Smashing Pumpkins at Barclays Center

The Smashing Pumpkins were supposed to play Barclays Center on Halloween, but Hurricane Sandy caused the show to be rescheduled to last night. As usual, folks tweeted photos and added their own commentary. Fans of Post Modern music got to take in the latest version of the band – leader Billy Corgan is the only remaining original member – and had mixed reviews.

Eric Sunderman writes in the Village Voice:

Seeing the Smashing Pumpkins now isn’t like seeing the Smashing Pumpkins in 1990. Or 1995. Or 1998. Or pretty much any other time in their 20-plus year history. Seeing the Smashing Pumpkins now is a bit like randomly running into that first love of yours from high school, but now that first love from high school has put on a little bit of weight, talks about “big” concepts like “love” and “hate” and “other bullshit” that just all sound pretentious, and still, despite being the one who broke up with you, unashamedly references the past and how good things were back then. And when you’re with this person from high school, you immediately remember: “Oh yeah. This is why we broke up. This person is a terrible.” But at the same time, you can’t prevent those old familiar feelings from coming to the surface. You get a taste of what things used to be like. You feel that subtle chemistry again. You remember the first time you kissed. You remember the first time you held hands. You remember the first time you locked eyes. Or in the case of seeing Billy Corgan walk on stage, you remember the first time you heard “Tonight, Tonight.”

Smashing Pumpkins at Barclays Center

Party like it’s 1999.

Storified by Brooklyn Bugle · Tue, Dec 11 2012 08:10:35

We saw Smashing Pumpkins last night at Barclays Center. Some thoughts about the evening: http://bit.ly/TNwkRi CC: @BillySound of the City
The @SmashingPumpkin closed out their tour last night at @BarclaysCenter, and The House List has pics: http://tbp.im/UwQZb6bowerypresents
Smashing Pumpkins Crowd Shot at Barclays #smashingpumpkins #newyork #nyc #brooklyn #sp #ba @ Barclays Center http://instagr.am/p/TGdRQbCKqT/nicksamberg
Smashing indeed, @Billy. #pumpkins #brooklyn @ Barclays Center http://instagr.am/p/TGcRazynpT/Courtney Farrell
The Smashing Pumpkins — Barclays Center — 12/10/12: Better than: No Smashing Pumpkins. Billy Corgan just kind… http://bit.ly/ZamZtrDJ Wug
I saw the Smashing Pumpkins last night at the Barclays Center and wrote about it for the @VillageVoice: http://bit.ly/TNwkRhEric J. Sundermann
Smashing Pumpkins and stuff @ Barclays Center http://instagr.am/p/TFgnMEtFtd/khalil steward
First visit to Barclays Center, got to see The Smashing Pumpkins tonight #barclays #downto @ Barclays Center http://instagr.am/p/TFgSFcNrfG/Jon Zanghi
Smashing Pumpkins from the floor of the Barclays Center. http://instagr.am/p/TFbHLdP6hH/Raphael Rodriguez
I forgot how much I love the Smashing Pumpkins @ Barclays Center http://instagr.am/p/TFQKC3BcnF/Carrier_Pigeon
Watching Billy Corgan play some Smashing Pumpkins songs with strangers. @ Barclays Center http://instagr.am/p/TFPcLIiVJ5/rebel_a
A teenage dream come true. Smashing Pumpkins with @themattlittle @ Barclays Center http://instagr.am/p/TFK5vMmjTI/Danielle Little
Smashing Pumpkins still killing it…new members are impressive! #barclays #nyc #brooklyn #music #wherebrook http://instagr.am/p/TFJgUKsRD1/Francescaaah
Smashing Pumpkins @ Barclays Center http://instagr.am/p/TFIBNxsLXN/spajennios
Behind the blur: the Smashing Pumpkins… #hereisnowhy @ Barclays Center http://instagr.am/p/TFGvwFt7g3/The Brooklyn Brewery
The Smashing Pumpkins @ Barclays Center. Billy still soundin like Billy. http://instagr.am/p/TFGNyTCIm0/Ryan Murphy
Barclays is a beautiful, friendly spaceship that serves fish tacos and Fatty’cue. And Smashing Pumpkins are together again. Delightful!Julie Sharbutt
The Smashing Pumpkins. 20 years late to this party. @ Barclays Center http://instagr.am/p/TFEzbxIRLJ/Bruce
#barclays smashing pumpkins are pretty good! http://pic.twitter.com/uOjDYajtgirafita
Heyyyyy Smashing Pumpkins @ Barclays Center http://instagr.am/p/TFDxRAOUOc/Stephanie
Smashing Pumpkins! @ Barclays Center http://instagr.am/p/TFDcsuIvw5/apeksha savan
Smashing Pumpkins 3D shoot at Barclays Center http://instagr.am/p/TFCe8ct93o/John Harper

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One Response to Smashing Pumpkins at Barclays Center

  1. Alex December 26, 2012 at 10:40 pm #

    I was never crazy about “Tonight, Tonight”, despite the awesome video and song. But I never heard it live (except Billy and his accoustic guitar on Howard Stern). It sounded sooo goooood! I had chills all over. The audience was a little sleepy I thought, but when that “accoustic” intro ended, and the song started blasting epic drums, orchestra, a perfect rendition of the album version with more intensity. everyone went crazy. Beautiful, powerful, incredible!

    Barclay’s center looked good outside. Other than that:
    - Acoustic was so so
    - Volume was waaaayyyyy too low! They had the gear. They were just being cheap (with power usage). The opening act, which sucked, was possibly louder than the SP’s show!
    - Wasn’t crazy about paying $13 for drops of the lowest-grade rhum with a little pepsi in a mini plastic cup.