The Smashing Pumpkins Concert Review, Austin, TX 9/27/12
I’m the first to admit that while I’m not what you can consider a true fan of The Smashing Pumpkins, I do really like their first 2 or 3 albums quite a bit. The guys I hung out with quite a bit between 91-95 listened to these albums incessantly, so they became ingrained in my brain. I also really enjoyed the drum work of Jimmy Chamberlin. The guy was a beast of a drummer on those recordings. Too bad he wasn’t with them last night.
Last night marked the sold out opening of the Oceana Tour at Stubb’s in Austin, TX. While none of the original band is still in tact beyond Billy Corgan, they were solid. The sound of that show was pretty quiet compared to most shows I have seen there. But it was crystal clear and really just provided good background music as I was with a group of friends and we could still converse while the band was playing.
The most impressive part of the show was that they played for 2.5 hours with the first hour being their entire new album. Pretty ballsy as most bands just intersperse new songs in with their classics. The low point of the set was his cover of Bowie’s Space Oddity. It just didn’t do it for me.
It was a good time overall even not knowing or caring that much about half of the set. Unfortunately we were near the back of the venue staying close to the bar and I couldn’t get a pics. haha
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