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Re: “The Smashing Pumpkins, Liz Phair

This was, by far, the absolute worst concert I've seen of a band with that much notoriety. Billy Corgan was tossing guitar picks at the audience like bits of feed at a petting zoo. The show began with just Corgan and a guitar, which I've seen other artists do before, a great way to warm up the audience, get some new material out, or material that doesn't mix well with the rest of the show before the band joins in... but he never gave the waiting crowd the punch they were so patiently waiting for. They all looked like they just woke up. There was no production value, or at least really bad and minimal. The screen behind the stage was reminiscent of the days when your mom used to get everybody dressed up and head to Sears for the yearly family photo. You know, when they are trying to decide how they want the photo's to look and they have those role up shades with different types of scenery? Yeah, it was like that. I even thought it may have been something already at the venue that's used for low budget acts and non profits or something. I had heard he had issues with crew members in the past, difficult to work with - and I get it, you're sad. But please don't sell me tickets to your depression. I don't know if you've heard, but we've got it in spades in this country. This reeked of self indulgence. They had a drum set on stage and on at least two songs a drum track was used. Lame, especially considering what talent they have in a drummer. Not to mention he played two awkward covers, Space Odyssey, Bowie and Angie by The Stones. What the Hell? I did buy a t-shirt before the show because the artwork was decent and I was expecting to get SOME enjoyment out of the evening. The t-shirt says "Zero" at the bottom. He didn't play that song. We decided to leave early, but just as we turned to go, the house lights started to come up, no encore. I must say though, the audience did not cheer for one, maybe they were as bored as we were. And that was it. I've seen A LOT of concerts in my day, it's just what I do and this was pure garbage. He did play 1979, but he phoned it in, it was all phoned in. I guess they will always be part of the soundtrack of my life at a time when I was young and out of my hometown and seeing for the first time what was really going on out there in the world, but I have definitely lost respect. Peace.

Posted by Lolita on 04/24/2016 at 2:55 AM


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