The Smashing Pumpkins 1998-05-16

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May 16, 1998 – Genova, IT
Live performance by The Smashing Pumpkins
Adore tour
DateMay 16, 1998
VenuePiazza Delle Feste
Coordinates44°24′33″N 8°55′36″E
LocationGenova, IT
Venue typeBoat
PersonnelBilly Corgan, James Iha, D'arcy Wretzky, Kenny Aronoff, Mike Garson, Dan Morris, Stephen Hodges

Before the show, the band was interviewed for Italian television. The concert took place on a boat docked at Genova's Porto Antico. Tickets cost $25 U.S. and were being scalped for three times that. 2,500 tickets were available and sold out in less than 12 hours.

pre-show interview

Setlist[edit | edit source]

Soundcheck[edit | edit source]

  1. "For Martha
  2. "For Martha(abandoned) 
  3. "Pug
  4. "Perfect
  5. "Perfect(abandoned) 
  6. "Appels + Oranjes

Set[edit | edit source]

  1. "To Sheila
  2. "Tear" [7:42] 
  3. "Once Upon a Time
  4. "Crestfallen
  5. "Pug(live debut)
  6. "Daphne Descends
  7. "Let Me Give the World to You
  8. "Tonight, Tonight(acoustic) 
  9. "Appels + Oranjes(acoustic) (live debut)
  10. (percussion solo)
    1. "Space Jam(tease) 
    2. "Bullet with Butterfly Wings" [10:00] 
  11. "Shame" [7:37] 
  12. "Rock You Like a Hurricane" [Scorpions(tease) 
  13. "1979
  14. "Ava Adore
  15. "For Martha" [12:29] (live debut)

Encore[edit | edit source]

  1. "Thru the Eyes of Ruby" [11:13] 

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • At the end of "Thru the Eyes of Ruby", Billy lifted Iha onto his shoulders while Iha finished the song

Banter[edit | edit source]

To Sheila
D’arcy: Hello. It's very nice to be here in your city...for the very first time, it's very beautiful and you're a very nice audience, thank you.
Once Upon a Time
> Crestfallen
BC: Thank you, good evening, hi. Buena sera! Thank you so much for coming tonight, it's wonderful to see you. Tonight we're mostly playing - I'll speak really slowly, (speaks really slowly) tonight we're mostly playing songs from our new album...which is titled Go, Ferrari, Go. No no, it's called Adore. This is a little song called Pug, P-U-G, Pug.
Daphne Descends
Let Me Give the World to You
BC: Thank you so much. (Billy and Iha soundcheck their guitars) Okay. (Italian accent) What is this-a feedback shit? (normal voice) Heh heh, you ready over there?
Iha: Oh yeah.
BC: Hey uh, the low mids are really bad on this. On the vocal mostly. Okay, this next song, we know that you know it. It's a beautiful night, thank god. So simultaneously, we dedicate this song to you...but at the same time we want you to dedicate it back to us. Capisce?!
Tonight, Tonight (acoustic)
BC: God bless you, thank you.
Appels + Oranjes (acoustic)
> drum/percussion solo
> Bullet with Butterfly Wings (tease)
> Space Jam (tease)
> Bullet with Butterfly Wings
BC: I'm gettin' old, I can't quite scream like that anymore, but sorry but I tried.
BC: We'd like to now take you back to a simpler time in our life (trails off laughing). Like to take you back all the way to 1976. No no no, 1976. Hit it, James, 1976.
Rock You Like a Hurricane (tease - about 8 notes)
> Ava Adore
(D’arcy immediately after song starts: Thank you, grazie.)
For Martha
D’arcy: Grazie.
[encore break]
Thru the Eyes of Ruby
(BC at 8:34: We thank you so much, Genoa. God bless you, thank you, goodnight.)

Photos and memorabilia[edit | edit source]