Review: The Smashing Pumpkins @ Frank Erwin Center – Austin

Review by Joshua Guerra | @joshguerra13

The Smashing Pumpkins. One of the greatest 90’s alternative rock bands reunited their original lineup and gracefully shared the stage at The Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas.

They opened the night pretty strong and hard hitting with the heart busting song, Disarm. This song really hits the heart of Billy Corgan growing up with family troubles and it faced some backlash amongst several radio stations and outlets due to the lyrics. The screen behind the band showed childhood photos of Corgan growing up and some of them marked over his face with a black marker.

It was a night of a setlist of more than 30 songs to be performed and a performance of over 2-hours, and it was a night to never forget.

Billy Corgan sounded great after many years of performing on stage. A lot of vocalists lose their distinct voice growing older, but Corgan sounded as great as he does on the records and that’s a reason they put on an amazing live show. Several different stage setups and outfit changes kept the crowd alive through all 31 songs and it was like a theatrical performance.

The flow of the show balanced out starting a little strong then going a little mellow and rising back up to energetic and this was the vibe of the show throughout the night.

The big hits such as “Zero,” “Thirty-Three,” “Mayonaise,” “Tonight Tonight,” “Cherub Rock,” and “1979,” all got played and that’s when the crowd rose to their feet and started jamming out from their seats.

As the intro to Fleetwood Mac’s “Landslide,” began to the play, cheers from the crowd erupted as this was a well known cover song The Smashing Pumpkins have done before. Another cover song that was performed was “Stairway To Heaven,” by Led Zeppelin which got the crowd on their feet and singing along as Pallbearers held a shrine of the Virgin Mary and walked around the seated floor from one side of the stage to the other.

Getting to the end of the set, fans were eagerly waiting for two specific songs and that’s when Corgan hit them with the opening notes of “Today,” which immediately then followed by the hit song “Bullet With Butterfly Wings,” and the crowd just went insane from then on till the rest of the show.

Getting to see some of the original members reunite for this tour has been a great experience and they sound amazing, like back in the 90’s.


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