TVD Live Shots: Smashing Pumpkins
and Metric at the
Oracle Arena, 8/27

The Smashing Pumpkins

The Smashing Pumpkins hit Oakland’s Oracle Arena on an otherwise quiet Monday night on their “Shiny and Oh So Bright Tour,” highlighting the return of original Pumpkins James Iha (guitar) and Jimmy Chamberlin (drums) to the stage.

Openers Metric kicked things off with a 45 minute set as the crowd slowly made their way into the arena. Never a line outside the venue and a slow but steady trickle belied what would eventually become a packed house as the Pumpkins 8:15 pm set time approached.

The Smashing Pumpkins

The set kicked off with a retrospective Smashing Pumpkins video on the enormous screens at the back of the stage as “Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness” played. The screens finally went black and parted in the middle as Billy Corgan stepped onto the stage with only an acoustic guitar and launched into a truly epic rendition of “Disarm.”

The rest of the band joined Billy on stage and they collectively proceeded to blow the roof off of the Oracle Arena with a 3 hour set that, not surprisingly, drew heavily from the band’s first five albums with special attention given to Siamese Dream and Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness. In retrospect, it’s pretty amazing how much great music was produced in a less than 10 year period. For even the casual fan, the night’s setlist delivered favorite after favorite.

With the promise of new material from the reunited Corgan/ Iha/ Chamberlin line-up, Smashing Pumpkins fans are no doubt curious if the trio can find the creative spark that had them ruling the airwaves in the ’90s.

The Smashing Pumpkins

The Smashing Pumpkins

The Smashing Pumpkins

The Smashing Pumpkins

The Smashing Pumpkins

The Smashing Pumpkins

The Smashing Pumpkins

The Smashing Pumpkins

The Smashing Pumpkins

The Smashing Pumpkins

The Smashing Pumpkins

The Smashing Pumpkins

The Smashing Pumpkins

The Smashing Pumpkins

The Smashing Pumpkins

The Smashing Pumpkins

The Smashing Pumpkins

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The Smashing Pumpkins

The Smashing Pumpkins

METRIC

Metric

Metric

SETLIST
Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness
Disarm
Rocket
Siva
Rhinoceros
Space Oddity (David Bowie cover)
Drown
Zero Speech Interlude
Zero
The Everlasting Gaze
Stand Inside Your Love
Thirty-Three
Eye
Soma
Blew Away
For Martha
To Sheila
Mayonaise
Porcelina of the Vast Oceans
Landslide (Fleetwood Mac cover)
Tonight, Tonight
Stairway to Heaven (Led Zeppelin cover)
Cherub Rock
Radio Intro
1979
Ava Adore
Try, Try, Try
The Beginning Is the End Is the Beginning
Hummer
Today
Bullet With Butterfly Wings
Muzzle

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