Oct 20, 2010 12:00AM

Smashing Pumpkins @ Big Top, Sydney

We review Smashing Pumpkins' gig in Sydney. Kind of.

It's remarkable the way that people will spend $90 on a ticket to see a band like Smashing Pumpkins, then stand about like stunned mullets. Between sneaky attempts to get backstage, we were seriously the only ones dancing. In fact, I was so focused on the moves I was busting out, that I can't recall exactly which songs Corgan whipped out (that's my excuse, and I'm sticking to it).

I can, however, tell you that many of the songs were from Smashing Pumpkins' latest album Teargarden by Kaleidyscope, with a couple of old hits sprinkled throughout. While the shiny face of Corgan is the only one remaining from the band's original lineup, (I assume) they've got the same energy they had when they first started.

I found this clip of the time that Smashing Pumpkins were on The Simpsons, and while it may be in Mexican and filmed by some weird fan in his lounge room, it still shows how a crowd should act at Smashing Pumpkins.

This is what I was like though:

Fun night. Two jerky thumbs up.

Words: Zac Bayly