The Smashing Pumpkins 1995-02-28
|February 28, 1995 – Chicago, IL, US|
|Live performance by The Smashing Pumpkins|
|Artist||The Smashing Pumpkins|
|Date||February 28, 1995|
|Location||Chicago, IL, US|
|Personnel||Billy Corgan, James Iha, D'arcy Wretzky, Jimmy Chamberlin|
|Order of bands||The Smashing Pumpkins|
Setlist[edit | edit source]
- "Stumbleine" (acoustic)
- "Lily (My One and Only)" (acoustic)
- "Bridge over Troubled Water" [Simon & Garfunkel] (tease) (acoustic)
- "Graceland" [Paul Simon] (tease) (acoustic)
- "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" [Bob Dylan] (tease) (acoustic)
- "A Hard Day's Night" [The Beatles] (tease) (acoustic)
- "Towers of Rabble" (acoustic) (final performance)
- "Meladori Magpie" (acoustic) (final performance)
- "Take Me Down" (acoustic)
- "Tonight, Tonight"
- "God" (final performance)
- "Here Is No Why"
- "Cupid de Locke"
- "Fuck You"
- "Porcelina of the Vast Oceans"
- "Speed" (final performance)
- "Today" (tease)
- "Bullet with Butterfly Wings"
- "Fly by Night" [Rush] (tease)
Encore one[edit | edit source]
Encore two[edit | edit source]
- "Blew Away"
- "Special Winner's Song" (improv) (only performance)
- "Pissant" (with rant)
- "I Just Wanna Make Love to You" [Willie Dixon] (final performance)
Notes[edit | edit source]
- Last performance of "Blew Away" until 2000-04-08
- Last performance of "Pissant" until 2011-10-05
Banter[edit | edit source]
Stumbleine (Billy solo acoustic)
BC: Thank you. This uh, this next song is a song I originally writ - writ? - writ about our cat. So, just so you don’t mistake it, it's not an obsessive love song about a cat, but it started off that way. And it's called Lily.
Lily (Billy solo acoustic)
BC: And just a subtle reminder to those of you that are talking, I can hear every word you're saying. It charms my heart to know you stood in line to talk. That's why I grew up to do this.
Guy in crowd: Bridge Over Troubled Water!
Bridge Over Troubled Water (tease) (Billy solo acoustic)
(BC singing: Like a bridge over troubled water / I will wait for you)
> Graceland (tease) (Billy solo acoustic)
(BC singing: Going to Graceland, Graceland, Graceland)
> Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door (tease) (Billy solo acoustic)
(BC singing: Knock, knock, knockin’ on heaven’s door / Knock, knock, knockin’ on heaven’s door)
> A Hard Day’s Night (tease) (Billy solo acoustic)
(BC singing: It’s been a hard day’s night / and I’ve been sleeping like a log)
Towers of Rabble (Billy solo acoustic)
BC: You people know you're being taped tonight? These are for our own, um, we make these films and then we masturbate to them at home. So...it's the only way I can cum anymore. Sorry, you're all over 21, so.... At least you're pretending to be. This - this next song is actually kind of an old Siamese Dream-ish era song that's been resurrected for consumption. And it goes like this.
Meladori Magpie (acoustic)
BC: (funny voice) I give you James Iha.
Iha: Any minute we'll be rocking but you'll have to endure one more Prozac-like ballad. So, just hold your horses, heh heh. It's a slow quiet one so...please....
Take Me Down (acoustic)
Iha: Thank you. And now, we will rock.
BC: I'm sorry - I’m sorry about the music stand, there's not much I can do about it but go over there. Sorry. C’est la vie. Alright, now we're going to play some songs that there's no fucking way you can talk over.
Iha: You people disgust me!
BC: You bunch of talkers. “What Billy doesn't understand is, I'm so caught up in the vibe that I just, I lost it.”
Iha: “Hey man, I went to Silo today and there was this really great sale so I - I got this new, like, it’s a clock radio, and it’s important to talk about it during the fucking show!”
BC: Now James, remember this is the new positive style Pumpkins we're going for.
Iha: Right, right, I knew that.
BC: The audience - the audience is not the enemy, the enemy is us.
