The Smashing Pumpkins 1997-01-21

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January 21, 1997 – Carbondale, IL, US
Live performance by The Smashing Pumpkins
Infinite Sadness tour
DateJanuary 21, 1997
VenueSIU Arena
Coordinates37°42′30″N 89°13′7″W
LocationCarbondale, IL, US
Venue typeArena
PersonnelBilly Corgan, James Iha, D'arcy Wretzky, Matt Walker, Dennis Flemion, Jimmy Flemion
Order of bandsFountains of Wayne, The Smashing Pumpkins
Full performance (AMT #1 audio)

Setlist[edit | edit source]

  1. "Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness" (prerecorded) 
  2. "Tonight, Tonight
  3. "Cherub Rock
  4. "Where Boys Fear to Tread
  5. "Rhinoceros
  6. "Zero
  7. "Fuck You
  8. "Porcelina of the Vast Oceans
    1. "Rocket(tease) 
  9. "1979
  10. "Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)" [The Beatles(tease) (acoustic) 
  11. (acoustic improv)
  12. "Thirty-Three(acoustic) 
  13. "Bullet with Butterfly Wings
  14. "Muzzle
  15. "Disarm
  16. "Thru the Eyes of Ruby

Encore one[edit | edit source]

  1. "X.Y.U.

Encore two[edit | edit source]

  1. "Drown" [5:55] 
    1. "Hummer(tease) 
  2. "Siva" [10:29] 
    1. "The Great White Buffalo" [Ted Nugent(tease) 
    2. "Spiders(tease) 

Notes[edit | edit source]

Banter[edit | edit source]

Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness Intro
Tonight, Tonight
> Cherub Rock
> Where Boys Fear to Tread
BC: Hi, thank you. We are the Smashing Pumpkins. Very nice to see you everybody, hi.
Iha: Yo.
BC: Actually, um...we’ve kinda started a new thing where we just come out and play about three songs and we just stop and just...
Iha: Goodnight!
BC: ...just stand here, goodnight, thank you.
Iha: Goodnight.
BC: We charge about eight dollars and 25 cents a song. ... We'd like to send this love song out to all you sinners out there. We certainly realize that if you're going to this university, you are a sinner.
Fuck You
Porcelina of the Vast Oceans / Rocket
Iha: Thank you. Uh, that was Porcelina and uh, now we'd like to bring a very special guest to the stage--no light cues necessary yet. Um, ladies and gentlemen, all the way from Milwaukee, would you please put your hands together, of the Frogs, Jimmy Frog! Yes, yes. We are in quite a thrall with Jimmy Frog, Jimmy, a few words for the audience? Okay, Jimmy's not speaking but he will lead us in this next number, let's all dance, shall we?
1979 (with Jimmy Flemion)
(BC over big ending: Ladies and gentlemen, Jimmy Frog.)
Iha: Oh! Jimmy Frog, everybody, Jimmy Frog. Let's just put our hands together for Jimmy Frog again.
Norwegian Wood (tease) (acoustic)
BC: “Freebird,” now there’s a novel comment for 1997.
improv (acoustic)
BC: Yes, tomorrow is just an excuse away.
Thirty-three (acoustic)
Circus tape
> Bullet with Butterfly Wings
(BC during the pause before interlude: Now I wanna--I wanna know who let that rat out of his cage. He obviously isn’t aware of the warning that if you get up on this stage, we will hit you over the head with our guitars. (singing) Despite all my rage...)
Iha: Thank you, thank you very much. We apologize for that strange intermission, that was actually one of our road crew, we pay him every night to come ons--come up on stage and then he gets beat down, we pay him a little to do that. Supposed to bring a little bit of spontaneity to the concert. We're glad you enjoyed that part of the show. Are you still with us, are you still of the mind? Has anyone ever seen that Star Trek episode where they're on this strange planet and they keep asking everybody "Are you of the mind?" and they say “Yes, I am of Landru,” 'cause Landru is the president, so when I ask you if you are of the mind, you say "I am of the Smashing Pumpkins." So let's board the spaceship and have a heck of a time.
BC: But you didn't--you didn’t ask them if they are of the mind?
Iha: Uhh....
D’arcy: That's because it's the body.
Iha: The what? ‘Cause why?
D’arcy: “Are you of the body?”
BC: D'arcy is our resident Star Trek...
Iha: What?!
BC: ...slash, wait, hold on! D'arcy is our resident...
D’arcy: James is just an impostor...
BC: ...Star Trek slash X-Files expert.
D’arcy: ...he doesn't know anything about Star Trek. Soooo, I guess the question is “Are you of the body?” Okay.
Iha: I knew--I knew that, I just thought that sounded too sleazy.
BC: Okay, well, we were kidding before, but this is the end of the show, thank you, goodnight.
Iha: Goodnight!
> Planet of the Apes clip
> Thru the Eyes of Ruby
[encore break]
Iha: How are ya?! [unintelligible word], thank you, thank you very much, a very kind audience. Carbondale, are you ready for more rock and roll?
BC: What did you just promise everyone?
Iha: I promised them (whispered) rock and roll.
BC: What?
Iha: Rock and uh, roll.
BC: You didn't promise them what you promised the crowd the other night, did you?
Iha: Uh, skipple? No, I did not promise them skipple--
BC: He told this crowd the other night that not only could everyone come backstage, but that he would give them--you’re gonna find this--he would give them each a personal massage. I thought he was making another one of those wild Iha promises.
Iha: Hands--hands of a surgeon.
BC: Like to take this moment to um, thank everyone for coming...very much. We realize it's uh, it's been a mighty long time since our album came out and we appreciate you waiting around for us to come to wherever you are...very much. Of course, we'll never tour again, so this will be the last time you’ll ever get to see us, so we hope you appreciate it.
Iha: People--people that do get backstage, instead of a massage: microwave popcorn.
BC: James, would you like to introduce this next selection?
Iha: Yes, it rock and roll or is it just the regular introduction?
BC: Oh, you get the lights and everything.
Iha: Yeah. Alright, um, has anybody read Dante's Inferno? [unintelligible word]? Anybody read Beowulf?
BC: Yep.
Iha: I know I have, of course. Imagine a room, fiery pillars...[unintelligible word] waving hello, you know, with pitchforks. That's what this next song's about. Ladies and gentlemen, I want you to fucking rock on this next song, it's called X.Y.U.!
[encore break]
Iha: Thank you very much, thank you very much, you are a great audience. I almost broke into a Catskills joke there for a second...about my uncle with a weak back who will tell you about a week...back. Heh. Now we're gonna continue on with the concert, thank you very much. Perhaps some of you weren’t there for all those fine jokes in the Catskills back then.
> Hummer (tease)
BC: Thank you so much. Wow, we can tell you're getting good and bored now, so we're gonna quit after this song, thank you very much. Have a good night, have a good week, have a good month, have a good year. It's all very prog rock after this point, so you may want to leave if you're afraid of the metal.
Siva / The Great White Buffalo / Spiders
(BC towards end: (high pitched) Thank you, goodnight!)