustic)
(Iha: Come on, [2 of the same unintelligible word], California. [short unintelligible sentence]. Throwin’ stuff at us gives us the blues, yes it does.)
Disarm (acoustic)
> Circus tape
> Bullet with Butterfly Wings
Porcelina of the Vast Oceans / La Dolly Vita
[encore break]
Iha: Hey, thanks, thanks a lot.
In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida (tease)
(Iha: Yeah. So is everybody still with us? Feelin’ okay? Feelin’ groovy? Feelin’ kinda California? Me too. You’re not bored yet, right? We’re not--we’re not being too psychedelic or too funky? There’s one thing I just want you to do for me. I want you to give me some enthusiasm. (Matt solos) Everybody, it’s the drum solo. (Matt solo ends, Billy solo starts) [2 unintelligible words], all that [2 unintelligible words], it just gave him the blues. The Chicago blues. Oh my god! Eric Clapton ain’t got nothin’ on you! So ladies and gentlemen, I just want some enthusiasm right NOW! Come on!!!)
> X.Y.U.
[encore break]
Iha: Sorry about the wait.
The Aeroplane Flies High
> Silverfuck

Photos and memorabilia[edit | edit source]