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The Smashing Pumpkins
Date 1996-09-06
Venue Civic Arena
Location Pittsburgh, PA, US
Venue Type Arena
Capacity 14,600
Lineup Corgan, Iha, Wretzky, Walker, Flemion
Order of Bands Grant Lee Buffalo, The Smashing Pumpkins
Surfaced Recordings
AUD #1
Source AUD
Format ANA
Equipment Unknown
Length 127m
Complete? Yes
Lowest Circulating Generation ANA-? > CDR
Live Music Archive 16-bit download
Notes Tape flip after Fuck You, tape stopped between encores. Two separate ANA-? > CDR transfers circulate. Some versions may run slow.
Unsurfaced Recordings
SBD #1
Source SBD
Format ADAT
Equipment Unknown
Length ~125m
Complete? Yes
Notes Vault copy.



  • Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness (over PA)
  • Where Boys Fear to Tread
  • Zero
  • Cherub Rock
  • To Forgive
  • Tonight, Tonight
  • Today
  • Thru the Eyes of Ruby
  • Disarm
  • Bullet with Butterfly Wings
  • Fuck You
  • Porcelina of the Vast Oceans
  • Muzzle

Encore One:

  • In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida [Iron Butterfly] (tease)
  • Bury Me (tease)
    • Tristessa (tease)
    • Crush (tease)
    • Snail (tease)
    • Drown (tease)
    • Starla (tease)
    • Siva (tease)
  • Siva [5:47]
  • In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida [Iron Butterfly] (tease)
  • X.Y.U.
    • Communication Breakdown [Led Zeppelin] (tease)

Encore Two:

  • 1979
  • Bodies
  • Silverfuck [20:55]
    • Space Jam (tease)


  • Rescheduled from 1996-07-16
  • Disarm performed acoustic
  • 1979 with the Frogs


Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness Intro
> Where Boys Fear to Tread
> Zero
Cherub Rock
To Forgive
Tonight, Tonight
BC: Hi. Thanks for having us back here in your city.
Iha: City of, city of steel. We understand, we're the - we’re from the city of big shoulders, we respect the city of steel.
BC: Thanks very much for coming to our concert this evening. It's nice to see all of you.
Iha: What are you trying to play there?
BC: What now?
Iha: What are you trying to play there, what are you trying to play?
BC: This is a little liff - this is a little riff I wrote in my bedroom one day, I was just sitting around and...
Iha: (pretentious voice) Yes, yes.
BC: ...I was having a cup of cappuccino and....
Iha: (pretentious voice) You were talking with Dylan that day, weren't you?
BC: Yeah I talked to Dylan and...this little riff just came to me.
Planet of the Apes clip
> Thru the Eyes of Ruby
BC: Thank you. Alright, now that we're an oldies band, we'd like to play you some oldies. That girl was at our first show, hi, how are you doing?
Iha: And by the way, some people are getting crushed up in the front so move back a little bit.
BC: Yeah, as you people all can up here see, all these fuckers are crushed into like half the thing.
Iha: So try to be - try to be groovy, just love your sister and your brother.
BC: I'll tell you what, you all take a step back and we'll all go a step forward, that way we'll just all kinda...physics. Anyway...hope you're having a good time. I've had a lot of shit thrown at me, this is a new one, a Hefty bag, I like this concept. I'm not really sure what this means but I'm sure it's deep. This is a very complicated song, James, are you ready?
Disarm (acoustic)
Circus tape
> Bullet with Butterfly Wings
Fuck You
Porcelina of the Vast Oceans
BC: Thanks a lot. Yeah, it's been a pleasure to psychedelically jam for you this evening. In our set, we like to visit all of the nine planets, including that tenth one they just found. This is one of our favorite songs and I'd like to dedicate this to you for being so fucking cool. You're our favorite kind of people, we love you, thank you. You know we used to be negative but now we're positive.
Iha: Positively....
BC: No, I don't mean --
Iha: Positively disgusting.
BC: No, I don’t mean - yeah, yeah right, heh, we positively hate everything.
Iha: Now we’re - we're sure of it.
BC: Are you ready?
Iha: Ready to rock and roll!
BC: Do they even use that word anymore?
Iha: What?
BC: (laughing) Rock and roll. You can tell we're from the ‘80s.
[encore break]
Iha: Who was that? I don't know what that was.
BC: That guy, he obviously didn't know the rule that if you get up on our stage, we'll kick your ass.
In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida (abandoned after 5-6 notes)
BC: However, however, he will be getting a massage by a four hundred pound man so.... Look, this guy's got a sign: “Play something old.”
Iha: We are old, we're old already. What else do you want us to do?
BC: Check it out, we put out our - okay, wait, it's 1996, we put out our first record in 1991....
Iha: Right. We haven't played anything old though.
BC: Yeah but it's only five years.
Iha: Alright, well uh, let's go back to the ‘60s then.
BC: Just for you, just so you don't go on the fucking internet and tell everyone what an asshole I am, we will play you a medley of old hits.
Iha: Ready?
Bury Me (tease)
> Tristessa (tease)
> Crush (tease)
> Snail (tease)
Drown (tease)
> Starla (tease)
> Siva (tease)
Iha: Alright, thank you! Thank you. That was about seven really old songs in about a minute and a half.
BC: Now, uh, actually we were working on Siva and Matt hasn't totally learned it yet but I think with a little encouragement....
Iha: I - come on, everybody, come on, Matt! Come on, Matt! Say Matt! Matt Walker on the drums!
BC: We'll even go back to the old school, Hindu-esque intro.
BC: Thank you. That was from that old album.
Iha: That's - that from our first rock and roll album and uh, I know many of you don't own it but it's a good one. Full of songs and stories and love and well, sadness, it all comes back to sadness, we're very sad.
In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida (tease)
(Iha: We're very, heh, heh, we’re very sad to be here and it’s now time for James’s little corner. Now this song started off a long time ago, people, back in 1968 by a group, an unknown group, the song was called In the Garden of Eden but through some shenanigans of some sort, it became the classic In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida! Yes, yes, our roots go back to that. (Billy stops playing))
BC: Wait, hold on a second...
Iha: I’ll tell you what.
BC: Can you put the - can you put the house lights on? Alright. See that - see where the big hand is up there with the hole and everything?
Iha: What?
BC: Is that where Van Damme came through the ceiling?
Iha: Oh my god!
BC: That's where fuckin' Jean-Claude Van Damme came through the ceiling and saved the city of Pittsburgh.
Iha: Ladies and gentlemen, we’d like to bring.... Ladies and gentlemen, I didn't wanna say anything tonight, I know you're excited but Jean-Claude Van Damme is right there! Right - yes!! You - yeah you motherfucker, I love your movies.
In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida (abandoned after first 3 notes)
BC: This guy over here, he's masturbating to our comments.
Iha: What?
BC: He's masturbating, he's very upset, I don't understand.
Iha: Hey.
BC: I don't know what his t-shirt says but....
Iha: Dude, whatever you're doing, I don't wanna (laughing) see it tonight. So what - what was that all about?
BC: His shirt says “I'd rather be masturbating.”
Dennis Frog: Wow.
BC: I'm serious.
Iha: Well, you come to a psychopathic city and of course you get a psychopath.
BC: We're happy to represent the uh.... We're happy to represent the disenfranchised, the unhappy, the masturbating. We take it as a privilege and a courtesy to represent you and I hope this song means a lot to you.
Iha: Goes out to you!
BC: Or as we prefer, for you not to think of us while you're masturbating, only before and after.
In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida (tease)
(Iha: As I was saying, In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida.... So our relationship, Billy’s long lost uncle was the keyboard player in Iron Butterfly. So as a tribute to old Bobby Corgan, we - we send this song out to him in our love and appreciation for the band, it goes all the way back to ‘68, ‘69, god bless the band. Frank - oddly enough, my father was a flute player on the session, a young Hyoshi Iha, but he was not - they cut his flute solo out of the mix and subsequently we sued the band and that’s how me and Billy met!)
Iha: Now I know this is very interesting to all of you but let's rock, let's just rock.
BC: No wait. James didn't want me to bring this part up but...we all know how Mario Lemieux had to retire that one year because he wasn't feeling so good? It was James Iha who talked him into coming back to the Penguins. So when they bring the Stanley Cup back here to Pittsburgh, you can thank that man right there.
Iha: Let's go, let's go! ‘96, ‘97, come on!
> Communication Breakdown (tease)
[encore break]
Iha: [tape cuts in] ...he was a circus performer before we met him and he's been nice enough to accompany us on this song so let's all dance.
Iha: Ladies and gentlemen, ladies and gentlemen, Jimmy Frog, thank you very much. Yes, that was quite shocking, I was...quite myself. And now we board the spaceship, wave goodbye to planet Earth, life as we know it.
BC: Has everyone had a good time this evening?
Iha: People love rock music in Pittsburgh.
BC: We want you to have a good time, we appreciate you coming so much, I can't even tell you, thank you so much, we will now veer off into outer space.
Iha: Live long and prosper, live long and prosper. Just remember, there are life forms on other planets. Let's all get along though. Let's get along together on Earth and with those other life forms, 'cause...it's a hell of a night.
BC: I'd like to do a little dedication right now. I'd like to dedicate this song to a special someone who's in the building tonight, no it's not Jean-Claude Van Damme. Even though I know this person, this is not their favorite (laughing) song.
Iha: In fact, they hate this song.
BC: I love you just the same and uh...to you I dedicate this song. I dedicate this song to the person I love.
Iha: Wow. Could it be one of these...?
BC: Is it wrong that I love you?
Iha: But not on stage, not on stage! (knocks mic over)
BC: Come back my love, heh heh heh heh. Come back my love, heh heh heh. It's only right and natural. As you can see, ever since we won all those awards, we really don't care about form or function of the show anymore, we're just gonna ramble on.
Iha: Yes. We're sorry, we'll just be rock musicians.
BC: After all, we are in the controversial band the Smashing Pumpkins.
Iha: And you're from Pittsburgh!
BC: Oh yeah and also, I'd like to dedicate this song...we came here in 1991 and we met this girl and Jimmy was really - Jimmy, old Jimmy, the one who left the band, he was really mean to this girl and he made her cry so this song (laughing) goes out to her too. Sorry, just had to get that in. Alright! Are you ready to rock?
Iha: No more talk, just rock!
BC: There'll be no more speaking, goodnight!
> Silverfuck / Space Jam