The Smashing Pumpkins 1994-04-10

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April 10, 1994 – Columbia, SC, US
Live performance by The Smashing Pumpkins
Rock Invasion tour
DateApril 10, 1994
VenueTownship Auditorium
Coordinates34°0′35″N 81°1′40″W
LocationColumbia, SC, US
Venue typeTheater
PersonnelBilly Corgan, James Iha, D'arcy Wretzky, Jimmy Chamberlin
Order of bandsRed Red Meat, The Smashing Pumpkins
Full performance

Setlist[edit | edit source]

  1. "Cherub Rock
  2. "Rocket
  3. "Disarm
  4. "Today
  5. "Quiet
  6. "I Am One" (with rant) [6:59] 
  7. "Bad Moon Rising" [Creedence Clearwater Revival(tease) 
  8. "Drown" [4:46] 
  9. "Hummer" [5:40] 
  10. "Luna
  11. "Geek U.S.A.
  12. "Soma
  13. "Siva" [5:58] 

Encore one[edit | edit source]

  1. "Starla" [7:46] 
  2. "Tristessa

Encore two[edit | edit source]

  1. "Mayonaise
  2. "Bullet with Butterfly Wings

Encore three[edit | edit source]

  1. "Johnny B. Goode" [Chuck Berry(tease) 
  2. "Silverfuck" [15:42] 
    1. "Never Let Me Down Again" [Depeche Mode(tease) 
    2. "Bargain" [The Who(tease) 
    3. "Over the Rainbow" [Harold Arlen / Yip Harburg(tease) 
    4. "Jackboot(final performance)
  3. "Sweet Sweet" [1:14] 

Notes[edit | edit source]

Banter[edit | edit source]

