The Smashing Pumpkins 1996-10-01

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October 1, 1996 – Milwaukee, WI, US
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Live performance by The Smashing Pumpkins
Infinite Sadness tour
DateOctober 1, 1996
VenueBradley Center
Coordinates43°2′37″N 87°55′1″W
LocationMilwaukee, WI, US
Venue typeArena
PersonnelBilly Corgan, James Iha, D'arcy Wretzky, Matt Walker, Dennis Flemion, Jimmy Flemion
Order of bandsGrant Lee Buffalo, The Smashing Pumpkins

Setlist[edit | edit source]

  1. "Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness" (prerecorded) 
  2. "Where Boys Fear to Tread
  3. "Zero
  4. "Cherub Rock
  5. "To Forgive
  6. "Tonight, Tonight
  7. "Today
  8. "Thru the Eyes of Ruby
  9. "Siva" [6:02] 
  10. "Disarm(acoustic) 
  11. "Bullet with Butterfly Wings
  12. "Fuck You
  13. "Porcelina of the Vast Oceans
    1. "Rocket(tease) 

Encore one[edit | edit source]

  1. "X.Y.U.

Encore two[edit | edit source]

  1. "1979
  2. "Muzzle

Encore three[edit | edit source]

  1. "Bodies
  2. "Silverfuck" [32:52] 
    1. "Bullet with Butterfly Wings(tease) 
    2. "Dose" [Filter(tease) 

Notes[edit | edit source]

Banter[edit | edit source]

Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness Intro
Where Boys Fear to Tread
Cherub Rock
To Forgive
“Thank you for participating” tape
> Tonight, Tonight
BC: Thanks a lot, hi. We’re very happy to be back here in Milwaukee. Home of the controversial Frogs. Thanks very much for coming to the concert. James has something he wants to tell you.
Iha: know what? Heh. I don’t know, I was gonna say something very stadium rock-like, but I--I’m just glad you’re here, let’s all rock, let’s just rock.
BC: James, will you tell our fellow Lake Michiganinians what today is?
Iha: It’s the craziest day. No, wait. Uh, it’s a lascivious day. No, it’s the greatest day!
> Planet of the Apes clip
> Thru the Eyes of Ruby
(Siva intro begins)
BC: Thank you very much. We’d like to take you back in time. Kinda back to the Unicorn actually. You remember, James.
Iha: Ah yes. I remember playing for no money and sweaty people in the basement of the Unicorn. And now it’s time that we take that time trip back. This song was written in 1852. Hope you like it. It’s a very old song.
Siva (w/long intro)
BC: Thank you, is everyone?
Iha: They’re fine.
BC: You are very, very suspiciously quiet. Heh. (crowd cheers) And when we play in front of an audience that’s suspiciously quiet, it means one of four things. One: the sound is bad. Two: we suck. Three: we’re boring you to tears. Or four: you suck. Just kidding. We’re the new positive Pumpkins, see, we want everyone to have a good time.
Iha: Yeah.
BC: We don’t want anyone to get hurt, we don’t anyone to die, you know, things like that. Heh heh. Thank you very much, that was my speech.
Disarm (acoustic)
Circus tape
> Bullet with Butterfly Wings
Fuck You
Porcelina of the Vast Oceans / Rocket
(Iha at 11:40: Thank you.)
[encore break]
Iha: Alriiight. Thank you very much. We appreciate it. How’s everybody doing, okay perhaps. We’re not being--we’re not being too psychedelic, are we? Are we noodling too much? I read a review that said we’re--our guitars are noodling too much, so if you hear any noodling, please let me know. I will stop it if I could. And now we would like to enter the realm of cyber rock once again. (Billy and James noodle for a minute) Hello and we’re back.
[encore break]
Iha: Arrr. Thank you very much. Ladies and gentlemen, we have a special guest. From your hometown of Milwaukee, of The Frogs, Jimmy Frog. Jimmy. Prepare for a few [unintelligible] Milwaukeeian hometown.
Jimmy Frog: (in French accent) Bonjour, Milwaukee. Je m’appelle Jimmy.
Iha: A man of few words and, uh, little time. On the keyboards, his brother Dennis. The bigwig here. And uh, a crucial part here, savin’ our ass: Matt “Cosmo” Walker on the drums! Young Matt. We met Young Matt at a, uh, as an apprentice, he, uh, he taught me how to read and, uh, he’s a fine drummer as well as teacher.
BC: This is normally the part of the show where we invite some members of the audience on stage to dance.
Iha: This is true.
D’arcy: But...I don’t know. I don’t see anybody dancing tonight.
Iha: (playing chords and singing high pitched) Would you like to dance? Would you like to be on stage? Would you dance?
BC: I don’t know, I didn’t see anyone in the crowd rockin’ hard enough to...
Iha: Let’s drop the attitude.
BC: ...bust out for dancing.
Iha: Who can dance like a fool?
BC: That girl right there. She’s been rockin’ the whole show.
Iha: Who’s got mad flavor?
BC: Jimmy, see that girl in the dress? The, uh, kinda the gray dress in the aisle. Right there, blonde hair. She’s been rockin’ the whole show.
Iha: Okay, now we--we must, to be fair, let’s pick a young man to balance out the gender equation.
D’arcy (over “young man” in previous Iha sentence): To be.
Iha: Who should it be?
BC: We will let Jimmy pick.
D’arcy: Jimmy.
Iha: You pick the [unintelligible].
BC: Jimmy, since it’s Milwaukee, tonight you get two choices.
D’arcy: To be honest, I--I saw some people dancing over there.
BC: I think you need to go over there, Jimmy.
D’arcy: Hike over there I go. (rest is over Billy’s next line) That’s right. Not in the front, they were not dancing in the front.
BC: Jimmy will choose one or two lucky people to be humiliated--I mean, dance on stage with us. ... Who shall Jimmy pick?
Iha: Who shall it be? He’s walking down the aisle. He’s got green wings on. Who shall be Jimmy’s lucky contestant?
BC: You have to admit, it’s pretty pathetic that this is the most exciting part of the show so far.
D’arcy: Where ya goin’, Jimmy? Jimmy! Jimmy! Jimmy, you passed them up. You passed them up.
Iha: He’s going where no man has gone. He has a, uh, sixth sense of dancing though as well.
D’arcy: Oh no. Jimmy has had a very bad track record of picking dancers.
Iha: Nope--Jimmy did find one in a psychopath once, D’arcy.
D’arcy: Well, they better dance, that’s all I can say.
Iha: I know what you’re thinking, you’re thinking that all of the venom that we had is now gone.
BC: Let’s get to know our first contestant.
(drum roll by Matt)
Iha: Thank you with the drum roll, Matt.
BC: Oh here, you wanna tie it on? Please tell everyone who you are and way you’re from.
Girl: (sort of off mic) I’m Christy Mojo and I’m from Racine, Wisconsin.
BC: No no no no, here.
Christy Mojo: (loudly over enunciating) Christy Mojo and I’m from Racine, Wisconsin! Yeeessssss!!! (Iha starts to say something and Christy screams over him) Tonight I’m in for RACINE, WISCONSIIIIIN!!!!!
(Doom explosion sound effect)
Iha: Oh my. Well....
BC: Here comes someone. It’s Johnny...whoa, okay.
Squeaky voiced guy: Noah from Wisconsin, yeah-heh!!
(Doom explosion sound effect)
Iha: Alright. Well, I’m glad we could find the best that Milwaukee could offer. These are the best--
BC: You’re not playing guitar out of tune, young man, here you can have a mic. ... What’s your name?
Noah: (less squeaky voiced) Noah!
BC: And where you from?
Noah: Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
BC: Okay. You’ve been brought up here to dance and make a good example for your hometown, state or county. Heh. We have two rules for people joining us on stage: don’t touch us and don’t touch our shit.
Iha: Just dance. Just dance!
BC: Now if Dennis could only find his way to the stage, we could start the song.
Noah: There he is!
1979 (with Jimmy Flemion)
Iha: Let’s have a fine round of applause for the--the best that Wisconsin could offer. And again, we thank Jimmy Frog for his passionate showmanship. The green wings work. Quite a showstopper.
BC: Well, once again, thank you for coming to the concert. To those of you who rocked, we thank you yet again for coming to see us play. For those--
D’arcy: I seen it, I don’t care, he was dancing up there. He was really dancing.
BC: Um...for um, for those of you we bored to tears, well, it kinda goes with the territory sometimes, we apologize with all humility. I know I usually shouldn’t say that the shows were not as good as they could have been--it just gives reviewers more fodder than they already have--but at least you can respect me for being honest. We appreciate your support, love very, very much. ... And we can’t thank you enough for coming, having a good time, rocking out, all that kind of shit. So thanks again, we love you, take it easy.
BC: Thank you!
[encore break]
Iha: Thanks, thanks.
> Silverfuck / Bullet with Butterfly Wings / Dose
(BC at 24:07: So if you could put on the lights for a second there, Sammy. See, check it out--see those empty seats? See those empty seats? Those are all the people who came just to hear the songs they heard on MTV, right? So we thank you for sticking around. Participating in the space jam...the infinite space jam. ... So thank you, thank you, thank you. Thanks you for being fans of what we love...and that’s our music. We hope we haven’t done you too wrong. We hope you have a good time, a safe night, fall in love, you know...shit. So...goodbye.)