For Your Excessive Heat Warning Listening Pleasure: Smashing Pumpkins at Bronco Bowl
I've spent the last couple of hours doing as suggested at the beginning of an excessive heat-warning wave: staying hydrated. With Bacardi Añejo, over ice, a great rum at a nice price. Also: listening to music, as the two often go together. Which reminds me: In the past year-plus spent rounding up these rock-and-roll-and keepsakes, I've got plenty unused extras on hand, enough for a post a day this wearying, withering week. So let's begin at this late hour with a show that, to those who were there, ranks among the most memorable in the Bronco Bowl's estimable history: the Smashing Pumpkins on May 12, 2000 -- only 11 days before Billy Corgan went on KROQ to announce the demise of the band, which would return, yes, but never quite the same.
A version of this show has been part of the Live Music Archive for a while, but this recently posted alternative is a you-are-there improvement. This was the Sacred and Profane Tour, featuring Hole's Melissa Auf der Maur, in support of Machina/The Machines of God, which didn't quite connect till the night of this show ("Heavy Metal Machine" still stands out) and ultimately tanked.
Corgan seemed to know the end was near; he drains the bottle. Too many highlights to single out, but to start: "Bullet With Butterfly Wings" and "1979" and the Siamese Dream offerings ("Cherub Rock" still packs a wallop, but that version of "Mayonaise" ... man). And the band ends the show with that neglected gem "Drown," which appears on the far-better-than-the-movie Singles sound track.
Also on the set list: David Essex's "Rock On," which actually opened the February 12, 2002, Deep Ellum Live show, which was also recently added to the LMA (get your copy here). That show was the first, apparently, during which "Bullet with Butterfly Wings" was medley-fied with Talking Heads' "Once in a Lifetime." Not a bad "Join Together," either. In only 11 years, it's all classic rock now.
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