The Smashing Pumpkins 1997-02-01

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February 1, 1997 – Charlotte, NC, US
Live performance by The Smashing Pumpkins
Infinite Sadness tour
DateFebruary 1, 1997
VenueCharlotte Coliseum
Coordinates35°11′11″N 80°54′46″W
LocationCharlotte, NC, US
Venue typeArena
PersonnelBilly Corgan, James Iha, D'arcy Wretzky, Matt Walker, Dennis Flemion, Jimmy Flemion
Order of bandsFountains of Wayne, The Smashing Pumpkins

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. "Rocket
  7. "Zero
  8. "Fuck You
  9. "Porcelina of the Vast Oceans
  10. "1979
  11. "Thirty-Three(acoustic) 
  12. "Bullet with Butterfly Wings
  13. "Muzzle
  14. "Disarm
  15. "Thru the Eyes of Ruby

Encore one[edit | edit source]

  1. "Drown" [5:46] 
    1. "Hummer(tease) 
  2. "Sweet Home Alabama" [Lynyrd Skynyrd(tease) 
    1. "Foxy Lady" [Jimi Hendrix(tease) 
    2. "Siva" [10:30] 
    3. "Spiders(tease) 

Encore two[edit | edit source]

  1. "X.Y.U.

Encore three[edit | edit source]

  1. "Silverfuck" [39:58] 
    1. "The Aeroplane Flies High (Turns Left, Looks Right)(tease) (clips) 
    2. "Space Jam
    3. "Worms(tease) 

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • "1979" with Jimmy Flemion
  • Taped intro to "Thru the Eyes of Ruby" fails, prompting Billy Corgan and James Iha to act it out, although neither of them remembers the words correctly

Banter[edit | edit source]

Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness Intro
Tonight, Tonight
> Cherub Rock
> Where Boys Fear to Tread
BC: Thank you and good evening, everybody.
Iha: Hello!
BC: (deep voice) Hello.
Iha: (Mexican voice) Hello. (normal) Heh. How are you?
BC: We’d now like to play an old song for you, this is called Rhinoceros.
(Billy improvs some blues riffs)
Iha: Oh yeah!
Fuck You
Porcelina of the Vast Oceans
Iha: Gracias. Gracias, thank you very much. Ladies and gentlemen, we would like to bring a very special guest to the stage. He’s come all the way from Milwaukee, ladies and gentlemen, of The Frogs, please welcome Jimmy Frog. (explosion sound effect with a few kick drum hits) Jimmy is an artiste and a man of many colors and he will lead us in this next song, dancing to victory.
BC: What’s the matter, you don’t want anyone to dance tonight?
Iha: They could dance...if you wanna. Does anybody want to dance? Perhaps Jimmy Frog could pick a few dancers. Jimmy, pick a small group of people, men and women. Don’t pick all girls, pick a few dudes too. And now, we resort to arena rock cliches of picking people to dance. Matt, give us a BPM beat. (Matt starts a disco beat and Dennis Frog plays over top) Come on, people, it’s time for Jimmy Frog to pick a dancer. If you wanna be that dancer, put your hands in the air. “Come on, pick me! I wanna be a dancer!” I don’t care where you’re from, Jimmy, pick those dancers. Yeah, kick that ambient groove we got goin’ on. Oh, there’s another dancer, who shall it be? Jimmy, you gotta pick a dude too, not all girls. Who shall be the dancer? (Matt and Dennis stop) Alright, rock steady. Come on up. Bring our dancers with. I can see they’re all very excited about this. Alright, calm down. ... Jimmy, are you done picking? Bring ‘em up. Jimmy.
BC: Of course, this is where this show comes to a screeching halt but um, all for the sake of entertainment, yes, I know.
Iha: Jimmy, come on up.
BC: Now remember, if you don’t like the dancers, they’re from your hometown, it’s your own damn fault.
Iha: I believe we have our dancers.
BC: Please try to, uh....
Iha: Move along.
BC: Try not to crowd around Miss Wretzky.
Iha: [2 unintelligible words].
BC: Now, for those of you who don’t know, we used to do this for a while and then the people who were dancing got really horribly bad at dancing.
Iha: They got stupid.
BC: So we decided to discontinue it. But only recently in a moment of inspiration have we reinstated the dancing. I know this probably doesn’t mean much to you, but it means a lot to the dancers because if they don’t dance well, well, I guess they’ll ruin it for everyone once again.
Iha: This could be--
BC: So....
Iha: This could be the last song.
BC: This could be the last time once again. James, would you like to tell everyone the rules?
Iha: Two rules for our dancers on stage. Listen up, dancers. Do not touch us, do not touch our shit. Okay. Now, let’s dance.
(BC over held last chord: Ladies and gentlemen, Jimmy Frog.)
Iha: Alright. Alright. Let’s have a round of applause for Jimmy Frog and the dancers on stage. It seemed to be a fine effort on everyone’s part. And now, perhaps that shocked you. It was quite shocking to me but what can we do but carry on with the rock show?
BC: Thank you very much. ... (plays a chord) We already played that song, sorry. (Southern accent) So is everyone doin’ alright on a Saturday night? How y’all doin’?!
Iha: Ow!
BC: Woo!
Iha: Ohh.
BC: You know, we drank a fuckin’ bunch of Jack before we came out and we’re ready to rock.
Iha: Yeah, we--we really got shitfaced.
BC: Before we get back to the rockin’...
Iha: Just kidding.
BC: ...we’d like to bring you down just a little bit, just a little bit back down Earth.
Iha: Ow!
BC: This is called Thirty-three.
Thirty-three (acoustic)
Circus tape
> Bullet with Butterfly Wings
Iha: Merci. Merci, thank you very much again. You guys have been quite superb. We’ve...we’ve kept your attention with the rock and we’re thankful of it. And now, pray tell you ask, what more could we give to you except...(high pitched) the doctor?! Come on, Matt! (normal) I’m sorry, heh.
BC: We were thinkin’ about making Matt play a drum solo tonight.
Iha: Does everybody wanna hear Matt play a drum solo?
(Matt solos for 12 seconds, Iha is talking over him about 7 seconds in)
Iha: Alright, alright, alright.
BC: That goes out....
Iha: Heh.
BC: That goes out to those of you who think that Matt Walker is no Jimmy Chamberlin. And you know what I have to say to that? Matt Walker is not Jimmy Chamberlin, Matt Walker is Matt fuckin’ “Cosmo” Walker.
Iha: Alriiight!! Put them....!!
BC: Now Matt, heh heh heh, now you know if you make a mistake in this next song, you’re gonna look real bad.
Iha: Heh, we’re gonna have to fire you.
BC: For that big introduction. So we hope you like this next song, it features the scintillating sounds...
Iha: ...of Matt “Cosmo” Walker.
Planet of the Apes clip (badly skipping)
BC: Well, it’s almost the end of the tour and you can see, we’ve just about got it right. Heh, great.
Iha: Right.
Planet of the Apes clip (abandoned after first 2 fanfare notes)
Iha: Haha! Alright, this next song is called Ruby.
BC: Now I s--I say you enact the whole entire Ape beginning ‘cause I don’t want anyone shortchanged.
Iha: Alright, well, that was an excerpt from Planet of the Apes but it got--it got kind of cut off. So he’s, he’s writhing in the ropes, he’s “(grunts)” and he’s grimacing and the apes.... What is--the first ape says...what, uh...
BC: “We need to take that ape to jail” and the other ape says “No, he’s in my custody” and they say “Not anymore.”
Iha: (British accent) “He’s in my custody!” (normal) And then he turns and you see his face really small....
BC: Charlton Heston.
Iha: You wanna do the line?
BC: (Heston imitation) “Take your filthy ape paws off of me.”
Iha: Yes, okay, let’s rock.
Thru the Eyes of Ruby
[encore break]
Iha: Uh, thanks.
> Hummer (tease)
Siva (with Sweet Home Alabama and Foxy Lady teases in intro)
> Spiders (tease)
[encore break]
Iha: Alriiight. Again, we’d like to thank you very much for coming tonight and being a completely superb crowd. We commend you. Especially everybody over to the sides, right and left, we thank you for coming. And all the way in the back, of course. We appreciate your fortitude and stamina for the rock. And now....
BC: Are you sure you can handle us pummeling your brains one more time?
Iha: (screams) That wasn’t me.
BC: I don’t wanna hear any complaints about ear damage. “Long, redundant jamming,” I don’t wanna hear any of this shit.
Iha: I don’t know, maybe we’re just -
BC: By the way, I don’t know if anybody saw that article in Creative Loafing about me whining. Did anyone see that article...besides me? Well, if you get a chance to read it, it’s the most stupid bunch of shit I ever read. Basically, what the woman says is that we’ve made a career out of making depressing music and uh...which of course is a bunch of bullshit. You all don’t look too depressed to me if you know what I’m sayin’. So if I could ask you for one favor, one favor, one favor at all, please write Creative Loafing and tell that woman how stupid she is? That’s all. After she gets about 500 letters, she’s gonna realize that when she talks bad about us, she also talks bad about you. ‘Cause basically what she’s implying is that you’re stupid for listening to our music, which I think is pretty insulting to you. Besides the fact that she implies that I’m stupid, which of course I am not. Because if I was stupid, I would be writing for Creative Loafing.
[encore break]
Silverfuck / The Aeroplane Flies High (clips) / Space Jam / Worms

