The Smashing Pumpkins 1988-10-05

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October 5, 1988 – Chicago, IL, US
1988.10.05 - Metro, Chicago.jpg
Live performance by The Smashing Pumpkins
ArtistThe Smashing Pumpkins
DateOctober 5, 1988
VenueCabaret Metro
Coordinates41°56′59″N 87°39′40″W
LocationChicago, IL, US
Venue typeClub
PersonnelBilly Corgan, James Iha, D'arcy Wretzky, Jimmy Chamberlin
Order of bandsOctober's Child, Love and Addiction, The Smashing Pumpkins

The Smashing Pumpkins' first show with the full lineup. The full performance was recorded and released as Live at Cabaret Metro 10-5-88. The live album was handed out for free at the band's final pre-2007 performance, also at the Metro, on December 2, 2000.

Background[edit | edit source]

The performance was a critical turning point for the band. In 2012, Billy Corgan and The Metro owner Joe Shanahan were interviewed on WBEZ 91.5 FM, recalling how the 1988 show unfolded, including Joe's persistence that they hire a drummer, which indirectly paved the way for their success.

Setlist[edit | edit source]

  1. "There It Goes
  2. "She
  3. "My Eternity
  4. "Under Your Spell
  5. "Bleed
  6. "Spiteface
  7. "Nothing and Everything

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • Jimmy Chamberlin's first show
  • First performances of "Under Your Spell", "She", and "Spiteface"

Banter[edit | edit source]

MC: ...Pumpkins.
There It Goes
Corgan: Ah, yeah, yeah, yeah. Good evening. You can stand here all you want. Mighty cold, hoo! Shhh.
Iha: Thanks.
Corgan: Alright, enough of those pop songs.
My Eternity
Under Your Spell
Corgan: Huh, huh, huh, huh? I hear people shouting out neuroses. Yes, I [unintelligible] them all. Get wacky, right, yeah. Jump up and down, that'll make for a better show.
Corgan: Alright, alright, alright. That's not alright like "Thanks a lot", this is an alright like "Okay, now it's time"— Some guy's going, "Jump around, jump around, jump around. Jump around, jump around. Make good show, make good show". Okay, time for make good show.
Iha: Thanks a lot.
Corgan: Last song, our last song before we disappear.
Nothing and Everything
Corgan: Thank you, good night.
Iha: Thanks a lot, take care.

Photos and memorabilia[edit | edit source]