Smashing Pumpkins played 1st “reunion” show, covered Joy Divison with AFI’s Davey Havok
The Smashing Pumpkins are set to properly begin their sorta-reunion tour (original members Billy Corgan, James Iha, and Jimmy Chamberlin included) in Arizona on July 12, but first they played an intimate warm up show at LA's Troubadour last night (6/27). They promised to focus on the first five albums and some covers at these shows, and that's just what they did, playing classics like "Hummer," "Siva," "Rhinoceros," "Bullet with Butterfly Wings," "Soma," "Zero," "Tonight, Tonight," "Today," "1979," and more. They also played their new song "Solara" (their first song with Corgan, Iha, and Chamberlin all in the mix in 18 years), and they covered Joy Division's "Transmission" with a guest appearance from AFI frontman Davey Havok. (According to Setlist.fm, "Cherub Rock" was on the written setlist but not played.) Oh, and don't worry, there was no "Stairway." Check out the setlist and more pictures from the show below.
The band's proper tour, which has Metric opening, includes a NYC show on August 1 at MSG.
Bullet With Butterfly Wings
The Everlasting Gaze
Stand Inside Your Love
Porcelina of the Vast Oceans
Transmission (Joy Division cover) (with Davey Havok)