Last week, The Smashing Pumpkins played a special 30th anniversary show in Holmdel, New Jersey, that featured guest appearances from artists including Courtney Love and Deftones frontman Chino Moreno. In an Instagram post, Pumpkins leader Billy Corgan reflects on the show, and offers his gratitude to the guests and the fans.
Writing about Moreno’s performance of the Pumpkins song “Bodies,” which the band hadn’t played in 10 years, Corgan says he “gets chills” thinking about it.
“People are already asking me if we are going to collaborate, and I’m certainly down,” Corgan writes. “We love the Deftones, so that is nothing but respect to say if there was any interest in a mash-up.”
Love, meanwhile, joined the Pumpkins to perform “Bullet with Butterfly Wings” and the Hole songs “Malibu” and “Celebrity Skin,” both of which Corgan co-wrote. Her inclusion in the show was a bit of surprise, given that she and Corgan, who used to date, have had a rocky public relationship.
“With our history, good and indifferent, to stand together and celebrate anew means a lot,” Corgan writes of Love’s appearance. “Hole and SP did many a gig together, so we are forever bonded with music and yes, familial love.”
Corgan also gave a shout-out to each of the night’s guest performers: Sugar Ray singer Mark McGrath, AFI‘s Davey Havok, Joy Division and New Order bassist Peter Hook, and Dave Keuning and Mark Stoermer of The Killers.
“Hooky brought gravitas and history, Mark and Dave brought grace and power, Davey was incandescent, and Mark lit up the night,” Corgan writes.
The Smashing Pumpkins are currently on their Shiny and Oh So Bright tour, the band’s first run in nearly 20 years to feature original members Corgan, James Iha and Jimmy Chamberlin. Original bassist D’arcy Wretzky is not involved.
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