Billy Corgan took the stage Wednesday night at The Paramount Theatre armed with only an acoustic guitar and a visually stunning red backdrop. Opening with a relatively new number, “Cardinal Rule”, The Smashing Pumpkins‘ frontman performed a handful of songs solo before bringing out guitarist Jeff Schroeder. The duet then played a few numbers, including a beautiful David Bowie cover of “Space Oddity”. About a quarter of the way through the set, Corgan announced that they had reached the part of the show where they focused on a particular album (Siamese Dream), which he dubbed “The Siamese Suite”. At this point he brought out the rest of the band, which included drummer Jimmy Chamberlin, guitarist/bassist Katie Cole, and keyboardist Sierra Swan.
A continuation of the “In Plainsong Tour” from last year, the band’s 2+ hour acoustic-electric evening explored their deep catalog including crowd favorites (“Today”, “Disarm”, “1979”), covers (“Space Oddity”, Imbruglia‘s “Identify”, Hole‘s “Malibu”, The Stones‘ “Angie”), and just about everything in between. Corgan even managed to get some digs in on Pearl Jam (when he asked “Didn’t they do an unplugged thing once?”) and Hole (speaking about “Malibu” which he largely co-wrote) throughout the night.
Opening the night was another 90’s favorite, singer-songwriter Liz Phair, who hasn’t toured since 2010 but seemed quite at home, performing a mix of old and new songs during her 45 minute solo set.
The World’s Fair (Billy Corgan song)
Space Oddity (David Bowie cover)
Jesus, I / Mary Star of the Sea (Zwan cover)
Sorrows (In Blue) (Billy Corgan song)
Identify (Natalie Imbruglia cover)
Stand Inside Your Love
Lily (My One and Only)
Malibu (Hole cover)
Angie (The Rolling Stones cover)