I like the Smashing Pumpkins but they’re a pretty technical/layered guitar track heavy band. So their sound is difficult to duplicate live.
Their cover of Landslide is generally pretty good though. (In the grocery store, so haven’t had a chance to listen yet.)
Her left or our left. James Iha, who also plays with Perfect Circle, is on her left. Billy Corgan, the Smashing Pumpkins frontman and guy who writes and records everything but drums in the studio, is on our left. Both are proficient and respected in music circles. One is a little crazy when it comes to political matters.
I’m pretty sure that’s Jeff Schroeder who is a current member of the Pumpkins. He replaced James Iha for a time but they kept him on. Evidently, they plan on touring with bassist Jack Bates who is son to Joy Division bassist Peter Hook.
That was a pretty good cover. I prefer the straight Pumpkins version. I honestly think you would like the Pumpkins. They’re a bit more art rock bordering on Prog. They got lumped into alternative rock with a lot of the grunge set but it was an odd fit. They remain the one band who I left the concert before they left the stage. They came back for an encore and just kept jamming. It was a show that was meant to be free but ended up being a benefit show with all ticket sales (not just proceeds) going to the Chicago chapter of the Make a Wish Foundation. So they also were paying to be there. I think their first album, Gish, would be more your speed, David.
That’s “Big” Jim Sullivan. Brilliant session player who could play any style you asked him to. Anyone who’s ever heard a British pop single from the 60s or 70s has probably heard Big Jim. He was also the teacher of some guy called Ritchie Blackmore, who went on to found some band called … oh, I forget what…
I saw him live about 15 years ago. Really entertaining player with an incredible range of anecdotes from the music industry.
That’s a much better version. I’m not really a fan of Corgan’s voice, but he makes a better job of the song than Myrkur, whose voice I love. I’m still baffled about the reason for inviting a guest on stage (who I suspect most the Pumpkins’ audience have never heard of) and giving her a song that isn’t right for her voice at all.