The Smashing Pumpkins 1996-12-01
|December 1, 1996 – Dallas, TX, US|
|Live performance by The Smashing Pumpkins|
|Infinite Sadness tour|
|Date||December 1, 1996|
|Location||Dallas, TX, US|
|Personnel||Billy Corgan, James Iha, D'arcy Wretzky, Matt Walker, Dennis Flemion, Jimmy Flemion|
|Order of bands||Garbage, The Smashing Pumpkins|
Rescheduled from July 24, 1996 due to the death of Jonathan Melvoin.
Setlist[edit | edit source]
- "Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness" (prerecorded)
- "Where Boys Fear to Tread"
- "Fuck You"
- "By Starlight"
- "Tonight, Tonight"
- "Cherub Rock"
- "Thru the Eyes of Ruby"
- "Galapogos" (acoustic)
- "Disarm" (acoustic)
- "Bullet with Butterfly Wings"
- "Porcelina of the Vast Oceans"
- "Rocket" (tease)
Encore one[edit | edit source]
Encore two[edit | edit source]
- "Killing Me Softly with His Song" [Roberta Flack] (tease)
- "No Woman, No Cry" [Bob Marley] (tease)
Encore three[edit | edit source]
- "The Aeroplane Flies High (Turns Left, Looks Right)"
- "Silverfuck" [25:11]
Notes[edit | edit source]
- "1979" with Jimmy Flemion
Banter[edit | edit source]
Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness Intro
> Where Boys Fear to Tread
BC: Thank you very much, good evening.
“Thank you for participating” tape
> Tonight, Tonight
Iha: Thank you, thank you, good evening. Hello, Dallas! How are you? Good? Okay?
BC: Hello to everybody. So....
Iha: What’s new? Nothing, they say.
BC: We’re pretty bad with between song banter, so these days we pretty much just keep playing music, so don’t take it offensively, we just say stupid shit, so um, hope you have a good time, enjoy the show.
> Planet of the Apes clip
> Thru the Eyes of Ruby
BC: Thank you very much. That was, uh, Ruby off of Mellon Collie. It’s on that second CD, the one that’s so hard to listen to. This, of course, is on the first CD, which I know you’ve all heard. Heh. Just kidding. ... Now if you’d all please be quiet, we’d like to sing a sad song.
Galapogos (abandoned - Billy hits a wrong note almost immediately)
BC: Thank you.
Iha: So--so from here on out, we’re gonna play all acoustic songs, we hope you don’t mind. We’re just gonna do some James Taylor songs and I’m sure you’re all excited.
> Bullet with Butterfly Wings
BC: Thank you. (silly voice) Thank you people! (normal) This little song me and James wrote one night, sitting in a gutter in Deep Ellum.
Iha: Yeah, I kinda remember that, man.
BC: We had the blues...
BC: ...and James says “I got this riff, it goes like this.”
Iha: Which riff, there were so many riffs.
BC: It kinda went....
Iha: Oh yeah, yeah.
BC: That blues riff. Thank you, I’m glad you’re enjoying our story.
Iha: I think they’d, uh, instead of our casual banter, I think they want more rock star sort of stuff. (screaming) How are you people doing? How the fuck are you? (normal) See? They’re [unintelligible] a little more tonight.
BC: (high pitched) It’s great to be in Dallas tonight!
Iha: Oh yeah!! Uh, we will keep rocking for you people but we want some enthusiasm!
Iha: No--no--no enthusiasm?
Iha: What? What?
BC: Please try not to fall trap to the normal rock arena show kind of prodding the audience. We don’t need that.
Iha: Alright, well...let’s rock then.
BC: We have our dignity, it’s 1996, grunge is dead and we’re just kickin’ around the carcass as our friend Dennis would say. Ha.
Iha: Well, how should I ask them? Let’s, uh, let’s kinda rock.
Porcelina of the Vast Oceans / Rocket
Iha: Hey, thanks, thanks a lot. We’re now entering the, uh, classic part of our set. Old songs.
BC: No, no, no!
Iha: What, yeah!
BC: No. Some of you may find this shocking...
BC: ...but we’re about to do a Better Than Ezra two-fer.
Iha: Yeah (laughing). I forgot. We, uh, worked this out in the dressing room.
BC: I heard that guy said some shit about me, that’s why.
BC: Well, he was mad because I said some shit about them. But you know what? You know what? No matter what he says, his band will always suck.
Iha: We’ll just, uh, strike that from the record. None of you heard it here.
Drown (w/short intro)
> Hummer (tease)
Iha: Thank you, ladies and gentlemen. Um...you may be shocked at what you might see next. Don’t rock, Jimmy. We have a special guest, all the way from Milwaukee, the oh-so-great state of Milwaukee, yes, Jimmy Frog! Yeah. Let’s all give a friendly Texas wave to Jimmy. Jimmy? Jimmy, come here, say something about the, uh, say something about the fine Dallas crowd tonight.
Jimmy Frog: Dallas rules, baby!
Iha: Well, alright, let’s just go on to other introductions, oop, what was that? On the keyboards, his brother from the oh-so-great state of Milwaukee, Dennis Frog! I guess no one cares about Dennis Frog. Ladies and gentlemen, Dennis Frog! Now this man cut his teeth on the--on the classics. Of course I’m talking about, uh, Chopin and Mozart and we pulled him out of Juilliard--he was working there as the janitor--and now he’s playing keyboards with us. And now, we go to the man behind the drum set...yes, that man is Matt “Cosmo” Walker! Yes, Matt, uh, plays those, uh, oh, drums. And now we will move on to, uh, that part of the set which we call audience participation.
