Smashing Pumpkins at Barclays Center

December 11, 2012

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: CC: @BillySound of the City
The @SmashingPumpkin closed out their tour last night at @BarclaysCenter, and The House List has pics:
Smashing Pumpkins Crowd Shot at Barclays #smashingpumpkins #newyork #nyc #brooklyn #sp #ba @ Barclays Center
Smashing indeed, @Billy. #pumpkins #brooklyn @ Barclays Center Farrell
The Smashing Pumpkins — Barclays Center — 12/10/12: Better than: No Smashing Pumpkins. Billy Corgan just kind… Wug
I saw the Smashing Pumpkins last night at the Barclays Center and wrote about it for the @VillageVoice: J. Sundermann
Smashing Pumpkins and stuff @ Barclays Center steward
First visit to Barclays Center, got to see The Smashing Pumpkins tonight #barclays #downto @ Barclays Center Zanghi
Smashing Pumpkins from the floor of the Barclays Center. Rodriguez
I forgot how much I love the Smashing Pumpkins @ Barclays Center
Watching Billy Corgan play some Smashing Pumpkins songs with strangers. @ Barclays Center
A teenage dream come true. Smashing Pumpkins with @themattlittle @ Barclays Center Little
Smashing Pumpkins still killing it…new members are impressive! #barclays #nyc #brooklyn #music #wherebrook
Smashing Pumpkins @ Barclays Center
Behind the blur: the Smashing Pumpkins… #hereisnowhy @ Barclays Center Brooklyn Brewery
The Smashing Pumpkins @ Barclays Center. Billy still soundin like Billy. 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
#barclays smashing pumpkins are pretty good!
Heyyyyy Smashing Pumpkins @ Barclays Center
Smashing Pumpkins! @ Barclays Center savan
Smashing Pumpkins 3D shoot at Barclays Center Harper

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