The Smashing Pumpkins Bring Splendour To A Dazzling End
With the sun setting over the final day of SITG, I was left feeling a little conflicted. On one end of the spectrum, my post-splendour depression was settling in early, knowing that in a few hours it would all be over. On the other end, I had scored an amazing seat side of stage for The Smashing Pumpkins. Realising that in mere moments I would see 90’s rock god Billy Corgan walk on stage overrode all feelings of Mellon Collie (see what I did there). As anticipation pulsed through the crowd, setlist speculations were flying high with reports that tracks form Oceania would dominate with only a few oldies wedged in at the end. With this in mind, punters were enthusiastically surprised by a set that heavily featured the classics.
In true rock star form, The Pumpkins fucked off the schedule time and started their set ten minutes early with a grungy cover of Kiss’s classic, Black Diamond, to roaring approval. Heavy drum lines rolling off rumbling bass undertones and spine-tingling guitar riffs, Corgan saluted the crowd with a cascade of classics that covered Zero, Bullet with Butterfly Wings and Today. Scattered throughout their 90-minute set, The Pumpkins effortlessly eased the crowd into newer numbers The Celestials, Quasar, Panopicton and title track Oceania, proving that they still have it.
With only a few death stares towards the sound guy, the notoriously rant-happy Corgan surprisingly didn’t say too much during his set and let the music do the talking. However, at one point, after asking the crowd if they were alright, he cheekily responded, “don’t lie to me! Ya’ll are fucking tired!”, exposing his sense of humour, but that was the extent of his tirade.
With a constant flow of thunderous applause, Billy’s pristine harmonies revived the best of the nineties with Today, Ava Adore, Cherub Rock, Muzzle and crowd favourite 1979 transporting the Splendour masses back in time. Exiting the stage for a short encore, the cheers that infiltrated the tent were deafening and Corgan satisfied the vibrant crowd with the familiar guitar licks of Disarmand a smashing cover of Bowie’s Space Oddity. Closing the festival with a bang, Corgan channelled his inner metal head for final number X.Y.U., violently screaming into the mike whilst raising his guitar to the heavens. Thanking the audience, the band left the stage, propelling the buzzing masses to migrate home on the spectacular high of seeing one of the world’s greatest rock bands.
Over 20 years down the track, The Smashing Pumpkins have come a long way from their beginnings, and whilst Billy Corgan is the only remaining member, the band’s cohesive energy successfully captured their heyday. The last day of Splendour well and truly ended on a high, made even more so by the fact that as I was walking out, my favourite security guard backstage scored me an original Smashing Pumpkins setlist. A fucking fantastic finale to the best weekend of the year!
Review from: musicfeeds.com.au

The Smashing Pumpkins Bring Splendour To A Dazzling End

With the sun setting over the final day of SITG, I was left feeling a little conflicted. On one end of the spectrum, my post-splendour depression was settling in early, knowing that in a few hours it would all be over. On the other end, I had scored an amazing seat side of stage for The Smashing Pumpkins. Realising that in mere moments I would see 90’s rock god Billy Corgan walk on stage overrode all feelings of Mellon Collie (see what I did there). As anticipation pulsed through the crowd, setlist speculations were flying high with reports that tracks form Oceania would dominate with only a few oldies wedged in at the end. With this in mind, punters were enthusiastically surprised by a set that heavily featured the classics.

In true rock star form, The Pumpkins fucked off the schedule time and started their set ten minutes early with a grungy cover of Kiss’s classic, Black Diamond, to roaring approval. Heavy drum lines rolling off rumbling bass undertones and spine-tingling guitar riffs, Corgan saluted the crowd with a cascade of classics that covered ZeroBullet with Butterfly Wings and Today. Scattered throughout their 90-minute set, The Pumpkins effortlessly eased the crowd into newer numbers The CelestialsQuasarPanopicton and title track Oceania, proving that they still have it.

With only a few death stares towards the sound guy, the notoriously rant-happy Corgan surprisingly didn’t say too much during his set and let the music do the talking. However, at one point, after asking the crowd if they were alright, he cheekily responded, “don’t lie to me! Ya’ll are fucking tired!”, exposing his sense of humour, but that was the extent of his tirade.

With a constant flow of thunderous applause, Billy’s pristine harmonies revived the best of the nineties with TodayAva AdoreCherub RockMuzzle and crowd favourite 1979 transporting the Splendour masses back in time. Exiting the stage for a short encore, the cheers that infiltrated the tent were deafening and Corgan satisfied the vibrant crowd with the familiar guitar licks of Disarmand a smashing cover of Bowie’s Space Oddity. Closing the festival with a bang, Corgan channelled his inner metal head for final number X.Y.U., violently screaming into the mike whilst raising his guitar to the heavens. Thanking the audience, the band left the stage, propelling the buzzing masses to migrate home on the spectacular high of seeing one of the world’s greatest rock bands.

