The Smashing Pumpkins 1997-01-29
|January 29, 1997 – University Park, PA, US|
|Live performance by The Smashing Pumpkins|
|Infinite Sadness tour|
|Date||January 29, 1997|
|Venue||Bryce Jordan Center|
|Location||University Park, PA, US|
|Personnel||Billy Corgan, James Iha, D'arcy Wretzky, Matt Walker, Dennis Flemion, Jimmy Flemion|
|Order of bands||Fountains of Wayne, The Smashing Pumpkins|
Rescheduled from November 8, 1996 due to Billy Corgan falling ill.
Setlist[edit | edit source]
- "Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness" (prerecorded)
- "Tonight, Tonight"
- "Cherub Rock"
- "Where Boys Fear to Tread"
- "Fuck You"
- "Porcelina of the Vast Oceans"
- "Thirty-Three" (acoustic)
- "Bullet with Butterfly Wings"
- "Thru the Eyes of Ruby"
Encore one[edit | edit source]
Encore two[edit | edit source]
- "Silverfuck" [26:21]
- "The Aeroplane Flies High (Turns Left, Looks Right)" (tease) (clips)
- "Space Jam"
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: Hi, good evening, thank you. Thank you very much for coming tonight, it’s very nice to see you. Thanks for waiting us--uh, for us to come, we’re sorry we had to cancel before. For those of you who don’t know, I had to cancel because my voice was gone and I read some shit somewhere where somebody accused me of bowing out of the show for the wrong reasons, which is a bunch of bullshit. In nine years with the Pumpkins, I’ve only had to cancel four shows because of my voice and I was very sorry and very reluctant to do it, but I was told if I sang, I might lose my voice for good, so to those of you who doubted that, fuck off. To those of you who waited, thank you. This is an oldie, this is called Rhinoceros.
Porcelina of the Vast Oceans
Iha: Gracias, thank you, thank you very much. How was that, was that a little too psychedelic for you or was that--was that groovy?
BC: James, this may sound strange...well, you should introduce Jimmy first. Jimmy, go ahead and do what you’re gonna do.
Iha: Alright, I will give an introduction to our special guest. Ladies and gentlemen, we have brought him all the way from Milwaukee, of the band called The Frogs, ladies and gentlemen, Jimmy Frog! Yes, there he is making his way. Now Jimmy’s purpose may seem unclear but....
BC: Four people, Jimmy! Four people, please.
Iha: Jimboy--Jimmy will lead us into the next song.
BC: Jimmy. Jimmy! Oh, Jimmy! JIMMY!
Iha: He doesn’t hear us.
BC: Jimmy, heh heh. Bring ‘em up on stage please.
Iha: Jimmy will choose four dancers.
BC: Just four people, please, just four people.
Iha: Not seven, not 20. Four people are now being chosen to dance.
BC: What we’re about to have here is a classic moment, James.
Iha: We’re going back to old school Pumpkins showbiz concert.
BC: That’s right. Just like the old days, these four people are now going to be brought on stage to dance. And, for their efforts, they will be rewarded a special prize by me, Billy Corgan. (sound of girls screaming as they come on stage) Oh my god.
Iha: Well, we’ve been composed. Psycho--psychopaths on stage.
BC: Try not to knock the guitar out of tune, honey. Hi.
Iha: Well, you invite a psychopath on stage and that’s what happens.
BC: Okay, you got four? Hold on, hold on. Hold on, yeah, of course, hold on.
Girl #1: (off mic) I love you. I love you, Billy!
BC: Hey, wait.
Iha: Alright, don’t lose it yet.
BC: Okay, wait. You have to do something first and then you will get a special prize.
Girl #1: (off mic) Okay.
BC: Okay, first, we want you to introduce yourself to everyone, tell ‘em who you are and where you’re from.
Girl #1: Hi, I’m Shelley Anderson from Roonola and I love Billy, woohoo!
Iha: Alright, settle down.
Girl #2: Hi, I’m Erika Haber from Roonola and I love Billy, wooooooo!!!
Iha: Alright, just settle down.
Girl #2: (off mic) Oh my god!
BC: Here, pass the mic.
Girl #3: Hi, I’m Gabby from Harrisburg and I have to say, I love The Frogs.
Jimmy Frog: Ah.
Girl #4: Hi, I’m Jessica from Harrisburg and I love Smashing Pumpkiiiins!
Iha: Word, word.
BC: Well, nice to see that Pennsylvania has some beautiful young ladies in attendance tonight. Ladies, please listen.
D’arcy: I wanna know what they win.
BC: Heh heh heh heh. Oh, what they win? Hold on.
D’arcy: Do I get one?
BC: I’ll explain that as soon as--okay, first off, you are required to dance. Okay, that’s good. I’m glad you understand the meaning of that word. Okay? Second of all, we have a couple rules. Do not touch us, which of course you’ve already broken that rule. Second of all, don’t touch our shit, which you’ve broken that rule also. But in this classic moment, this classic return to form, we are going to award you a special prize. Now, you girls are sitting up there, right? Now, some lame people had good tickets down there didn’t show up, so after you finish dancing, you go down, sit down there in their seats ‘cause they’re lame and they didn’t show up, that’s your prize. I see no one likes their prize.
