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Friday, September 14, 2007

Smashing Pumpkins Concert Review

I have to start out by saying it was so amazing to be at any concert since I hadn't for years... but to jumpstart the whole concert enjoyment experience with the Smashing Pumpkins was almost just too much! I was giddy like a teenager by the time I got to the Palms. All Bryan could do much of the evening was laugh and shake his head.

The opening band was okay, but I can't find any information on them anywhere on the internet, so either I have the name totally wrong (probably the case) or they were only a figment of my imagination. I thought they were called The 80 (pronounced Eight-O), and they were actually pretty good, but the crowd was not having it - opening bands never get any respect, do they? If I can find anything on them or if someone can correct me on who the hell it was... thanks.

SP has been through some member changes over the years, so I really wasn't all that concerned about James Iha and D'arcy not being there. However, I wasn't seeing a whole lot of comraderie with their replacments. Jimmy Chamberlain is back on drums and the bond between Jimmy and Billy was there, at least...

I was really worried I'd be stuck in a concert hall with a bunch of teenagers, and I was pleasantly surprised that the median age was somewhere around my own! The Pearl concert hall was really cool - it was small enough to have a good seat no matter where you were, and the sound was incredible.

The set list was really pretty impressive, although they did miss a few of my favorites (i.e. Mayonaise). There was an awesome acoustic set of songs, such as "1979" and "Perfect", and of course Billy still has that angry scream I love so much!

My hearing has been pretty bad today (I'm getting old) and I'm exhausted because I didn't get to bed until about 1:00 a.m. Work suffered most of the consequences; I was there, but only physically taking up space, heh. However, it was all worth it, because I had an absolute blast and seriously enjoyed the show!!


Barbara (aka Layla) said...

AWESOME! I'm so glad you got to go and had fun!! I love the feeling of anticipation and then the actuall concert and then the after excitement....hopefully you won't get the "post concert blues" tomorrow!

Anonymous said...

The opening band is "the 88s".

LoraLoo said...

Barbara: No post concert blues, still enjoying the afterglow. :)

Anonymous: Thank you!!

ScrapAddictNV said...

I miss Bryan, haven't talked to him in ages - he's never online. How is he? We had such fun seeing the Family Values Tour ages ago. Tell him to drop me an email!

An80sNut said...

Odd for you to mention the 88 (www.the88.net) as I threw something about them in the newsletter this week. (I got an email about the show from Dad. The son of a friend of his is in the band.)

I'm happy that you got to see them. I really do need to go pick up Mellon Collie & The Infinite Sadness again. Co-purchased it with my friend Tracy and let her keep it. The 'best of' misses a lot of good songs. Sorry to hear they missed a few favorites of yours during the show but glad you enjoyed. Give Bryan my best, will ya. And good luck on recovering your hearing.

Anonymous said...

I can't wait. I'm in Utah and the concert is in a little over a week. Wow I remember the Smashing Pumpkins coming in '95. That was an amazing concert. I was a little worried that he wouldn't play his old stuff and it would all be off the new cd, which I just purchased. I'm glad to hear they did. I really hope he plays mayonaise...my favorite!