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Smashing Pumpkins began tour, actually covered “Stairway to Heaven” (setlist, videos)

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Smashing Pumpkins at Gila River Arena – 7/12/18 (photo via @bailed_out_buddha)

The Smashing Pumpkins prefaced their sorta-reunion tour (with original members Billy Corgan, James Iha, and Jimmy Chamberlin in tow) with a couple warm-up shows, and the proper tour began last night (7/12) at Glendale, AZ’s Gila River Arena. They had hinted at some covers for this tour, including “Stairway to Heaven,” though some people wondered if that was just Billy trolling. It was not trolling, as the band played it last night. They also covered David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” and did their version of Fleetwood Mac’s “Landslide,” plus tons of classics, including the deep cut “Blew Away” (the b-side of the “Disarm” single), which they hadn’t played live since 2000. They also did “Disarm,” “Rocket,” “Rhinoceros,” “Zero,” “Soma,” “Mayonaise,” “Tonight, Tonight,” “Cherub Rock,” “1989,” “Today,” the “reunion” lineup’s new song “Solara,” and still much more. Check out the full setlist, and videos of the Zeppelin and Bowie covers, below.

Almost all dates on the tour (including MSG on 8/1) are being opened by Metric, who released new song “Dark Saturday” last night.

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Smashing Pumpkins at Gila River Arena – 7/12/18 Setlist (via)
Space Oddity (David Bowie cover)
The Everlasting Gaze
Stand Inside Your Love
Blew Away (First performance since 2000)
For Martha
To Sheila
Porcelina of the Vast Oceans
Landslide (Fleetwood Mac cover)
Tonight, Tonight
Stairway to Heaven (Led Zeppelin cover)
Cherub Rock
Ava Adore
Try, Try, Try (First performance since 2008)
The Beginning Is the End Is the Beginning
Bullet With Butterfly Wings

Baby Mine ([Disney] cover)

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