BY TER STAFF
In celebration of their huge 30th Anniversary, The Smashing Pumpkins kicked off their intimate anniversary tour at The Sylvee, Madison, WI’s brand new music venue. Less than two weeks removed from the November 16th release of the iconic alt rock band’s new album, Shiny And Oh So Bright, Vol. 1 / LP: No Past. No Future. No Sun (or “The Smashing Pumpkin’s new album” for short), there was no better place to catch a performance on Wednesday night.
Opening their set with with ‘Solora’, one of the records from the band’s new album, the band’s original members Billy Corgan, James Iha and Jimmy Chamberlin performed just four tracks from the LP (including live debuts of ‘Knights of Malta’ and ‘Travels’) with a ton of focus on their catalog of hits, rightfully so for an anniversary tour. While keeps fans entertained with classic Smashing Pumpkins tracks like ‘Today’ and a rare performance of ‘Dross’, Corgan and company switched things up with an awesome cover of The Cure’s classic track ‘Friday I’m in Love’.
While the Pumpkins recent summer arena tour filled the seats and was met with critical acclaim, Wednesday night’s performance was special on a completely different level. With edgy lighting and production completely different from their arena tour, a specially curated setlist to honor the band’s 30-year history and all in an intimate club setting, fans experienced a show that they’ll never forget.
And to cap off an already amazing night, The Smashing Pumpkins closed their set with ‘Heavy Metal Machine’, ‘Ava Adore’ and their hit single ‘1979’, only to return for not one but two encore performances, ending the night with ‘Siva’, the band’s first single from their debut album Gish. Everything came full circle on Wednesday night as Madison enjoyed The Smashing Pumpkins’ first 30 years.
Check out our photos from last night’s performance below and get your tickets for the band’s remaining available tour dates here.