The highly anticipated Smashing Pumpkins' “The Shiny and Oh So Bright” reunion tour came to the Sprint Center on Thursday night and put on a magnificent show for fans.
The highly anticipated Smashing Pumpkins’ “The Shiny and Oh So Bright” reunion tour came to the Sprint Center on Thursday night and put on a magnificent show for fans. The band’s lineup for the tour features three-quarters of its founding members, including Billy Corgan, Jimmy Chamberlin and James Iha. The tour is the first the three have played together in more than 16 years.
The set opened with a dramatic entrance of Corgan striding on stage, backlit, casting a 100-foot shadow across the crowd. He then sang a stripped down version of one of their softer hits, “Disarm.”
After that, the rest of the band came out to kick off a 3.5-hour alternative rock spectacle complete with a massive video screen, lights and a surprising amount of wardrobe changes for Corgan.
They tore into a set of more than 30 songs almost entirely from their first five albums, including huge hits like “Bullet with Butterfly Wings” and “Tonight, Tonight” along with lesser known songs such as “Porcelina of the Vast Oceans.”
The screen behind the band showed everything from choreographed dancers to animations with plenty of references to the Smashing Pumpkins’ album art to even a few cameos of Mark McGrath (lead singer of Sugar Ray) as a vaudeville emcee introducing some of the songs.
The best part of the show, of course, was the band itself. This was no old music act getting together to make one last paycheck. Corgan and company played with huge energy and great chemistry, having a lot of fun on stage and feeding off of the large crowd that filled the Sprint Center.
They finished the night with an encore of two songs. The first one was a new song they released earlier this year titled “Solara” and for a surprising twist, they ended with the song “Baby Mine” from the children’s movie “Dumbo.”
The opening act was the Canadian indie rock band Metric.
If you get a chance to see the Smashing Pumpkins’ reunion, be sure to check it out. It’s well worth it.
But there’s plenty of great musical entertainment right here in our backyard, including a performance by Joe Cartwright and others at Jazz by the River on Saturday night at the Performing Arts Center at Leavenworth High School.
Mike Nickells writes about music in the Leavenworth area. To contact him, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org