BC: I don’t know, I don’t know if we should have audience participation tonight.
Iha: Nope. These people seem, um, are you tired, oh Dallas? Tired from Thanksgiving?
BC: We don’t do audience participation every night, only for those people who deserve it. I know I have a mean reputation but I’m fair, right? Heh.
Iha: Well, how are we gonna have audience partish--blegh, participation? Who’s gonna make this, uh, tie breaking decision?
BC: Wait. Hold on! Audience, do you want to participate? (loud cheer) I think we should let the green angel decide. Jimmy, come here. Jimmy, Jimmy!! Now, you’ve met the good people of Dallas, have you not?
Jimmy Frog: Yeah.
BC: You even have some roots in, heh--you even have some roots in Texas, don’t you?
Jimmy Frog: Si.
BC: Jimmy...I’ve known you for a long time. (laughing) Oh my god. You’re a fair ‘er. Jimmy, should the audience participate?
Jimmy Frog: What do you think? No? Let me hear ya! Alright.
BC: Jimmy, choose tonight’s dancers!
(Matt plays a beat)
BC: Aw yeah, I know this Matt Walker beat, ain’t very funky. Give me some funky beat! Hey!! Something funky, man.
(Matt plays a different beat)
BC: Aw yeah!! There we go.
Iha: Oh yeah, fucking emo Dallas shit now.
BC: Put your hands in the air--come on! We’re kickin’ it like the Fugees.
Iha: Come on you people, get up outta your seat.
Killing Me Softly With His Song (tease - Billy sings a few lines and Iha mumbles along)
BC: (singing) Killing me softly with his song, killing my whole life with his words, killing me softly.
Iha: Who shall be chosen by the green angel? Who shall dance with the group?
No Woman, No Cry (tease)
BC: (singing) No woman, no cry.
(Matt plays a fast beat)
Iha: Oh yes.
BC: What the fuck are you playing, Walker?
BC: Some disco, I don’t know?
(Matt plays a club beat)
Iha: Green Day.
BC: There we go.
Iha: Oh yes.
BC: Oh yeah, this is really inspired (Matt stops), this part of the show, it’s really moving, people. (clears throat) Well, alright. I don’t choose the dancers, I’m sorry. Plus, you were sitting down. That disqualifies you from dancing, those are the rules.
Iha: Jimmy, have you chosen our dancers?
BC: As I said, cruel but fair. So, let’s get to know tonight’s Dallas cheerleaders, I mean dancers. Before we start...are any of you ch--are any of you dancers related to Barry Switzer? Just checking. Okay, who are you and where are you from?
Guy #1: I’m Mike from Munich, Germany.
BC: We’re in America. What do you do in Germany?
Guy #1: I went to your last concert in Munich and decided to come back, it was too good to miss.
BC: I like this man. You’re okay with me. We are slightly nationalistic but we’ll make an exception.
Guy #2: Nick Slyke. I’m from Naperville, Illinois. (crowd boos)
Iha: Naperville, close to where we live.
BC: Hey...believe me, I’ve been to Naperville, there ain’t a whole lot there, so don’t worry about it.
Girl #1: I’m Jenny Huckabee from Texas.
Girl #2: Alma from El Paso, Texas.
Girl #3: I’m Heather, I’m from Ohio.
BC: Who chooses these people?
Iha: Jimmy! Just teasing.
BC: That’s okay. We know you’re from Ohio...don’t we? Heh heh heh heh heh.
Iha: Uh, yeah.
Girl #4: Ashley from De Soto, Texas.
Girl #5: My name is Laila and I’m from De Soto, Texas.
Iha: There we have it. A rather motley crew of dancers. Perhaps you’re shocked and want a refund. We can only tell you to wait until the song is over to enjoy the spectacle of it all. We have, uh....
BC: See, this is what I was saying. No one is enthusiastic about audience participation. (crowd cheers) Don’t be upset because the green angel did not choose you. God wanted it that way.
Iha: Alright, well...
BC: These are god’s chosen few, heh heh heh.
D’arcy: And that’s god, right there.
Iha: Wearing, uh, a yellow boa.
BC: Well, how do you feel? Sammy, the lights please. Let’s have some lights. What the fuck’s going on? Hey all you people up there, what’s going on? Huh? What’s the fuck’s going on? James, please tell everyone the rules.
Iha: Okay, two rules for our dancers, listen up. Do not touch us, do not touch our shit. Okay. Now we dance.
1979 (with Jimmy Flemion)
BC: That guy wanted an autograph, it’s like, heh, kinda playin’ the show.
Iha: Well, that was quite shocking. Not exactly what I would call ballet but uh, let’s have a fine warm round of applause for tonight’s dancers. They tried rather valiantly and we’ll just move along with the show. Hopefully, uh, you’re still with us.
BC: This will be our, uh, last song. Thank you very much for coming. We hope you had a good time. And thank you very much for waiting for us to come.
BC: Y’all can come back, we ain’t done. Well, we’ll just have a show for us, see? Now that all the MTV people have left. ... Well, hi. Like to play a song, uh, that just came out, um, on our new, uh, box thingie--this is called The Aeroplane Flies High.
The Aeroplane Flies High
> Silverfuck / Dose
(BC at 17:47: We’d like to take this last second to thank you all for sticking around. We appreciate your love and support and uh, hope to see you again. Take it easy.)
(BC at 24:37: That one goes out to Pantera. Bye D’arcy.)