and i hear your winter
and i hear your rain
and i gave my life away
and i feel no pain

i feel no pain

and i hear you fade away
and i hear you crawl
and i gave my life away
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

she was my lover
she was my angel
what i recover
i put into a box underneath my bed
i put it all in a box underneath my bed
yeah i put her in a box underneath my bed
yeah what about it

and no matter how far i push that box down
i can still hear the things she said
what might those be you say
well I'll tell you
she said bill
you're a whore and you always were
my mother swore i never should have let you in our house
and i hate you and i always did
i just did a real good job of pretending
oh yeah by the way i don't even like your first record
siamese dream

to these things i reply
baby why?
ex why?
why must you make me cry
why the girls make the boys cry

so we decided to go for a ride
for the end had come
and we drove as far as the eye could see
to the dirt of her garden sorrow
whereupon i handed this girl a poison apple for her to eat
and sleep the eternal sleep
it was my final act of restless devotion
attentive affections
and persecuted purgery of her person
yet another american tragedy come to full fruition

for the time had come
and the deed was done
and i watch her chew that poison apple
with the same lips
and teeth
and tongue that had once grace my mouth
and it was over
just where it had started
because the end was the beginning was the end was the beginning was the end
is the beginning is the end is the beginning

baby my baby
so where rest you now?

baby my baby
she's lost
she is lost
she is lost
she is lost
she's lost
she's lost
she's lost

in the clouds

and i hiss her name through the ethers
cause we were together again
we've always been lovers
we just couldn't be friends

fucking whore
fucking whore
fucking whore
fucking whore
fucking whore
fucking whore
that's right she was a fucking whore





baby baby baby you got a lot to learn
daddy's gonna drive you to school to learn
daddy's want to grow up like a big girl
in your pigtails and in your curls yeah

you gotta
you gotta fuck it up
you gotta bring me down
you gotta suck it in

baby baby baby just where you've been
down in a hole daddy in some sin-ful situations
just like you wanted
just like [unintelligible]
daddy love every little girl [unintelligible]

you gotta
you gotta fuck me up
you gotta suck me in
you gotta bring me down

hey are you still with me
alright all the fucking posers have left
gone back to scurry back in their mtv holes
hey it's just you and me and us and them
well be a victim yellin' again [unintelligible]
come on
come on

i won't forget you
i won't forget you
i won't forget you
i won't forget you
we won't forget you
we won't forget you
we won't forget you forever
for as long as we live
we won't forget you
we won't forget you

yeah yeah
we got the power
we got the power
we got the power
and no one will fucking take it away
we got the power
we got the power
and no one will take it away
we got the power
we got the power
and don't you fucking forget it

(Iha at approx 30:00: Hello? Hello? Hello? Hello, hello? Hello? Hey, everybody, thank you very much. We are very glad to be here tonight. We are glad you could see the spaceship, tag along our odyssey of space toys. We're better than Phish, we can jam better than Phish...if you ever doubted it. Ahhhh! (Billy solos) Oh yeah. Give it to me one more time! Ahhhhhhh! Yeah! This is what happens when we don't have any songs, we just...unfortunately we just jam. So goodnight! Goodnight to one and all, thank you very much, you were great.)
(BC at 34:36: Thanks, go home.)
(BC at 36:17: I thought I said go home. Bye! God bless you, thank you.)