The opening night of the current Smashing Pumpkins semi-reunion tour, which took place on Thursday night in Glendale, Arizona, was apparently not a sell-out.
Photos posted online showed the top level of the Gila River Arena curtained off completely, with fans who had bought tickets in that section given upgrades to the lower levels, which looked better attended as a result. (Keep scrolling to see the picture.)
The three-hour show itself featured frontman William Corgan, guitarist James Iha and drummer Jimmy Chamberlin performing together in a full arena concert for the first time in 18 years, delivering a set taken almost entirely from the band’s first five studio albums.
Also peppered among the lengthy 31-song set was new track “Solara,” as well as covers of Fleetwood Mac’s “Landslide,” David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” and Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway To Heaven.” Corgan ran through numerous costume changes while the stage production was reportedly the biggest the Pumpkins have ever employed.
The original trio were backed by longtime guitarist Jeff Schroeder, keyboardist Katie Cole and bass player Jack Bates. Founding bassist D’arcy Wretzky was excluded from the tour amidst a public falling out with Corgan after the two had initially mended fences.