The Smashing Pumpkins 1997-01-30

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January 30, 1997 – Richmond, VA, US
Live performance by The Smashing Pumpkins
Infinite Sadness tour
DateJanuary 30, 1997
VenueRichmond Coliseum
Coordinates37°32′41″N 77°26′4″W
LocationRichmond, VA, US
Venue typeArena
PersonnelBilly Corgan, James Iha, D'arcy Wretzky, Matt Walker, Dennis Flemion, Jimmy Flemion
Order of bandsFountains of Wayne, The Smashing Pumpkins

Rescheduled from November 9, 1996 due to Billy Corgan being ill.

Setlist[edit | edit source]

  1. "Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness" (prerecorded) 
  2. "Tonight, Tonight
  3. "Cherub Rock
  4. "Where Boys Fear to Tread
  5. "Rhinoceros
  6. "Rocket
  7. "Zero
  8. "Fuck You
  9. "Porcelina of the Vast Oceans
  10. "1979
  11. "Thirty-Three(acoustic) 
  12. "Bullet with Butterfly Wings
  13. "Muzzle
  14. "Disarm
  15. "Thru the Eyes of Ruby

Encore one[edit | edit source]

  1. "Drown" [5:30] 
    1. "Hummer(tease) 
  2. "X.Y.U.

Encore two[edit | edit source]

  1. "The Aeroplane Flies High (Turns Left, Looks Right)
  2. "Silverfuck" [29:27] 
    1. "Space Jam
    2. "Spiders(tease) 

Notes[edit | edit source]

Banter[edit | edit source]

Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness Intro
> Tonight, Tonight
> Cherub Rock (abandoned after first drumroll)
BC: [2 unintelligible words], can you put the lights on for a second? (crowd screaming) Everybody, how’s it going? If you’ll excuse me for a second, I have to throw somebody out who’s throwing shit at my head. I want you to throw a couple out, please. Somebody, security, hello, anybody? Thank you. Uh...let’s see, yeah, your right, to the left, you guys know, you can--right there, point the two kids out that were throwing stuff, out you go, fuck off, get a life. Those two right there. Hi! See ya, hope you have a nice life.
Iha: We genuinely don’t like stuff being thrown at us, uh, I’m so sad. [unintelligible].
BC: I’m glad you made [unintelligible word] on the crowd, okay, back to the concert.
Cherub Rock
> Where Boys Fear to Tread
BC: Hi, good evening everybody. Thank you for coming to our rescheduled concert. We’re very sorry we had to postpone the first time, but I could not talk and uh, we appreciate you waiting around for us to come, all this time. We’re almost at the end of our insanely long world tour and um, we’re very happy to be here tonight, we hope you have a good time. This is an old song, it’s called Rhinoceros.
> Zero
Fuck You
> Porcelina of the Vast Oceans
Iha: Thank you. Thanks a lot. And now, ladies and gentlemen, we turn to show business. Since we are playing an arena, we thought we’d give you your money’s worth. We’d like to bring a very special guest onto the stage. A good friend of ours from Milwaukee, ladies and gentlemen, of the band the Frogs, put your hands together for Jimmy Frog! Jimmy fuckin’ Frog. I can tell you accept it. On this next song, Jimmy shall lead us into a frenzy of boogie.
BC: Do you think we need to do something drastic at this particular moment, James?
Iha: They might have to, they might have to. Old school--
BC: We want you all to have a good time, and call us crazy but we sense that you’re not having as good a time right now as you’d like to have, so we may have to do something very drastic at this particular moment to get you all excited so that you may enjoy the rest of the concert and there can tolerate our long-winded songs.
Iha: Jimmy, can you remedy that?
BC: Jimmy, what do you think?
Iha: Can I get a witness?
BC: Jimmy will now go in the crowd and choose some dancers...for the next song.
Iha: Who wants--
BC: --to dance?
Iha: Come on...
BC: Grab a few people.
Iha: ...who will he pick tonight?
(Matt starts a house beat)
Iha: Okay, all you have to do is put your--
Jimmy Frog: Oh yeah!!
Iha: Put your fuckin’ hands in the air so [unintelligible word], so Jimmy Flemion can pick you. Oh yeah, to feel it, you gotta jump for joy, people. Come on! Jimmy Frog, pick our dancers. Put your hands in the air like you just don’t fuckin’ care, come on Richmond!
BC: We’re taking a giant step backwards so that we can go forward if you know what I’m saying.
Iha: Ow!!
BC: That was so messed up, that [unintelligible word]. One giant leap for mankind. I see he’s chosen some alternative young kids.
Iha: [unintelligible].
BC: Matt, play something a little more...funky.
(Matt changes to a hip hop beat)
Iha: Give us a slow jam, come on people, let’s kick it--
BC: We’re kickin’ it like the Fugees, if you remember who they are.
Iha: Come on, Jimmy, have you found our dancers? [unintelligible], Jimmy. (Matt stops) Wow.
BC: Normally we would let you introduce yourselves, but seeing as you’ve already introduced yourselves, we won’t let you introduce yourselves.
Iha: [1-2 unintelligible words] Don’t have to interview them.
BC: They can’t dance from their knees if you know what I’m saying.
Iha: Stop sniveling.
BC: We all get the title of James’s solo record...
Iha: (laughing) Geez.
BC: cannot dance from your knees.
Iha: (laughing) Stop sniveling, get up and dance.
BC: Oh, James.
Iha: Yeah.
BC: Alright people. James, would you like to give the dancers their instructions and lead us into the song?
Iha: Okay, two rules for our dancers on stage tonight. People, are you listening?
Jimmy Frog: Yo.
Iha: So, two rules for our dancers on stage: Do not touch us, do not touch our shit.
Jimmy Frog: Alright.
Iha: For those of you who cannot dance with us on stage, I encourage you to dance on stage but do it in your mind, the power of the mind is a great one.
BC: A latecomer.
1979 (with Jimmy Flemion)
Iha: Damn. That was uh, kinda rude.
BC: What’s the matter, you didn’t [unintelligible word] the dancers?
Iha: Now, a fine round of applause for our dancers tonight.
BC: That is entertainment value for your money.
Iha: Perhaps some of you are shocked by what just happened, we can only say that we will continue on with the show.
BC: This is called Thirty-three.
Thirty-three (acoustic)
Circus tape
> Bullet with Butterfly Wings
Iha: Thank you very much. Oh, what a night tonight is. How’s everybody, still goin’ strong? Alright. We have a more pajamas for you.
BC: Is everybody in the back okay, can you hear okay?
Iha: Let the fans [2 unintelligible words].
BC: What’s that--what’s that thing say you gotta over there, “Can I ask a” what? “Can I ask a...question?” No, you cannot ask a question.
Iha: Oh--
BC: We do not take questions or requests anymore, that was the old days, if anyone saw us back in the old days when we were young and beautiful.
Iha: You could’ve asked questions [unintelligible], it was a cozy setup for those of you are just dreaming about the technical aspects of playing.
BC: Yeah.
Iha: Philosophical aspects [unintelligible] and some analogies to [unintelligible word] the songs.
D’arcy: You know, James, in the old days you could ask and we wouldn’t answer, but now you can’t even ask.
Iha: [unintelligible noise].
BC: There’s those mean Pumpkins again, heh. Again, thank you very much, it’s really nice to be here and uh, we can’t say it enough. Like I said, it’s almost the end of our tour and then we’re going a little crazy, so if we seem crazy, it’s because we are crazy. (crowd goes crazy)
Iha: Alright, let’s get to rockin’.
BC: You like the crazy, huh? (crowd cheers) Ack, who’s crazy, get it fuckin’ out of your mind, you.
> Planet of the Apes clip
> Thru the Eyes of Ruby
[encore break]
Iha: Wow. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
> Hummer (tease)
BC: (every word drawn out) Thank you very much. (normal) Can everyone stand one atomic blast? (crowd cheers) I’m not so sure. (crowd cheers) Cool, good to know. We know we sound like a broken record but we really do appreciate you being here tonight with us, thanks a lot. If we don’t see ya again, have a nice year, have a, month, um....
Iha: Make good on those New Year’s resolutions.
BC: (laughing) New Year’s resolution?
Iha: Yes. I thought about reading some fun books this year, that was my resolution.
BC: (patronizing voice) My New Year’s resolution is to come to Richmond more often. (crowd cheers) (long scream) (scream) (short scream) Sorry, just had to get that out. Ow! Alright, you’ve been warned. James, let ‘em know what’s up.
Iha: This next song is called (whispers) X...Y...U.
[encore break]
Iha: Thanks again, [unintelligible]. [unintelligible]. There’s a couple of really strange and interesting people right on the front, we’re gonna have them sit on the stage--not dance, no dancing, we’ve, we’re done with the boogie factor.
BC: Come on, ladies. Even though I’m not into the pumpkin thing, you’ve taken it so far, [2-3 unintelligible words] to an exhibit.
Iha: You’ve gone beyond any [unintelligible word] for sure. Uh, where are they gonna sit? Okay.
BC: On the edge of the stage where I sat for the [1-2 unintelligible words].
Iha: We got one over here, so this is a [unintelligible].
BC: As they say, A for effort.
Iha: You gots a--
BC: So this is the part of the show where we just come out and talk, we don’t really play anymore, so...goodnight! Okay, okay, it’s a tried and true schtick but whatever. This next song is called The Aeroplane Flies High.
The Aeroplane Flies High
> Silverfuck / Space Jam / Spiders
Iha: Thanks so much, [unintelligible]. [4 unintelligible words], thanks, bye.

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