Artist: Alice In Chains
Venue: Oakland, CA – The Fox Theater
Date: Jul. 24th, 2015
Gross Sales: $138,600
Attendance/Capacity: 2,800 / 2,800
Ticket Prices: $49.50
Artist: Alice In Chains
Venue: Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium
Date: Aug. 07th-08th, 2015
Gross Sales: $265,077
Attendance/Capacity: 4,506 / 4,506
Ticket Prices: $59.50, $49.50
Artist: The Smashing Pumpkins & Marilyn Manson
Venue: Las Vegas, NV – The Joint
Date: Jul. 10th, 2015
Gross Sales: $313,578
Attendance/Capacity: 4,136 / 4,136
Ticket Prices: $200, $135, $75, $59.50
Artist: Faith No More & Napalm Death
Venue: Austin, TX – Austin Music Hall
Date: Jul. 26th, 2015
Gross Sales: $165,937
Attendance/Capacity: 3,250 / 3,250
Ticket Prices: $52.50, $49.50
Artist: Melvins & Le Butcherettes
Venue: Chicago, IL – Double Door
Date: Jul. 08th, 2015
Gross Sales: $13,750
Attendance/Capacity: 550 / 550
Ticket Prices: $25
Alternative Nation attended a Smashing Pumpkins and Marilyn Manson concert last month. Read our review below!
Smashing Pumpkins and Marilyn Manson performed at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Irvine, CA last night for their second End Times tour show, and Alternative Nation was in attendance to review and photograph the concert.
Marilyn Manson went on at 8PM sharp, kicking off with “Deep Six.” Manson was very talkative during his hour long set, at one point explaining that his coat ‘cost him a blowjob.’ He also gave a shout out to his father, and then he started talking about a doctor who said he was crazy, but that crazy is good. He later talked about being a sinner, and said if he couldn’t be the devil he would join him by sin. He said he did not get beaten up by the devil, and that he also could not reach up and punch God. He then said, “If you want to say fuck Jesus, make it personal.” This led right into a cover of Depeche Mode’s “Personal Jesus.” He wore an American flag on his head during the “Personal Jesus” cover. He also thanked god for doing good and bad.
He also proclaimed, “People thought I was sarcastic when I said it, but rock ain’t fucking dead” leading into “Rock is Dead.” I read through all of these notes on Manson’s on stage banter to a couple of fans and to Alternative Nation reporter Elias Fulmer, and they seemed impressed that I managed to write all of this down in my iPhone notepad. Apologies for any inaccuracies.
Manson’s voice was strong for his heavy rockers like “Disposable Teens” and his scream sounded strong as ever. His voice was hit and miss during some more melodic verses with some mumbling, but his unique (and bizarre) rock and roll swagger made up for it. “The Dope Show” was definitely the highlight of his set.
In between Manson and The Smashing Pumpkins I picked up some food and saw a rogue bunny running around the venue. There was also a cute kitty cat on my Smashing Pumpkins photo pass that I hope to get signed someday by Billy Corgan’s cat Mr. Thom. Or maybe Diamond Baby? Or Angel Face? Tough choice. I need to make the puuuuurfect pick. Our reporter Elias then gave a letter he wrote to Billy Corgan to a security guard, who claimed Billy got it. We’re fully expecting a response letter to publish on Alternative Nation.
The Pumpkins, with Jimmy Chamberlin back in the fold, went on at just after 9:30. I had previously seen The Smashing Pumpkins 4 times (September 2007 on the Zeitgeist tour, December 2008 on the 20th anniversary tour, and October 2012 on the Oceania tour), and with all due respect to Mike Byrne, the Pumpkins did not have the same sense of power the time I saw them in 2012 without Jimmy Chamberlin. While the Pumpkins’ 2008 show I saw (one of their last with Chamberlin at the time) featured some ridiculous stuff like a 20 minute Pink Floyd cover and a kazoo encore, Corgan and Chamberlin’s chemistry somehow made it work (except for the fans in the audience who just wanted to hear “The World Is A Vampire” on repeat).
