The Smashing Pumpkins are an American alternative rock band that formed in Chicago, Illinois in 1988. Formed by Billy Corgan (vocals/guitar) and James Iha (guitar/backing vocals), the band has included D'arcy Wretzky (bass guitar/backing vocals), Jimmy Chamberlin (drums/percussion), and Melissa Auf der Maur (bass guitar) among its membership.
Disavowing the punk rock roots shared by many of their alt-rock contemporaries, the Pumpkins have a diverse, densely layered, and guitar-heavy sound, containing elements of gothic rock, heavy metal, dream pop, psychedelic rock, arena rock, shoegazer-style production and, in later recordings, electronica. Frontman Billy Corgan is the group's primary songwriter—his grand musical ambitions and cathartic lyrics have shaped the band's albums and songs, which have been described as "anguished, bruised reports from Billy Corgan's nightmare-land".
The Smashing Pumpkins broke into the musical mainstream with their second album, Siamese Dream (1993). The group built its audience with extensive touring and their follow-up, the double album Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness (1995), debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 album chart. With approximately 18.25 million albums sold in the United States alone, The Smashing Pumpkins were one of the most commercially successful and critically acclaimed bands of the 1990s. However, internal fighting, drug use, and diminishing record sales hampered the band and led to a 2000 break-up. In April 2006, the band officially announced that it was reuniting and recording a new album. Returning members Billy Corgan and Jimmy Chamberlin were joined by musicians Jeff Schroeder (guitar/vocals), Ginger Reyes (bass/vocals), and Lisa Harriton (keyboard/vocals) in 2007 to tour in support of their new release, Zeitgeist. In March 2009, Corgan announced that Chamberlin had left the band, but that he would continue to record and perform without him under the band name.
I actually liked Zeitgeist quite a bit. I thought it was a well put together album, and it probably had the best example of Jimmy's drumming in existence. That man didn't fuck around at all on Zeitgeist.
It's a documentary/concert film from 2007. They did two residencies in two different venues and Billy was trying to write new songs for every show.
First disc is the documentary about it all. Pretty good, quite balanced for an official band documentary. Shows some crazy fans, Billy being weird, normal fans, Billy being nice, negative reviews... stuff like that.
Second disc is the concert stuff. There's a cool 30 minute rehearsal of the new songs. It was set up a bit like an MTV Unplugged thing with carpets and stuff.
I've watched most of the concert. Pretty damn good.
1) The Rose March - new song
2) Peace + Love - new song
3) 99 Floors - new song
4) Blue Skies Bring Tears - from Machina I
5) Superchrist - new song
6) Lucky 13 - from Machina II
7) Starla - b-side of I Am One
8) Death from Above - b-side of Tarantula
9) The Crying Tree of Mercury - from Machina I
10) Winterlong - Outtake from Adore
11) Heavy Metal Machine - from Machina I (with a bit of White Rabbit)
12) Untitled - last pre-reunion single
13) No Surrender - new song
14) Gossamer - new song, 30 minute jam
15) Zeitgeist - b-side of Tarantula
I stopped 10 minutes into Gossamer. I'll watch the rest later.