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Average User Rating 7.52
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Last Reviewed August 20th, 2006
 
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
Its The Hits Stupid
Venue/Date: The Palms Casino Resort (Las Vegas, NV)
Concert Date:  
November 29th, 2008
Reviewer: sagevsal

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4.11
Why does a band that is having a slow selling album come out and push that junk down our throat ??? It was sad this band has a good 6-7 songs that should have been played 1979 would be the one that comes to mind that they some how left out of the play list. Billy Corgan Needs to get off his high horse and remember what fans wanted to here when he did sell millions of albums. After this concert I was wanting my Hour and 45 min back of my life that I just wasted. I got the tickets for free from the Palms Hotel so don't get me wrong I wasn't pissed about spending 110.00 per seat I think I would be more pissed if I paid for these tickets. On at least 10 of the songs that I remember it was a very dramatic opening and closing of the songs .... why do we need to hear the guitar go on and on as you hear the distortion ..... it sucks ... save your time and money and stay away unless they learn to change the play list to play what most fans remember not what the oh mighty great Billy wants to show off as his version of being a artist ... you can shove the artist thing and stay home

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Smashing Pumpkins good, but not whole
Venue/Date: Orpheum Theatre (Boston, MA)
Concert Date:  
October 16th, 2007
Reviewer: aceshooter

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9.64

Corgan and Pumpkins don't miss a beat

By Sarah Rodman, Globe Staff | October 15, 2007

The first of the Smashing Pumpkins' three reunion shows at the Orpheum Theatre, on Saturday night, was both more than a fan could've hoped for, and a little bit less. Reunions can be a depressingly cynical affair as old bandmates punch the clock and cash the checks. Not so with the Pumpkins, who continue their mini-Orpheum residence with shows tonight and tomorrow.

There was Billy Corgan in all his shiny-pated glory, shooting sparks from his guitar and snarling and crooning in his tortured nasal whine just like he did back in the days when he had hair. Drummer Jimmy Chamberlin proved still adept at anchoring a groove with both thunder and delicacy. Couple that with a sometimes blindingly inventive light show and a vaunted catalog of songs that careened from venomous invective to poetic abstraction played with energy and care, and you had a reunited band that hadn't lost a step since it dribbled to its demise in 2000. Its comeback record, "Zeitgeist," from earlier this year might not have stirred up much interest, but its show had backbone and bite.

Still, there was a feeling that something was missing - that no matter how good it is today, the band can never be what it was. Two of the Pumpkins' biggest hits, "Today" and "Disarm," went missing in a far-reaching, sometimes indulgent two-hour set loaded with less-tuneful new material. (Twenty-minute version of "Heavy Metal Machine," I'm looking at you.)
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Smashing Pumpkins are a 90's band that did not make today world
Venue/Date: The Legendary Roy Wilkins Auditorium (Saint Paul, MN)
Concert Date:  
October 2nd, 2007
Reviewer: aceshooter

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8.15

Review: These two Pumpkins not smashing enough

REVIEW: The new lineup of Billy Corgan's old '90s band shined best with way-old material. But only two of the original four were there.
By Chris Riemenschneider, Star Tribune

Many old bands touring with newly revamped lineups try to cover up the fact that they don't have all their original members. And then there are the Smashing Pumpkins, who didn't waste any time pointing out their shortage of co-founders Tuesday night at Roy Wilkins Auditorium in St. Paul.

Just four minutes into the show, during the opening song "United States," the band whittled itself down to just frontman Billy Corgan and drummer Jimmy Chamberlin on stage alone. The two original Pumpkins proceeded to offer an excessive and downright dopey jam for another three or four minutes, as if the sold-out crowd wanted them -- and just them -- right away.

What the fans wanted, of course, was not in the cards -- at least not yet. The quartet's two other original members reportedly declined to reunite.

As a result, the Chicago band whose free 1998 appearance at the Hennepin Avenue Block Party in Minneapolis went down as the biggest rock concert in Twin Cities history (roughly 100,000 attendees) were left playing an old St. Paul auditorium with three unknown hired guns to 5,000 dedicated but somewhat skeptical fans.

Aside from the trite attempts to sell the value of the Pumpkins' would-be Dynamic Duo -- Corgan and Chamberlin also performed the acoustic favorite "Perfect" later in the show -- the concert did at least justify that the band carry on, at least in name and in sound, after its 2000 split.
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Pimpkins still living in the 90's
Venue/Date: The Fillmore (San Francisco, CA)
Concert Date:  
July 16th, 2007
Reviewer: aceshooter

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8.17
Billy Corgan unleashes his rage -- for three hours
Aidin Vaziri, Chronicle Pop Music Critic
Tuesday, July 17, 2007

If you squinted long and hard enough on Sunday, you might think you were watching an actual reunion of the Smashing Pumpkins, the unrepentant arena-rock act that sold millions of albums in the 1990s. In reality, it was just a passable crew of look-alikes frontman Billy Corgan had pulled together with the group's original drummer, Jimmy Chamberlin, for the first of an 11-night run at the Fillmore. He even made sure their hair color matched the originals'.

After recording a solo album two years ago that was met with even more indifference than his first post-Pumpkins project, Zwan (both of which, incidentally, also featured Chamberlin), Corgan announced his intention to revive the group with a full-page ad in the Chicago Tribune: "I want my band back, and my songs, and my dreams." At least in name, he did. Guitarist James Iha and bassist D'Arcy Wretzky were either not invited or turned down the offer to relive past glories.

Some have suggested that Corgan just wants his old bank balance. Never mind that the depleted lineup for this reunion allows him to cut the staff salaries in half. Using a familiar brand to play in one city for two weeks seems like a great way to save on gas money.

The Smashing Pumpkins' comeback album, "Zeitgeist," meanwhile, arrived in stores last week with different bonus tracks for different retailers, meaning fans had to buy four versions of the LP if they wanted to hear all the new songs. That's one way to make sure it gets past Hannah Montana on the charts.
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