Smashing Pumpkins - Silverfuck - Oakland, Live, Friday 10-7-11, front row, Fox Theater. Billy Corgan performs all the rarely played songs form the 1st 3 albums and then some!
Before the concert, there was a meet up of the Smashing Pumpkins Record Club about an hour before the doors opened. They were let in early to listen to part of the sound check and talk with one of the SP administrators who asked about what merchandise they would like to see and let them listen to a few unreleased demo tracks. The administrator also let the security staff know that the organizer of the meet up had personal permission from Billy Corgan to set up an HD camera on a tripod to record the show. He was in the 1st balcony. The other 34 of the SPRC were also standing where I was standing.
The guy to my left who is constantly pointing to the air is from Chicago, Corgan's hometown, and apparently was the guy who stood in front of the Fillmore in San Francisco in 2007 with no money and only a sign begging for a ticket. After many hours, Billy noticed this and put him on the guest list, thereby getting him in free to the sold out 2-week set.
I guess I was one of the few fans in my area who has not met Billy Corgan personally, though at the end of 'Bullet With Butterfly Wings', the last song of the encore, Billy does point at me and do a dance for my camera, lol.
The concert definitely focused on rarely played songs on the albums Gish and Pisces Iscariot, probably because those 2 and Siamese Dream are all set to come out reissued, remastered, with some extra tracks/unreleased things at the end of 2011.
Throughout the concert, Corgan frequently threw his used picks out into the crowd, but none of them ever made it past the guard rail and fell well short of the 1st row. However, after the end of the show, I did manage to find one on the ground near the rail, which was a rather hard thing to do because it was a black pick on a black floor in dim lighting, but I pointed one out to a security guy and he picked it up and gave it to me.
4. Geek U.S.A.
6. Window Paine
7. Lightning Strikes
11. Frail and Bedazzled
13. Obscured (Last time played live was 1992)
14. Pale Horse (Live Premiere)
15. Thru the Eyes of Ruby (I Am One breakdown/solo/outro)
16. Cherub Rock
18. My Love is Winter
19. For Martha
20. Pinwheels (Live Premiere)
21. Pissant (Last time played live was 1995)
22. Bullet With Butterfly Wings
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