All right, all right, I’m pretty sure those who shared the mushy grounds below that fancy stage last night with me has plenty to bitch about. There was near-to-zero interactivity between the band and the audience, Corgan didn’t even bother saying hello or introducing the new Pumpkins, they only played nine songs, and our “we want more” revealed that despite all our rage we were left with an empty stage. Hey, I had my share of complaints from my friends during the (very long-we picked the wrong place to park) walk back to the car and the drive home.
But despite all that, it was a tight set. The sound system was not bad, the guitar improvisations were brilliant and the songs, I dare say, were almost flawless. They played a few of my favorites, and although “Song for a Son” wasn’t one of them before, the way he sang it last night was amazing. I would even go as far to say that I like them more than before now.
Just like having to choose between keeping my glasses on, and having the risk of them falling off like that poor guy with his iPhone last night, and taking them off, depriving me of seeing the band properly, I was also torn apart between being closer to the stage, which means more dancing, and stepping behind to truly enjoy the performance without the cigarette smoke and suffocation. I choose the former, as my broken glasses (I took em off but they got squeezed inside my bag) have shown.
So they opened up with “Today”, and if Mr Corgan is really pissed so as to go off stage early because there wasn’t much reaction from the audience before the band succumbed to “Bullet with Butterfly Wings” as the rumors went, I’d suggest him go to my optician. There was enough action going on from the start, take it from someone who’s actually in the crowd. Besides, isn’t it always that way with shows? the audience was just adjusting to the fact that this band is actually in front of them. Especially those like me, who haven’t warm themselves up with opening acts. Could it be, sir, that they were just awed by you?
I think it takes really good calculating to determine which song goes first. One of the best picks I ever saw was by NOFX when I saw them a few years ago. They played “linoleum” and although it wasn’t a massive mosh number like “The Brews” or “Kill all the white men”, it was a great showstarting song, which got me pushed like a dozen meters away behind by the crazy crowd.
So, pumpkins? I liked it, but indeed it left me aching for more and cursing why I didn’t line up in front of the stage earlier.