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. Corgan, comparing Shanahan as the "wizard behind the curtain", explained how important it was to get a show at the Metro, which he considered the cultural center for the emerging alternative rock scene. What won Shanahan over was an early Smashing Pumpkins demo cassette given to him. His only complaint was the use of a drum machine, which he felt didn't pair well with the Pumpkins' more psychedelic, guitar-driven sound. After Chamberlin was recruited, the Metro show was booked, and the rest is history. It would be less than a month later that the band performed outside Chicago for the first time.

Setlist[edit | edit source]

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

Notes[edit | edit source]

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]