‘Today is the greatest… show I have ever seen…I’ll burn my eyes out…’ at the Smashing Pumpkins show last Tuesday, as it was an astonishing set design and lighting show (at AFAS Live in Amsterdam). I have called it a ‘show’ explicitly and not a ‘gig’, which would describe the two previous TSP concerts I went to. This ‘show’ was absolutely mind blowing from an esthetic and artistic point of view. Three huge surrealistic style Puppito's - as Billy calls them - raised from the dead and lit up in all combination of colors you can only imagine during the whole show.
I just love it how Billy and his mates, almost back in their original formation, really made an effort with this show and enjoyed it as much as the crowd did. Just like the funny ‘interlude’ (a cover of ‘Friday I'm in Love’ from The Cure) where Billy took a break and James started singing. I believe James messed that one up on purpose, as the sound and his voice was way off from the outstanding level of performance when playing their own songs. In 'epic theatre', you would call that an ‘alienation’ (also a song title from their new album by the way), a complete break from what was happening before in order to get the crowd back into reality, so that the show would have even more impact afterwards.
‘Alienation’ and ‘Knights of Malta’ are beautiful songs which let Billy’s voice stand out as it does with ‘Disarm’. By the way, the crowd screwed up ‘Disarm’ a bit for me, as I was only looking at mobile phones when they played it, really annoying. So I put my head down again, using only one sense again. Obviously, I also took pictures and videos, so I guess I am as annoying as them…You just wanna capture these beautiful moments on camera to make them last forever…
As Billy said at the end of the show, ‘we could have never imagined this would be our future 31 years ago’ while pointing at the three huge dolls, the enthusiastic crowd and being grateful for their support over those 31 years. Billy, I would like to thank you for being you and for embracing your carefully composed music and sharing your amazing thoughts through your lyrics. I would also like to thank James and Jimmy for standing side by side again, playing your amazing guitar riffs and solo’s. And guys, I do expect the next Volume of your latest album shortly, can’t wait! (Scroll down for more videos and pics!)
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