Cherub Rock
BC: Hi. We're sorry that more of you can't be close.
D’arcy: Who -- who are all these people in the front, are you guys like grand prize winners or something, why is everyone else so far away? It's not very fair, I'm sorry.
BC: Because if there's more people, the floor will collapse and everyone will die.
D’arcy: Oh, really? [unintelligible word] thank you.
Iha: We're gonna have to uh -– we’re gonna have to cancel the show, sorry, goodnight. Goodnight.
> Today
BC: I hate being so far away! ... I don’t wanna be so far away, it sucks.
Iha: Why don't you just bring your mind closer, man? You don't have to move your body, just bring your mind there. Like, the kids are rocking and everything and everything, just get it together. The little people have to go out there, you know, ‘cause it's going to be really hard to move those monitors.
BC: I feel like I'm in a puppet show way back there, you know?
Iha: But it's still rocking back there, man.
BC: This it?
Iha: Don't worry about it, just put--
BC: I can't move here but at least I'll be here.
Iha: Well, that's cool too, that's really cool, but the fucked up thing is that, like, you're not going to be able to hear those monitors and like, you know, maybe you want some of my Zephyr tube. Ladies and gentlemen, don't worry, we'll play another song, hang on a second, heh. This is a uh....
BC: I want to rock!
I Am One
(BC midsong: All I ever wanted was everything. Yall I ever wanted was everything [sic]. All I ever wanted was everything and all I got was shit! What you want is what you’ll get and that’s nothing. What you want is what you’ll get and that’s nothin’. Nothing can be taken from me that has not already been taken. And there ain’t nothin’ you can say that ain’t been said. Gimme gimme gimme gimme gimme gimme gimme gimme gimme nothing! Gimme gimme gimme gimme gimme gimme gimme gimme gimme nothing! Gimme gimme gimme gimme gimme gimme gimme gimme nothing! Gimme gimme gimme gimme gimme gimme gimme gimme nothing. And what have you got?! Nothing. And what do you want? Nothing. Nothing. Nothing. Ahh, cut the shit! (band stops) For 27 years, I have lived with pain in my heart. 27 years I have lived with the jealous heart-tuh. What you want is what you’ll get and that’s nothing. What you want is what you’ll get and that’s nothing. Nothing. Nothin’. Gimme gimme gimme gimme gimme gimme gimme gimme gimme gimme nothing! Nothing. Nothin’. Nothin’. Nothin’. Ahhhhh!!!)
BC: Shit! ... Thanks for coming to our concert. We're very -- we're very sorry you're all so far away, it's not the way that we want it, I hope you understand. We don't take requests. We are not a bar band.
Bad Moon Rising (tease - twice through riff)
BC: We are the Smashing Pumpkins! Right now we'd like to do an alternative classic, it’s from the movie Sleepless in Seattle. This is called Drown.
> Hummer
BC: Thank -– thank you very much. This here is a song for all you lovers out there. You know who you ain't. Not that I've ever wanted -- not that I've ever met anyone who's in love,'s about somebody who I figure what they feel like when they're in love, so if you can understand that, then you understand the song.
Geek U.S.A.
(BC alt last line: I fuckin’ love the U.S.A.!)
BC: You know, you don't sound very like you're having a good time. (crowd cheers)
Iha: These people are uh, jaded. [unintelligible].
BC: I think –- I'm not, I'm not making excuses, but this is like the most impossible place to play. And it's really unfortunate that you're all so far away, I can't explain that to you. I'm not going for parallel, but...but I -- I hope you're having a good time and we really appreciate it. And uh, we have a -- we have an off day tomorrow, so uh, we'll play as long as you want us to play.
Iha: So this will be our last song, it's in our contract, time's up, gotta go to the next city. (crowd boos) Heh! I’m just kidding! You crazy people from South Carolina, red eating my bloodline, I love that Californian is local.
BC: I think we need to get James to come up closer too.
Iha: Gonna take this mic and I will [unintelligible 2 words].
BC: Come on James, don't be afraid.
Iha: Everyone in the house: motherfuckin’ Vince Jane in the motherfucking house, let's have a big fucking hand for him, I went to fuckin' high school with this guy and we're fuckin' rockin' out on here on tour! (knocks over mic stand) Well, I take that back, we are uh.... (crowd chanting something) Would you stop that obscene chanting, you foolish...? Have you people been to college? Stop chanting! I don't know what you're talking about but I don't want to hear about it.
BC: So.... Alright, are you ready?
Iha: (high pitched) Ready, Bill!
BC: Okay, shhh.
Iha: (high pitched) I’m ready!
BC: You have to be really quiet now, shhh. Shhh. Come on, we're all -- we're all friends now, we can be quiet, shhh. You ready? (counts into Soma)
> Siva
(Iha does a bunch of crazy noodling after the song ends and howls along with some of his playing)
[encore break]
BC: What –- what do you wanna hear? (crowd yelling) What -- what old song do you want to hear? No, we don't know how to play that anymore. I tell you the -– in the whole time that the Siamese Dream album's come out we have not played this song one time. So we shall play this for you...I hope you like it.
BC: Thanks.
[encore break]
Iha: Waaah!
BC: Hey, you don't deserve no water. Hey, should I give ‘em some water? Here, there's some water. I ain't fuckin' Gunga Din, know what I mean? (heavy Chicago accent) This is a little song James wrote back in uh, 1947.
Iha: This is uh, for uh...I dunno who the [unintelligible word] is.
BC: We'd like to play you a new song. We’ve only played this a couple times, so be kind.
Iha: (fey voice) We're trying to impress our A&R man, who's here tonight, heh.
BC: Somewhere out there...
Iha: (fey voice) Somewhere out there.
BC: a big executive from Virgin Records.
Iha: Everybody, let’s have a hand for Mark Williams of Virgin Records! (crowd cheers) Heh, don’t clap. Don’t clap. Don't you understand the irony in my voice?
BC: You understand –- and listen, if somehow you don't like this song, we may not get to do another record, so...please, please clap even if you don't like the song. Please. So...this is our new song and I hope you like it, it's's called...Bullet with Butterfly Wingzzzz.
Bullet with Butterfly Wings
[encore break]
BC: Hold on a second. Once again, we'd like to thank you all very, very much. Life -– life is very short and I appreciate moments like this very much. We hope you've had a good time. I hope you felt your five dollars was worth it.
Iha: (faux serious) Ha ha ha ha.
BC: (laughs, takes a breath, then laughs more). So uh--
Iha: And now it's time for the human beatbox! (beatboxes) Yeah! We’re comin’ on all [2 unintelligible words] South Carolina! (beatboxes)
BC: Okay, James.
Iha: I'm sorry.
BC: Has anyone ever seen James tap dance?
Iha: Well, I'm sure they’d want to. I ain't -- I ain't doin’ that unless you get the megaphone.
BC: Hey wait, this guy's giving us the finger. You don't like tap dancing?
Iha: Oh, he's a purist hoofer, see? He doesn't like the new style. He's not down with the new style, you know we're getting freaky over here, you know, you gotta understand there's this new thing on the street.
BC: Uh, so we'd like to do one more song for you. If my voice -- if my voice can make it.
Iha: Well, the -– but the tape machine's running fine, the batteries are all the way up.
BC: Concert? I don’t know what you mean. I'm sorry, we're tired, we're just trying to get our breath here.
Iha: (breathes loudly and quickly)
BC: We're getting old.
D’arcy: I'd just to say like to say, man, don't...don’t throw us your bibles [sic]. (laughing) Don't, jesus!
BC: (laughing)
Iha: We of Smashing Pumpkins do not support this message, this message is strictly of D'arcy Wretzky, [3-4 unintelligible words], no más. And um, you know us, we like to shock people, heh, we don't really actually burn bibles, we just shock people, so I don't know what overcame her, I have no idea.
BC: And then he came to South Carolina. And he spoke to them.
Iha: Ye shall rock?
BC: Let there be rock.
Johnny B. Goode (tease - first few seconds)
BC: Heh, we're all going to hell, so it's too late now. Oh wait, leave 'em up, leave 'em up. Alright, last song, are you going to give us the last bit of energy you have? (starts Silverfuck)
Iha: I wanna see those evil hands, let’s see them fuckin’ hands, motherfuckers!
Silverfuck / Never Let Me Down Again / Bargain / Over the Rainbow
> Jackboot
Sweet Sweet (Billy solo a cappella)
BC: Thanks.