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What You Missed at the Smashing Pumpkins Show [VIDEO]

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Last night, May 14th, was a momentous evening. The Smashing Pumpkins were in Dallas, Texas and turned that city upside down with their amazing riffs and old favorites. It was a great show. If you missed it, here’s a little bit of a taste of what it was like. 

Smashing Pumpkins have been a part of my life since I was young. My sister was a huge fan of theirs. Since she had total control of the music in the car or around the house, I heard a lot of the Smashing Pumpkins. The older I got, the more I was okay with the non-stop Pumpkins jam sessions.

My all time favorite was always ‘1979.’ Seeing the video on Mtv was always a high light to my day. My sister, brother, and I would all sing along as we blared down the back roads in Chapel Hill. It is still residing in a special place in my heart.

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Doesn’t that get the memories flowing?

Well, last night would have been an absolute flood of memories for all of you Smashing Pumpkins fans. They played lots of the songs from their new album and plenty of their all time best from the years.

Billy Corgan’s voice rang just as clear as the first time I heard it. The shredding guitars, thumping bass, and chaotic drumming filled the Palladium with sounds from the past that made the massive crowd sway and cheer.

The intensity of the crowds excitement peaked when the first note blasted from the speakers. ‘Zero’ was upon us, and no one minded a bit.

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Those that had spent more time at the bar than in the crowd shut their mouths and listened intently. No one wanted to interrupt the moment that washed over us all. Nostalgia, emotion to the sound, and pure ear happiness filled every each of your very being. Your body reacted involuntarily.

In this mix of favorites and new sounds, the Smashing Pumpkins threw in a Bowie cover to spice things up a bit more. ‘Space Oddity’ took everyone by surprise in the best way possible. No one can explain the choice in this cover better than the man himself, Billy Corgan.

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When some of the songs were finished, it was a shock to your reality to jump back into the present. You were lost in the lyrics, the movement of the band, and were hypnotized by the feeling of the crowd around you sharing the exact experience with you. When the concert was over, every felt an immediate sadness pull your heart right to the ground. Before you knew it, you were shouting along with everyone else, “Encore!”

What seemed like forever later, the Smashing Pumpkins were emerging back on stage. The rush and excitement revived you like jumping all in to a cold pool on a hot day.

To make the night end in perfection, they chose to play this old favorite. We all, because of this song coming last, could head home feeling content. ‘Today’ summed up the entire experience. Today was truly now the greatest.

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If you missed the show, make the next one! Don’t let an amazing night featuring a band close to your heart like the Smashing Pumpkins pass you by.


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