Billy Corgan Just As Much Of A Nineties Nostalgist As The Rest Of Us

May 23rd, 2007 // 10 Comments

Last night, the Smashing Pumpkins made its first live appearance in seven years, playing a 29-song set at Paris’ Grand Rex. We didn’t go, but here’s our best guess as to what happened: Billy Corgan repeatedly made his half-smile/half-snarl face; the three new members (Jeff Schroeder, Ginger Reyes and Lisa Harriton) looked slightly terrified; and people got very excited when the band played the first few notes of “Today.” Also, it was 19 hours long, and included such new songs as the acoustic ballad “For God and Country,” which was captured in all of its mid-fi camera-phone glory:

The Smashing Pumpkins – For God and Country [YouTube, via Deaf Indie Elephants]

And, for all you completists out there, the band’s set list is after the click-through. Nothing from The FutureEmbrace, alas.

United States
Stand Inside Your Love
Doomsday Clock
God and Country
To Sheila
Glass and the Ghost
Cherub Rock
That’s the Way
Annie Dog


  1. joe bananas

    both schroeder and reyes are ex christian rock. schroeder used to play bass in both the violet burning and the lassie foundation and was the touring bass player for the prayer chain. ginger reyes was in the really awful punk band the halo friendlies. neither have done much out of that scene, so i’m not sure how corgan found them.

  2. On the Spot

    Not a single song from Gish? Really?

    And is that Zeppelin’s “That’s the Way”?

  3. Ned Raggett

    More varied setlist than I would have expected. He probably found those guys because he’s found god in recent years, though in a weird sorta ‘I’m vaguely Catholic but I’m a container for the message of the Divine’ type way. This in between complaining about how James Iha is evil, of course.

  4. chrisb

    Haha, he keeps saying “Smashing Pumpkins” over and over again as if trying to convince the audience.

  5. Ned Raggett

    Desperate times, desperate measures.

    (I really wouldn’t have any problem with this if he just called it another name. But the dude gets a bit of humility foisted in his face when Zwan doesn’t work out and the solo stuff barely got heard and now he’s after a flag of convenience. And he can’t even call it THAT because Steve Diggle already used it.)

  6. Xenu

    @Ned Raggett: Agreed. This isn’t The Smashing Pumpkins. I think he should have to do like those touring groups where one member takes off from the others do and call it “Billy Corgan’s Smasking Pumpkins.”

  7. NickEddy

    Rats! Merv Griffin, not Mike Douglas.

    Musta watched “Unzipped” too many times. Yesterday.

  8. A Roach

    Anyone know anything about the new kids? Never hear of any of their former bands– just trying to decide if I am allowed to like them ;)

  9. NickEddy

    This is sort of like the Seinfeld where Kramer rescues the Mike Douglas set, only with the windows from the David Bowie “DJ” video.

    “’1979,’ indeed!”

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