The Smashing Pumpkins 1996-12-16

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December 16, 1996 – San Jose, CA, US
Live performance by The Smashing Pumpkins
Infinite Sadness tour
DateDecember 16, 1996
VenueSan Jose Arena
Coordinates37°19′58″N 121°54′4″W
LocationSan Jose, CA, US
Venue typeArena
PersonnelBilly Corgan, James Iha, D'arcy Wretzky, Matt Walker, Dennis Flemion
Order of bandsGarbage, The Smashing Pumpkins

Rescheduled from August 18, 1996 due to the death of Jonathan Melvoin.

Full performance

Setlist[edit | edit source]

  1. "Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness" (prerecorded) 
  2. "Where Boys Fear to Tread
  3. "Zero
  4. "Fuck You
  5. "By Starlight
  6. "Tonight, Tonight
  7. "Today
  8. "Cherub Rock
  9. "Thru the Eyes of Ruby
  10. "Drown" [5:44] 
    1. "Hummer(tease) 
  11. "Thirty-Three(acoustic) 
  12. "Take Me Down(tease) (acoustic) (first verse) 
  13. "Disarm(acoustic) 
  14. "Bullet with Butterfly Wings
  15. "Farewell and Goodnight(tease) 
  16. "Muzzle

Encore one[edit | edit source]

  1. "Porcelina of the Vast Oceans
    1. "Rocket(tease) 

Encore two[edit | edit source]

  1. "Blissed and Gone(tease) 
  2. "X.Y.U.

Encore three[edit | edit source]

  1. "The Aeroplane Flies High (Turns Left, Looks Right)
  2. "Silverfuck" [31:35] 
    1. "Dose" [Filter(tease) 

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • Final performance of "Take Me Down" at any length

Banter[edit | edit source]

Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness Intro
> Where Boys Fear to Tread
> Zero
Fuck You
BC: Good evening. Thank you very much.
By Starlight
“Thank you for participating” tape
> Tonight, Tonight
Iha: (weird voice) Good evening, good evening, ladies and gentlemen. (normal) How are you? We're glad you could all rock out with us tonight. We just would like to invoke some safety, please don't crush any people up here in the front and don't step on anybody. Because today is a heck of a day.
BC: Yes. Now...we only have one, one, one thing to ask you. That is please do not throw objects at the stage. If you throw objects at the stage, we will not play. If you want to be the one who stops the concert because you must throw your shoe at me, then let everyone around you hate you.
Iha: ...beat you up. Because today could be such a nice day. Let’s have one of those.
BC: Yeah, and uh, to the guy in the back pointing the gun sight at my head, go fuck yourself ‘cause I'm sick of that shit. Do not make me come out there and kill you myself.
Iha: Heh heh heh. We have resorted to these tactics before.
BC: That's it, have a good time, enjoy the show. Do not throw objects at the Smashing Pumpkins! Or you may found--you may find that, heh, we aren't so smashing.
Cherub Rock
> Planet of the Apes clip
> Thru the Eyes of Ruby
BC: Thank you.
> Hummer (tease)
BC: Thanks a lot. Like to play our new single, this is called Thirty-three.
Thirty-three (acoustic)
Take Me Down (acoustic, verse 1 only)
> Disarm (acoustic)
Circus tape
> Bullet with Butterfly Wings
BC: Thank you very much for your response to our hit song.
Iha: (screams) ... So what do you guys want to hear? Do you want to hear Bush? Heh. Do you wanna hear No Doubt or something? We aim to please. What do you want to hear? Rock and roll.
BC: Hasn't anyone told you that rock and roll is (laughing) dead?
Iha: Oh my god. You heard it here on the stage first: rock and roll is dead.
BC: We're very happy to have help killed it. And just when the ship’s about to go under, we're about to jump off like some African rats and just find another ship.
Iha: Yes. We're going to another land after this tour. We're going to the other side of the moon where that, uh--they found that water.
BC: Thank you for your support. Just remember, the boos sound just like cheers to us.
(crowd boos)
Iha: Yes.
BC: Ah, come on, have a sense of humor.
Farewell and Goodnight (partial, mostly Iha solo)
> Muzzle
BC: Thank you, thank you.
[encore break]
BC: Thank you. Put your space helmets on.
Porcelina of the Vast Oceans
> Rocket (tease)
BC: Thank you.
[encore break]
Iha: (howls) Heh. I'm sorry, I just lost my mind for a second there. How is everybody? Good? Are you still with us? Southern California, are you still with us? Yes? Rockin’. Ooh, ho ho, you guys....
BC: James, we're not in (laughing) Southern California.
Iha: Oh! Detroit! Put your (trails off laughing).... Alright, uh, Nevada.
BC: Most people don't know this but he is a robot. He's not a real human being, hence his mistake, it's a program area. It's not a can't hold him accountable for anything.
Iha: Yeah.
BC: That's why he smells so bad, ‘cause you can't even put him in the shower.
Iha: Yeah. I'm sorry.
BC: And as you can tell tonight, his batteries are low.
Iha: I can only offer up a complete rock and roll cliche apology.
BC: Yes, please boo.
Iha: How about this, how about I rock you on this next song as an apology?
Blissed and Gone (tease - basically one verse + chorus with interruptions from Iha)
BC: (singing) The sun has gone / The rays have left / All the kids have left their ears and gone home
Iha: Ooh.
BC: (singing) Sweet 17
Iha: Yeah.
BC: (singing) Sour 29
Iha: Know where you’ve been.
BC: (singing) And I can’t explain myself what I hoped to find / You’re all so kind without her here
Iha: Been there, done that.
BC: (singing) Baby I need you around / Baby I need you around
Iha: Come on!
BC: (singing) Maybe I need you / Maybe I need you for myself / Baby I need you around.... (speaking) Alright! Cover your ears...young ones. We're about to hurt you.
[encore break]
Iha: Thanks, thanks a lot, you guys have been great. We will now travel off into outer space. Thanks for everyone or thanks--thanks to everyone. I gotta go back to college one of these days and uh, I’ll see you on the other side of the moon.
The Aeroplane Flies High
> Silverfuck / Dose
BC: Thanks for stickin’ around, thanks a lot.

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