Smashing Pumpkins opened their reunion tour Thursday in Glendale, Arizona, where the band performed a 31-song setlist stocked with hits, “classic lineup”-era favorites and a surprise cover of Led Zeppelin‘s “Stairway to Heaven.”
Nestled between “Tonight, Tonight” and “Cherub Rock” on the setlist, Smashing Pumpkins delivered a faithful rendition of the IV track, which marked the first time Billy Corgan and company had performed the classic rock staple live.
With guitarist James Iha and drummer Jimmy Chamberlin (but not bassist D’Arcy) back in tow, Smashing Pumpkins dug out songs from their catalog that went unplayed live for the better parts of decades, including the first performance of Pisces Iscariot‘s “Blew Away” since 2000.
As promised, Smashing Pumpkins also avoided any material from their post-“classic lineup” albums and, for the encore, paired new reunion single “Solara” with a cover of “Baby Mine” from Dumbo. MORE