The set kicked off with three hits: “Cherub Rock,” “Bullet With Butterfly Wings,” and “Tonight, Tonight.” Corgan thanked the audience and said, “As you know the more I talk, the worse it gets, so I’m just going to play music tonight.” The setlist featured many hits from the band’s career mixed in with new songs, and this was a very smart move. Corgan has challenged audiences in the past by playing 30 minute jams (“Gossamer”) and debuting a new album live front to back (Oceania), and while those were brave endeavors, it seems like the Pumpkins found the right mix setlist wise with this show to please an amphitheater/arena audience, while avoiding becoming a nostalgia act like most non-Pearl Jam Grunge bands have become. Corgan played several seminal hits while also working in the best new songs from Monuments to an Elegy. The mix really worked when “Run2Me” and “1979” were played back to back. The songs compliment each other, and surrounding newer songs with hits that are in the same sonic range really seemed to help the newer songs fit seamlessly into the set. “One and All” also had a lot of passion, with Jimmy Chamberlin really pushing Corgan. Corgan’s vocals in general were on point the entire show, even moreso than the other times I’ve seen.
Jeff Schroeder ripped during the “Ava Adore” solo. Schroeder has really grown into becoming a key part of the band, so much so that I don’t see why anybody would want James Iha to return to replace him. James was a key part of the original lineup’s chemistry, but Jeff Schroeder is the best guitar player The Smashing Pumpkins can have in 2015. His chemistry he has built with Corgan in the last 8 plus years was apparent during the acoustic “Landslide” cover, and the track was one of the highlights of the show.
The new, somewhat poppier version of “The Everlasting Gaze” was another highlight, it really breathed new life into a 15 year old song, and made it work in a way where Corgan didn’t have to try and scream constantly pretending like he was still 30. The chemistry of the band’s new lineup (Corgan, Schroeder, Chamberlin, and bassist Jack Bates) really blossomed during “Thru the Eyes of Ruby.” “United States” closed the main set, and it was further proof that Jimmy Chamberlin is still the greatest drummer in the world. It might have been the loudest song I’ve ever heard at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Irvine.
The band then returned for the encore, and Billy Corgan introduced his bandmates. He joked that after “1979” was performed, the Laker fans left (the Los Angeles Lakers are an NBA basketball team for readers who don’t follow sports). He then clarified that he meant ‘the third quarter Laker fans,’ and not all Laker fans. Corgan then said he was going to make a Deandre Jordan joke (Jordan is a Los Angeles Clippers player), but he was deciding against it. He then joked that Jordan had signed with his hometown Chicago Bulls, in reference to Jordan recently backing out of a deal with the Dallas Mavericks. Corgan then said Marilyn Manson isn’t a sports fan, followed by praising his ‘brother.’ The Pumpkins then closed their show with a visceral performance of “Geek USA,” followed by a jovial Corgan greeting fans before he left.
Jimmy Chamberlin’s drumming is the balls of The Smashing Pumpkins, and even with the core of the band (Corgan, Chamberlin, and Schroeder) all being over 40, the Pumpkins are still capable of rocking harder than most bands half their age. I was very hesitant to see the Pumpkins without Chamberlin during his 6 and a half years away (which is why I only saw them once), and this show was further proof that Billy Corgan and Jimmy Chamberlin need to stick together for good this time. With Jeff Schroeder in tow, that trio can make The Smashing Pumpkins a live act to be reckoned with even as they near 30 years into their career.
Overall The End Times show was very enjoyable, and it felt a lot more vital than other tours featuring other 90’s bands touring together. Manson and the Pumpkins seemed to have a big cross section audience (unfortunately full of aging Gen X’ers, Billy is going to need to write his own “American Idiot” to get some ladies besides the cougars coming out) so the audience loved the show. Our reporter Elias told me after the Pumpkins’ set, “That was straight spiritual, and I don’t even like using that word.” Rock ain’t fucking dead.