Tuesday evening after work, I jumped the train to Shinkiba and made my way to the venue Studio Coast just in time to catch the Smashing Pumpkins.
Wait, can I say that again? I went to see the Smashing Pumpkins.
Whatever your thoughts are of musicians doing their own tribute tours, this was a chance to see Billy Corgan, one of modern rock's most unique and influential artists, live and in action.
While the Pumpkins didn't try too hard to preserve their lineup (Corgan was the only original member on stage), they certainly took pains to recreate the famous Pumpkin's guitar sound. The whole venue was awash with deep distortion, squeeling feedback, and soaring harmonics. I found myself completely lost in their classic songs.
Before nearly getting my ass beaten by an oversized Japanese security guard, I managed to snap three photos with my SLR. Here is the best one, proof of Corgan...
Classic Songs On the Set List:
Bullet With Butterfly Wings
Classic Songs that the Werewolf wanted to hear:
Here Is No Why
Porcelina Of The Vast Oceans
Tales Of A Scotched Earth
Hello Kitty Kat
Frail and Bedazzled