The Smashing Pumpkins 1996-12-05
|December 5, 1996 – Albuquerque, NM, US|
|Live performance by The Smashing Pumpkins|
|Infinite Sadness tour|
|Date||December 5, 1996|
|Location||Albuquerque, NM, US|
|Personnel||Billy Corgan, James Iha, D'arcy Wretzky, Matt Walker, Dennis Flemion, Jimmy Flemion|
|Order of bands||Garbage, The Smashing Pumpkins|
Setlist[edit | edit source]
- "Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness" (prerecorded)
- "Where Boys Fear to Tread"
- "Cherub Rock"
- "Tonight, Tonight"
- "By Starlight"
- "Thru the Eyes of Ruby"
- "Rocket" (abandoned)
- "Fuck You"
- "Galapogos" (acoustic)
- "Disarm" (acoustic)
- "Bullet with Butterfly Wings"
- "Porcelina of the Vast Oceans"
Encore one[edit | edit source]
- "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" [Iron Butterfly] (tease)
Encore two[edit | edit source]
Notes[edit | edit source]
- "1979" with Jimmy Flemion
Banter[edit | edit source]
Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness Intro
> Where Boys Fear to Tread
“Thank you for participating” tape
> Tonight, Tonight
BC: Thank you very much, good evening everybody.
BC: Thank you very much. Thank you very much for coming to our concert this evening. We have planned a fine selection of nihilistic slash teenage angst songs for you.
Iha: Yes, if you like those Generation X alternative hits. Fine, yes? Alright. Well, we’ll play a happy song now.
BC: Yes, this is the last happy song of the show, we hope you enjoy it. It gets very dark after this point.
> Planet of the Apes clip
> Thru the Eyes of Ruby
Rocket (abandoned - alt version, Matt comes in at wrong point)
BC: Stop. Matt, our new drummer, fucked up. This is Matt, everybody. Who makes so few mistakes that when he does, we have to point it out.
Rocket (normal version)
> Fuck You
BC: Thank you.
> Bullet with Butterfly Wings
Iha: Alright. Alright, you’re back with us. Is everybody having a relatively good time? Yes? Thanks for sticking with us tonight. Oh yes, we have one more upbeat song before we go back to the--the nihilistic narcissism. Here we go.
BC: Does anyone like dogs? That’s good, I wrote this song about a cat.
Porcelina of the Vast Oceans
Iha: [cuts in] What uh, what were you chanting there? Was that some sort of a socialist slogan? Is this like a Albuquerque thing that I missed, what were you chanting? U.S.A.? T.B.A.? Now I heard--I’ve heard about these things when I was in college, but might have to actually win this thing. But we’re glad you’re still with us.
Iha: No, no, no, no. Yeah, heh, yeah, yeah, yeah. Yeah. So people, I want some enthusiasm from you goddamn people! It’s so fuckin’ [unintelligible] outside! You have been polite but you have not been out of control. This is a not got--this isn’t a goddamn tea party, it’s a fucking drum solo. (Matt solos) Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah. (Matt solo ends, Billy solo begins) Damn! (screams) Come on, you fuckin’ people! [unintelligible], right now! Who’s got the fucking Chicago blues?! Maybe not that dumbass. You see, we’re from Chicago, we have the nihilistic blues. (Billy stops playing)
BC: Oh, wait a second. (Matt stops)
Iha: What, what?
BC: Before you yell at these nice people out here, I think you should yell at us.
Iha: Alright. Ladies and gentlemen, I’d like to tell you a secret. We’ve really sucked tonight, heh.
BC: I think you should yell at us, James.
Iha: Well, we’ve already had our primal therapy session earlier, do you really wanna do it on stage now? (screams 3 times) Aah! Alright, I feel better.
BC: You feel better now?
Iha: So you guys ready to rock? Let’s rock.
