The Smashing Pumpkins have been the subject of a lot of fan backlash regarding a two-night anniversary show the band played in New York City to celebrate 20 years as a band.
The shows, which were the band's first in the city in nine years, left much to be desired by fans. The first night featured a few of the band's hits, such as "Today" and their newest single "G.L.O.W." but was still noticeably lacking in fan-favorites. The set list also featured an awkward rendition of "Heavy Metal Machine" and a cover of Pink Floyd's "Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun". The evening dragged on until the very end, where singer Billy Corgan mocked all the fans that were leaving the show early.
Things didn't get too much better on day two. The show started off strongly enough with appearances by mega-hit songs like "Cherub Rock" and "1979" but quickly died down to another night of the band lifelessly droning through their back-catalog with the occasional cover thrown in. Things got interesting halfway through the set, however, when Corgan allowed a fan to take the stage and express his opinion of the prior night's show. The fan promptly exclaimed, "Last night's show fucking sucked" to a mixture of applause and booing from the crowd. When asked by Corgan if he would like his money back, he said "No" while many in the crowd could be heard screaming "Yes!" Corgan let the kid go back into the crowd saying they were "good" but promptly took the microphone again and mockingly added, "By the way, I like that song you wrote: 'Take Your Dick out Of My Ass and Stick It in My Mouth.'" Footage of this can be found here.
Night two eventually ended in a half-hour long jam session and again saw many fans leaving the show early.
The band is currently touring in support of their 20th Anniversary. Hopefully the band was just having an off couple of nights and get back to their usual awesome selves soon.
Report by David Lowe-Bianco.