Smashing Pumpkins Concert Review – 12/10/12 – Barclays Center – Brooklyn, NY
Originally, the Pumpkins’ Brooklyn debut was supposed to happen on Halloween, but Hurricane Sandy had other plans. Subsequent to Sandy, ticket prices were reduced to $25, with a portion going to relief efforts. While I commend those involved for their charitable contributions, the main reason the ticket price was lowered is because sales were extremely poor. Once postponed, the show should have been moved to a smaller venue. In 1996, I saw them headline a sold out Madison Square Garden. In 2008, I saw them booed off the stage at one of their reunion shows in the Bronx. In 2012, it’s large clubs or bust.
The show opened with Oceania being played in its entirety. Great album. But playing it in an arena to a rapidly dwindling fan base? After they finished playing the record, they did a set of – wait for it – classics.
Bullet With Butterfly Wings
The Dream Machine
The show was absolutely terrible. Billy Corgan sounded terrible. His band sounded terrible. Billy Corgan looked terrible. His belly hung out the entire set. Never, ever, ever will I waste another second of my time on a Billy Corgan live show.
Note to all: The Smashing Pumpkins put out some tremendous records. If you want to continue to love this band, listen to the recorded material. Stay far away from their live shows and save your money.
My review of the show in one photo…