Iha: We are floating down a river like lilypads.
BC: How come there’s no damn backlight, that's what I wanna know. Can't play without any backlight.
BC: Sorry my voice is shot but you know I’m...a robot. This is called G-O-D.
BC: (gruff) Thanks a lot.
Iha: He had his shirt off.
Here Is No Why
BC: Thanks. It's too punky, yeah. (high pitched) Are you ready, James?
Cupid de Locke
BC: Thank you for so very much. Like a broken record, I'd like to remind you that these shows are for charity. And the reason I bring this up is I'd like everyone to donate what they can. It's not a matter of how much, it's just a matter of how. So I encourage you to take some responsibility for your community and for people who need your help. And that's all I'll say in the preaching area.
Porcelina of the Vast Oceans
BC: (off mic) It's the only one I got...except I asked but I don’t give a shit.
Iha: (off mic) It’s alright.
BC: It's not the kind I play but uh.... Oh no, it’s the dreaded camera again.
Iha: Move the cameraman out of the front row.
BC: I think you've got enough footage of us lookin’ like shit.
BC: How's about you getting that thing over there? Thank you, we appreciate that.
Iha: Just...thank you.
BC: We'd like to do another immensely sad one for you. Let me tell you something, sadness has gotten us really far, okay? Joy never did me a damn bit of good.
BC: Thank you for being so patient. We realize it’s a lot of songs you've never heard before. We're very happy to move on in our lives. Yes.
Today (tease - Iha plays about the first 6 notes)
BC: Heh heh heh, you fucker, what are you doing? But in a way, it’s, you know, yesterday is today.
Bullet with Butterfly Wings
BC: (high pitched) Thank you.
Fly by Night (tease - Iha plays guitar and sings some lyrics)
(Iha: (high pitched) Why try? Know why. I can really not hear you, I just can’t deny. No way. John Rutsey was the first drummer of Rush. Fly by night, away from here. Change my motherfuckin’ life! Change my fuckin’ life, you motherfucker!! Come on!)
Iha: Now that you people are so excited, we will play a song from our latest album Vitalogy. Heh, Vitalogy.
BC: This one's called “I Ripped Off That 'I Am One' Groove,” it goes kinda like this.
Guy in crowd: Moshpit!
BC: (scoffs), what is it, Five Alive?
Iha: Whoever said “moshpit,” please go to college or take adult education or something.
BC: No no no! This is the new positive Pumpkins, take that back.
Iha: (fey voice) Let's rock and roll, guys.
Frail and Bedazzled
BC: So tomorrow begins the official first day of our new album recording so...this will be the last rock show we’ll be playing for about seven or eight months so wish us luck, thank you for coming. Maybe this is the last appearance ever!
Iha: Oh my god!
BC: Maybe this is the last song we'll ever play, I don't know.
Iha: (fey voice) That's right!
BC: But tomorrow is a new day and a new dawn is rising.
Iha: (fey voice) I see it through the colored windows of my mind.
BC: Look, over there, right by the MTV camera guy, a new future.
Iha: (fey voice) Wow, that’s so exciting. (normal) Heh heh. Any second we'll be kicking back into one of those rock jams that you so much like, moshin’ about in the are so much fun in the sweaty - I see you have a Frogs shirt, do you like the Frogs? They're good friends of ours and uh, we snort cocaine with them.
Never Let Me Down Again
BC: Thank you so much. (faux apologetic) I'm sorry I messed up the song.
BC: We don't care if you want an encore or not. We're just gonna play all night!
BC: I can't wait to play Siamese Dream and all the way through. Yah.
Iha: And then we're doing Aerosmith Rocks, (glasses clink) pour some glasses. Here we go. Fuckin’...sun cloud. Hey man, just use the hidden handle, it’s so versatile. As per normal, we will kick out a coun-, coun-, country...another country jam for you.
BC: So who was the last person to get a ticket? Heh! Okay, that was a lot of people.
D’arcy: There can be only one.
BC: Who is that one?
Iha: The man with the BLT sandwich, there it is. Heh.
BC: No, I don't know, ticket 215, I don’t - that doesn’t sound right, no. Who - who has the last ticket, we have - we have special prizes for you.
