Billy Corgan Invites Heckler Onstage To Ridicule Him

Reviews of the Smashing Pumpkins’ two night stand in NYC last week haven’t been kind. “Things quickly fell off a cliff, bogged down by tuneless dirges like the reworked version of ‘Heavy Metal Machine’ and a noisy, directionless cover of Pink Floyd’s ‘Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun,’ said Rolling Stone. Matthew Perpetua of Fluxblog agrees those two tunes were “flat-out awful” and felt the encore (“a song that mixes disingenuous hippy-dippy ‘everyone is beautiful!’ lyrics with improvised sarcastic rants that outright diss the city you’re playing in, mock the fans for paying to see your band, and tell your visibly disappointed audience that you’ll see them in hell”) was “full-on douche-tastic passive-aggression.” And that was only night one.

The next day, Billy acknowledged the elephant in the theater by inviting a disgruntled attendee of Thursday night’s show onstage. “Last night’s show fucking sucked,” the kid complained. “We’re all good,” offered Billy, adding this juvenile rejoinder after the fan exited the stage: “By the way, I like that song you wrote — ‘Take Your Dick Out Of My Ass And Stick It In My Mouth.’ It was a big hit in Europe.” Ha ha. Ha? Video of the exchange below.

From the YouTube description: “I heard Billy was in a really bad mood on Thursday night. When he was leaving, he said he was never coming back to New York. “

Setlists via Fluxblog:

The Smashing Pumpkins @ United Palace 11/6/2008 (Black Sunshine)
Roctopus / Everybody Come Clap Your Hands / Tarantula / G.L.O.W. / Siva / Eye / Mayonaise / Tonight, Tonight / Speed Kills / Transformer / Superchrist / United States / Once Upon A Time / Again, Again, Again (The Crux) / The Rose March / Today / Bullet With Butterfly Wings / The Beginning Is The End Is The Beginning / Heavy Metal Machine (horrible new version) / Glass’ Theme / Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun // We Only Come Out At Night / Everything Is Beautiful

The Smashing Pumpkins @ United Palace, 11/7/2008 (White Crosses)
Ava Adore / Cupid de Locke / 1979 / 99 Floors / Owata / Sunkissed / Soma / Cherub Rock / Zero / Bodies / Crestfallen / I of the Mourning / Song For A Son / Landslide / Disarm / Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness / Galapagos / Gossamer / As Rome Burns / The Sounds Of Silence + Little Red Riding Hood metal dirge medley / The March Hare / Suffer / The March Hare (reprise) / Age of Innocence // That’s The Way (My Love Is) / I Am One, Part Two

The tour continues tomorrow in DC. Good luck.

11/11 – Washington, DC @ DAR Constitution Hall
11/12 – Washington, DC @ DAR Constitution Hall
11/14 – Boston, MA @ Citi Performing Arts Center
11/15 – Boston, MA @ Citi Performing Arts Center
11/16 – Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena
11/18 – Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theatre
11/19 – Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theatre
11/21 – Chicago, IL @ Auditorium Theatre
11/22 – Chicago, IL @ Auditorium Theatre
11/24 – Kansas City, MO @ Midland Theatre
11/25 – Kansas City, MO @ Midland Theatre
11/26 – Saint Louis, MO @ Fabulous Fox Theatre
11/29 – Las Vegas, NV @ Pearl Concert Theater
11/30 – La Jolla, CA @ RIMAC Arena
12/02 – Universal City, CA @ Gibson Amph. At Univ. CityWalk
12/03 – Universal City, CA @ Gibson Amph. At Univ. CityWalk

[Above photo by blainewad.]