Spirits in the Sky

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Spirits in the Sky
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Spirits in the Sky poster.
Background information
GenresAlternative rock, psychedelic rock
Years active2009
Associated actsThe Smashing Pumpkins, Jane's Addiction, The Electric Prunes, Strawberry Alarm Clock
MembersKerry Brown
Mike Byrne
Billy Corgan
Kevin Dippold
Dave Navarro
Ysanne Spevack
Linda Strawberry
Mark Tulin
Mark Weitz

Spirits in the Sky is a casual supergroup led by Billy Corgan, frontman of The Smashing Pumpkins. The band convened, initially, in July 2009 to perform at a memorial concert for the late Sky Saxon of The Seeds. The band played three songs - a cover of "Spirit in the Sky" by The Seeds, and a new Smashing Pumpkins song called "Freak". The lineup at that show was Corgan (guitar), Kerry Brown (drums/percussion), Mike Byrne (drums), Kevin Dippold (guitar/vocals), Mark Tulin (bass), and Mark Weitz (keyboards).[1]

In August 2009, the band went on tour, this time adding violinist Ysanne Spevack, singer Linda Strawberry, and Jane's Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro. Dippold switched to primarily playing flute. The band played six shows in California, playing songs Corgan had written for the new Smashing Pumpkins album, Teargarden by Kaleidyscope, as well as covers of songs by The Seeds, Pink Floyd, The Velvet Underground, Jethro Tull, Quicksilver Messenger Service, and others.

In September 2009, work commenced on Teargarden by Kaleidyscope in Chicago, with Corgan joined by Brown, Byrne, Dippold, Spevack, Tulin, and perhaps others. Three of the four songs on the first EP of Teargarden by Kaleidyscope, "Widow Wake My Mind," "A Stitch in Time," and "Astral Planes" were debuted at Spirits in the Sky shows.

In October 2009, a one-off benefit show by a band called Backwards Clock Society, composed of Corgan, Brown, and Tulin, was announced.[2] The performance took place at The Echoplex in Los Angeles on November 8, 2009.[3]

Corgan has said there are demos of Spirits in the Sky songs, but not with the core lineup of musicians, and that rehearsal demos with the full band may exist.[4]

Lineup[edit | edit source]

Shows[edit | edit source]

Poster Date Venue Location Setlist Photos Banter
2009-07-24 Echoplex Los Angeles, CA, US OOjs UI icon check-constructive.svg OOjs UI icon check-constructive.svg
2009-08-24 Kerry Brown's House Los Angeles, CA, US OOjs UI icon check-constructive.svg
2009-08-26 Cellar Door Visalia, CA, US OOjs UI icon check-constructive.svg OOjs UI icon check-constructive.svg OOjs UI icon check-constructive.svg
2009-08-27 Muddy Waters Santa Barbara, CA, US OOjs UI icon check-constructive.svg OOjs UI icon check-constructive.svg OOjs UI icon check-constructive.svg
2009-08-28 Open Long Beach, CA, US OOjs UI icon check-constructive.svg OOjs UI icon check-constructive.svg OOjs UI icon check-constructive.svg
2009-08-29 Pappy & Harriet's Place (Outdoor Stage) Pioneertown, CA, US OOjs UI icon check-constructive.svg OOjs UI icon check-constructive.svg OOjs UI icon check-constructive.svg
2009-08-30 Che Cafe San Diego, CA, US OOjs UI icon check-constructive.svg OOjs UI icon check-constructive.svg OOjs UI icon check-constructive.svg
2009-08-31 The Hotel Cafe Los Angeles, CA, US OOjs UI icon check-constructive.svg OOjs UI icon check-constructive.svg OOjs UI icon check-constructive.svg

Songs performed[edit | edit source]

Song No. shows Cover
Freak 9 (original)
Emerald Green is the Colour 8 (original)
Widow Wake My Mind 8 (original)
The Trip 8 (original)
A Stitch in Time 8 (original)
Can't Seem to Make You Mine 8 The Seeds
Astral Planes 7 (original)
The Fellowship 7 (original)
Circular Change 7 (original)
Lucifer Sam 7 Pink Floyd
Caroline, Yes 6 (original)
West Coast 6 (original)
A Song for a Son 6 (original)
Morning Dew 6 Bonnie Dobson
The Time Has Come 5 Anne Briggs
Femme Fatale 5 The Velvet Underground
A New Day Yesterday 3 Jethro Tull
Long Haired Lady 3 Quicksilver Messenger Service
Willingly 1 Willie Nelson / Shirley Collie
Spirit in the Sky 1 Norman Greenbaum
Wind-Up Toys 1 The Electric Prunes
Femme Fatale 1 Velvet Underground
900 Million People Daily (All Makin' Love) 1 The Seeds
Pushin' Too Hard 1 The Seeds

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Kreps, Daniel; Kreps, Daniel (2009-08-11). "Billy Corgan Announces More Concerts With Spirits In the Sky". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2021-09-09.
  2. "BACKWARDS CLOCK SOCIETY TO HEADLINE BENEFIT SHOW AT THE ECHOPLEX IN LOS ANGELES FOR LAURA MASURA". Press Release. 2009-10-20.
  3. Singh, Amrit. "Backwards Clock Society @ The Echoplex, Los Angeles 11/8/09". Stereogum. Retrieved May 1, 2020.
  4. October 2, 2020 Instagram Q&A