Iha: If you come on up, we'll show you...somethin’.
BC: If you truly have the last ticket, I’m serious.
Iha: And if you can rap, that would be a bonus.
BC: I would assume the last number would be...
A few people in crowd: 500.
BC: 500. Friends and families of the Pumpkins are not included. Hahaha. Is this the man or is he a liar? You're the man?
Iha: Can you rap?
BC: You’re the man?, heh heh heh heh. Ticket 500, you are the special winner!
Special Winner’s Song (improv)
(Jimmy starts a beat)
Iha: Alright! Let's play the special winner song.
BC: Just think: (playing guitar and singing) You’re the special winner, you’re the special - (stops playing guitar and speaks) Yeah. We’ll give you your ticket back in a second.
D’arcy: You don’t really win anything but you’re just special.
(Jimmy starts playing again and D’arcy joins in)
Iha: Come on, let me see your fuckin' hands up in the air. Get on your fuckin’ ass feet, you fuckin’ - kickin’ out that dope beat. (Billy starts playing again) Come on! Let me see your hands, let's see ‘em like you just don't care, let’s get in the fuckin' air. Jump, you motherfucker, I don't care how white you are, jump. Yeah, I'm feelin’ it right now. My name is James, I'm playin’ your game. Ow, your fire is hot. Can I put it in your pot? I don't think so! D'arcy Wretzky on the motherfuckin’ bass. What a groove she's kickin', a smoother groove would be one by Jimmy Chamberlin, the Joliet mustard, the Joliet mustard, Jimmy Chamberlin. On the lead vocal kickin’ that dope ass rock, (Billy starts soloing) Billy Corgan, come on. I know you got it in you!! Yeah!! Come on!! Oh yeah, fuck yeah. Yeah, come on!! Come on, you people, come on right now!! Do something! (Billy goes back into original riff) You fuckin’ lazy ass shits, get in the fuckin’ air, come on!! Alright, we’re makin’ it smooth for you tonight at the Double Door owned by Joe Shanahan. We’d like to thank everyone for coming out tonight. All the on board people: Mark Williams, a man called Flood, a man called Kevin Dancer, Andy Gorschov, Michael Lustig, come on, let's hear it for them. Wooow!! Miss Jillilly, Tommy Fat Chance, Danny Clinch, come on, peace out. (song ends)
BC: If you uh, hold on to your ticket and if you wait after the show, we’ll get your name and we'll send you some cool stuff. Hey, if this - think about, think about this this this person right here. If he’d gotten up five seconds later that day, he wouldn't be here. If the - you, you should ask this man for some lotto numbers if you know what I’m sayin’.
Guy in crowd: Can I have a job?
BC: Can you have a job? Hmm, well, if you’re listening to us, you probably wouldn’t be working for us. Just kidding. What now? Would you like to say that to my face, sir? Hey, tough - hey, tough guy.
Iha: I think not, smart guy.
BC: What would you - would you like to say that to my face? It's funny how anonymity breeds courage.
Iha: He is a coward.
BC: Hey, you're the same guy that’s been at Lolla - every Lollapalooza show heckling us. Ah, we send you a collective fuck off.
(BC midsong rant: I just want to say one thing to you, uh, you, you young college lughead types. I've been watching people like you slug around on other people for seven years and you know what? It's the same shit and I wish you'd understand that in an environment like this and a setting like this, it's fairly inappropriate and unfair to the rest of the people around you. I and we publically take a stand against moshing! Its time has come and gone, it has ceased to be a spontaneous act. Uh huh. And when it's in Miller Lite beer commercials as part of their selling point, you know its time has gone. And when you see it in the new Offspring video, you know its time has gone. But when you see in our new video, you know its time has returned. Old school, James, old school. Hey yeah, throw that guy out, that was the guy who was mean to me. A little thing called karma. Don't hurt him, he's stupid, you know, he can't help it. (singing) Come on, honey...)
> I Just Wanna Make Love to You
(BC over ending: Thank you, good night, au revoir. See you in a while.)
(song ends with Billy playing guitar with his teeth)
BC: That’s why god gave me buck teeth.