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Smashing Pumpkins @ United Palace Theatre, NYC – night two pics & both setlists

Photos by Chris La Putt

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“Now, it’s bad enough to subject your audience to about 40 minutes of abrasive, deliberately off-putting music, but it’s even more uncool to come back for an encore that mocks them for not being 100% with you, and feeling disappointed for not hearing more of what they expected to hear from a show billed as a 20th anniversary concert. In conventional show biz logic, if you’re going to go that far, you should at least leave the audience with a crowd-pleaser. In Billy Corgan logic, you come out and perform one of the lesser songs from your best-selling album, and then finish off with a song that mixes disingenuous hippy-dippy “everyone is beautiful!” lyrics with improvised sarcastic rants that outright diss the city you’re playing in, mock the fans for paying to see your band, and tell your visibly disappointed audience that you’ll see them in hell. It was full-on douche-tastic passive-aggression. It’s as if he set out to do this heel turn, and purposefully alienate as much of the audience as possible. Well, it worked. Believe me, unless you’ve witnessed other shows on this tour, it’s unlikely you’ve seen a more defeated audience exit from a rock show.” [Fluxblog, night one]

Pictures from Friday (11/7), and setlists from both of the shows they played at the United Palace in NYC, below…

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“More to the point, I found myself thinking about whether or not Corgan is noticing, as he plays the songs, that his compositions from the early to mid 90s are far more sophisticated and well constructed than his latest work, which mostly seems rather lazy and tossed-off. “99 Floors” and “Owata” are pleasant, but desperately need to be tightened up, as both go on too long, and just plod from part to part in a way that robs the chord changes and nice bits of melody of any impact. His work has become increasingly undisciplined, and it breaks my heart because he’s capable of such great things.” [Fluxblog, night two]

Nov 6, 2008 – United Palace setlist

Roctopus
Everybody Clap Your Hands
Tarantula
G.L.O.W.
Siva
Eye
Mayonaise
Tonight, Tonight
Speed Kills
Transformer
Superchrist
United States
Once Upon A Time
The Crux
The Rose March
Today
Bullet with Butterfly Wings
The Beginning is the End is the Beginning
Heavy Metal Machine
Glass
Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun
Encore

We Only Come Out at Night
Everything is Beautiful

Nov 7, 2008 – United Palace setlist

Ava Adore
Cupid de Locke
1979
99 Floors
Owata
Sunkissed
Soma
Cherub Rock
Zero
Bodies
Crestfallen
I of the Mourning
A Song for a Son
Landslide
Disarm
Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness
Galapogos
Gossamer
As Rome Burns
The Sounds of Silence
The March Hare
Suffer
Age of Innocence
Encore

That’s The Way (My Love Is)
I Am One Part 2

More tour dates HERE.

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