Over 20 years down the track, The Smashing Pumpkins have come a long way from their beginnings, and whilst Billy Corgan is the only remaining member, the band’s cohesive energy successfully captured their heyday. The last day of Splendour well and truly ended on a high, made even more so by the fact that as I was walking out, my favourite security guard backstage scored me an original Smashing Pumpkins setlist. A fucking fantastic finale to the best weekend of the year!

Review from: musicfeeds.com.au

The Smashing Pumpkins - Splendour in the Grass
Sunday - 29th July 2012
Black Diamond [KISS cover from their album KISS]
Zero [Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness]
Bullet With Butterfly Wings [Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness]
Today [Siamese Dream]
The Celestials [Oceania]
Oceania [Oceania]
Tonight, Tonight [Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness]
Ava Adore [Adore]
Quasar [Oceania]
Panopticon [Oceania]
Soot and Stars [Judas 0]
1979 [Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness]
Cherub Rock [Siamese Dream]
Muzzle [Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness]
Encore:
Space Oddity [David Bowie from his David Bowie album]
XYU [Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness]


Photo from musicfeeds.com.au and massive thanks to @studioprisoner for live tweeting the show tonight. 
Note: Disarm was to be on the setlist but was not played, see a picture of a VERY happy @studioprisoner with the setlist from front of stage. 

The Smashing Pumpkins - Splendour in the Grass

Sunday - 29th July 2012

  • Black Diamond [KISS cover from their album KISS]
  • Zero [Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness]
  • Bullet With Butterfly Wings [Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness]
  • Today [Siamese Dream]
  • The Celestials [Oceania]
  • Oceania [Oceania]
  • Tonight, Tonight [Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness]
  • Ava Adore [Adore]
  • Quasar [Oceania]
  • Panopticon [Oceania]
  • Soot and Stars [Judas 0]
  • 1979 [Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness]
  • Cherub Rock [Siamese Dream]
  • Muzzle [Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness]

Encore:

  • Space Oddity [David Bowie from his David Bowie album]
  • XYU [Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness]


Photo from musicfeeds.com.au and massive thanks to @studioprisoner for live tweeting the show tonight. 

Note: Disarm was to be on the setlist but was not played, see a picture of a VERY happy @studioprisoner with the setlist from front of stage. 

Billy Corgan to appear at Splendour In The Grass - ‘Forum’ with Wil Anderson
From the splendourinthegrass.com website:
We are super excited to announce that Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan will appear as a very special guest with Wil Anderson on “Wil Does Parky” at Splendour Forum, the festival’s live discussion program.
The legendary indie icon will join the side-splittingly funny comedian and ABC-TV’s Gruen series host on his entertaining Parkinson-style interview show, for a chat and some audience Q&A.
Join Wil Anderson as he chats to Billy Corgan and an eclectic array of guests including Independent MP Rob Oakeshott, controversial Splendid artist and Australian Occupy movement key player Carl Scrase and twitter journalist Asher Wolf, Saturday 4pm - 5.15pm.

Billy Corgan to appear at Splendour In The Grass - ‘Forum’ with Wil Anderson

From the splendourinthegrass.com website:

We are super excited to announce that Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan will appear as a very special guest with Wil Anderson on “Wil Does Parky” at Splendour Forum, the festival’s live discussion program.

The legendary indie icon will join the side-splittingly funny comedian and ABC-TV’s Gruen series host on his entertaining Parkinson-style interview show, for a chat and some audience Q&A.

Join Wil Anderson as he chats to Billy Corgan and an eclectic array of guests including Independent MP Rob Oakeshott, controversial Splendid artist and Australian Occupy movement key player Carl Scrase and twitter journalist Asher Wolf, Saturday 4pm - 5.15pm.

Smashing Pumpkins to headline Splendour In The Grass in July.

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IT’S OFFICIAL.

Smashing Pumpkins are headed to Australia as one of the main acts for Splendour In The Grass, alongside Jack White, At The Drive-In, Bloc Party, The Shins, and more.

Whilst the Pumpkins are playing such a massive festival show, there’s still time to cross our collective fingers for a handful of sideshows. Unlike other headline acts such as At The Drive-In, listed with a ‘Only Australian Show’ disclaimer, Smashing Pumpkins may just be free to play a sideshow if they please…

You can read more about the Splendour announcement/check out ticketing options on the festival website, and discuss the news with fellow fans on the Ozphoria forum.

Smashing Pumpkins rumoured for Splendour In The Grass lineup

The rumour mill is hard at work with under 24 hours till the official first announcement of Byron Bay’s 3 day Splendour In The Grass festival in July.

According to music site Polaroids Of Androids, they’ve heard from their ‘Inside Source’ that the Pumpkins are CONFIRMED to play the festival, alongside recently reformed At The Drive-In.

Whether this rumour holds any truth will be seen tomorrow with the release of lineup information from the festival organisers.

'Oceania' is due for release on June 19th, which only adds more fodder to the rumour mill.

Stay tuned!