By Chuck Cox
I have to admit that after going to see Prince on Sunday night and flying home from Denver the next day, I was kind of pooped when I headed to the Palladium Ballroom on Tuesday night to see the Smashing Pumpkins.
But I was still excited to get to catch the band for the first time. Lead singer and guitarist Billy Corgan, the group’s founding member, is the only remaining member of the original lineup. And the band was in perfect form on its Dallas stop of the “Shamrocks and Shenanigans Tour.”
Sounding like it had been a cohesive unit for years and years, the Pumpkins had a good, well-paced, tight set that had a little bit of something for everybody. There were plenty of hits — “Cherub Rock,” “Bullet With Butterfly Wings,” “Disarm,” “Tonight, Tonight,” and “Today,” which was the lone encore. But the band also delved into the catalogue a bit, touching on stuff from its latest, Oceania, along with Siamese Dream, Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, Adore and Zeitgeist.
The first part of the show was hit-heavy, and it also included a cool cover of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity.” After the sublime “Tonight, Tonight,” which was about eight songs into the show, Corgan talked to the crowd for the first time all night. And the conversation was largely about the Jerry Jones and the Dallas Cowboys, which was pretty odd. “Jerry Jones is the owner of the Cowboys,” Corgan told bass player Nicole Fiorentino. He then quipped, “I stole Jessica Simpson from Tony [Romo].” Funny Stuff.
The band played for nearly two hours after opening sets by Ringo Deathstarr and Girl in a Coma, a pair of up-and-coming Texas bands. One complaint I had about the show was it was supposed to be an 8 p.m. start time, but when I walked in a little before 7:30, Ringo Deathstarr was already playing. Both bands seemed a little green, but also with a lot of potential.
Still, it was a great night of music. And I thoroughly enjoyed the Pumpkins. I wouldn’t hesitate to see them play again.
Lots more shows this week for me — Toad the Wet Sprocket (Thursday), Joan Osborne (Saturday), and Mark Cohn (Sunday). Come on back to the Front Row.