BC: Okay. I think that’s a good prize.
Iha: Second row. So I encourage you all to....
BC: Of course, they’ll be detached from their friends and never return home, but that’s not my fault.
Iha: And now, for all of those who cannot dance with us on stage, I encourage you to dance but do it in your mind. Yes, the power of the mind.
(BC over ending: Ladies and gentlemen, Jimmy!...Frog.)
Iha: Oh my. Well...that was some interesting dancing. Let’s uh, let’s have a round of applause for Jimmy Frog. Jimmy Frog, doin’ it here in State College. And a fine round of applause for our dancers. They’re not exactly what I thought but yeah, nevertheless, a fine effort.
BC: You didn’t like the dancers? (crowd boos)
Iha: Please don’t boo them.
BC: You’re booing your own children.
Iha: Yeah, heh.
BC: Children of your own state.
Iha: This--this guy here says “Yeah!” Well, they--it was a fine effort, they tried.
BC: You want us to take their prize away? (crowd cheers) Maybe I should go make ‘em sit way up there. (crowd cheers)
BC: Heh heh heh.
Iha: This is a mob mentality.
BC: Hey, what’s up, all you people up there?
Iha: All the way to the back, how you feelin’?
Jimmy Frog: Oh yeah!
Iha: Underneath the American flag.
BC: Kickin’ it with America.
Iha: Heh. All the people to the left, how ya doin’? (screams) I like the people to the left, I have a good view of ‘em. And of course, the people to the right?! Come on!
D’arcy: Yo. I think the people to the right like us better than the people to the left.
Iha: Oh my--oh my god! You’re crazy, oh my god.
BC: Okay, great, that was really nice, now we wanna bring you back down to earth with a little song called Thirty-three.
> Bullet with Butterfly Wings (abandoned after Billy forgets the words on line 4 of verse 1)
BC: Oh, I lost my place.
(BC over the end of the tape: I’m really sorry, heh heh.)
> Bullet with Butterfly Wings
(BC at beginning of chorus 3 (the acapella one): Deeees... What’s the next line? (he then laughs through the next few lines))
Iha: Yeees, thank you. We had the remixed version on the first one and then you got the [unintelligible word] version on the next one. See, we’re getting old and decrepit and the mind fails after a while. The body begins to fail as well. You see, we’re getting old, time is running out, the millennium’s coming, I can’t say anything positive any more. Let’s talk about uh....
BC: Does anyone know what the fuck you’re saying, James?
Iha: I’m talking about the future, man.
BC: You’re mumbling.
Iha: Uh, it’s becau--
BC: Ash--see, James went to--James....
Iha: [2 unintelligible words] see, I can’t hear you ‘cause I’m in not in your fuckin’ monitors!
Iha: They’re only hearing he--right here.
BC: No, but they said they can’t tell what you’re saying. Right? (crowd cheers) Can’t tell a goddamn word you’re sayin’, James.
Iha: Well of course if you ask them, they’re gonna say “Yeah!”
BC: Are you--wait a second, wait a second, you went to fuckin’ college! Speak clearly.
Iha: I am speaking clearly. You see, I’m not in your monitors and if you ask them something, they’re gonna say “Yeah.”
BC: Alright. In your normal tone of voice, ask a question.
Iha: Is he a motherfucker? (crowd cheers) See, they responded.
BC: Did you say “Can I borrow money?”
BC: Uh oh, heh heh. When D’arcy goes over there, there’s trouble. ... Sorry, we realize this isn’t entertaining at all, it’s just our little thing we need to work out.
Iha: We enjoy attacking each other on stage, you see.
D’arcy: See, there he goes again, this has been a problem for 10 years. 10 long years, we can’t understand James, he can say anything he wants about us.
BC: And probably has.
Iha: It’s all out.
BC: See, as you know, you don’t have to speak on the catwalk. Hahaha.
Iha: Oh boy.
BC: Go ahead, knock me down, go ahead.
Iha: That was rough. That was rough. See, John Sherman, if you could put me in all the monitors when we talk in between songs, we won’t have this problem. So Bruce, between--in every, in every song, Bruce, put me at full volume so they can hear me.
BC (over Iha’s last sentence): I don’t want you in my fuckin’...! I don’t want you in my monitor! (laughing) I don’t want you in my monitor! I don’t wanna hear your fuckin’ mumbling voice in my monitor.
Iha: Well, aren’t we bitchy?
BC: You know what you need, James?
Iha: I need to get off tour, heh.
BC: No, heh heh.
Iha: As we all do.
BC: You know what you need, you need to put that thing on your head up.... Sieg? Next song, see? You need a....
Iha: Oh. This next song is called Muuuzzle.
> Planet of the Apes clip
> Thru the Eyes of Ruby
BC: Thank you all very much.
> Hummer (tease)
BC: Thank you all very much.
Siva / Spiders
Silverfuck / The Aeroplane Flies High (clips) / Space Jam