Iha: [cuts in] We will now attempt to make a full blown arena rock cliche by bringing a very special guest. A very special guest from the oh so great city of Milwaukee. Ladies and gentlemen, Jimmy Frog! Perhaps you are confounded by this man. Jimmy is a uh, he’s a professor at Harvard, he’s been a family friend of all of ours for many years and he’s come--agreed to come out on tour with us and help this part of the show become a special one. And now, another introduction. On the keyboards, ladies and gentlemen, his brother, Dennis Frog! Oh, that was quite spine tingling. Okay. I can tell you’re all quite shocked and amazed at the scenes. And now, ladies and gentlemen, the man on the--on the drum stool, playin’ those dope beats for you, yes, Matt “Cosmo” Walker! Yes, yes, Matt plays...drums, yes, for lack of a better word. And now we will go onto this part of the set which we call audience participation time, audience parti--heh. I can see the excitement in the crowd.
BC: Ladies and gentlemen, ladies and gentlemen, we have an announcement to make. This will be absolutely, positively and I guarantee you, the last audience participation segment, so...and you will be part of it so and you will be part of this historic moment, so be happy.
BC: Now, you may say, “Well, how can I get excited about something I don’t know about?” Well, audience participation time means we invite members of the audience on stage to dance.
Iha: Oh my god, you’re crazy!
BC: As chosen by Jimmy a.k.a. the green angel. Jimmy, choose tonight’s...
BC: ...and final dancers!
Iha: Final amount of dancers. Matt, could you give us a BPM Euro style? (Matt starts a beat) Oh yeah, come on rich people, get a party in your suits.
BC: Oh yeah! The other [unintelligible] special feet.
Iha: Let me see those hands in the air. Come on, sense of enthusiasm! Yeah!!! Who shall be the dancers tonight? The final round of the Smashing Pumpkin dancers. I’m quite mystified myself. Come on people, put your hands in the air so Jimmy can pick you. That’s right! I don’t care who you are, where you’re from, race, creed, color, sex, we want you to dance tonight.
BC: No, young lady, put your shirt down, yeah, put your shirt down now.
Iha: Young lady, put down your shirt down. We won’t choose you for that. [unintelligible] Let’s pick the dancers.
The End (tease - Billy sings a couple of lines)
BC: (singing) This is the end, my only friend, the end...
Iha: This is the end.
BC: (singing) My only friend, the end. (speaking) Who shall dance?
BC: Heh heh. Where is the green angel? Oh, heh heh, he’s all the way back there. Green angel. So....
Iha: He picked the dancers.
BC: We’d like to take this moment to thank you again for all coming to the show. We’re sorry we couldn’t be a better rock and roll band for you tonight, it just happens sometimes that we suck and tonight’s one of those nights, we won’t suck after this, I promise. So, hope you’ve all had a good time.
Iha: I think they would say in the business that we’re pretty loose tonight, so thanks for putting up with our odditudeness and [unintelligible word] pathos.
BC: I would call this--I would call this picking process kind of arduous at this moment.
BC: Well, where is the green angel?
Iha: Jimmy, where are you?
BC: There is the green angel!
Iha: We must carry on with the show.
BC: Can we have a spotlight on the green angel please?
Iha: We’re gonna have to start paying union over dues here if you don’t get back here on stage.
BC: Well, let’s--come over here. ... I’m sorry, the Smashing Pumpkins do not pick the dancers, it’s all the green angel. This way, if you’re not chosen, you cannot be mad at us.
Iha: Okay, there he is in the sun.
BC: Jimmy, oh green angel, how ‘bout some dancers? Oh-kay. As you can see, you can now tell why this is the final audience participation.... [tape cuts]
1979 (with Jimmy Flemion)
Iha: Well, wasn’t that quite [unintelligible]?
BC: A fine sendoff, I might add.
BC: That was a good death to that.
Iha: Heh. Well, that was quite interesting that--ladies and gentlemen, let’s have a warm round of applause for our dancers tonight. They tried valiantly on stage. We thank them very much.
BC: Like to play a couple old songs and then we’re gonna go home, so thanks a lot.
> Hummer (tease - about 40 seconds instrumental)