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The Smashing Pumpkins
Date 1996-11-01
Venue Hartford Civic Center Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Location Hartford, CT, US
Venue Type Arena
Capacity 16,500
Lineup Corgan, Iha, Wretzky, Walker, Flemion
Order of Bands Garbage, The Smashing Pumpkins
Surfaced Recordings
AUD #1
Source AUD
Format ANA
Equipment built-in > Walkman
Length 90m
Complete? No
Lowest Circulating Generation ANA-2 > CDR
Live Music Archive 16-bit download
Notes Tape flip in Porcelina of the Vast Oceans, tape garbled during Bullet with Butterfly Wings and second encore, recording ends during 1979. ANA-2 > DAT-M > SHN transfer also circulates.
Unsurfaced Recordings
SBD #1
Source SBD
Format ADAT
Equipment Unknown
Length ~120m
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
  • Porcelina of the Vast Oceans
    • Rocket (tease)
  • Disarm
  • Bullet with Butterfly Wings
  • Fuck You
  • Drown [5:45]
    • Hummer (tease)

Encore One:

  • X.Y.U.

Encore Two:

  • (disco improv)
  • 1979
  • Silverfuck


  • Disarm performed acoustic
  • improv and 1979 with the Frogs


Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness Intro
Where Boys Fear to Tread
Cherub Rock
To Forgive
“Thank you for participating” tape
> Tonight, Tonight
BC: Hellooo? (screaming) Hello!! (normal voice) We are the Smashing Pumpkins, thank you very much for coming to the rock concert.
Iha: [unintelligible but possibly “Hello” in a high pitched voice].
BC: My uh, my ears are all screwed up so if you see me doing this kind of - this kind of stuff, I'm not yawning, it’s uh, I can't hear shit but anyway!
Iha: Woo! He can't hear, woo! Woo! Wow.
BC: So we hope you all have a good time, um.... I'm not really sure why all of you have to be so far away, we don't really understand this part of it but...we can see you, you are out there, we know you are.
Iha: And we know that you guys are rockin'.
BC: Even though we are blind, deaf and dumb, we can hear and feel you so we thank you very much.
> Planet of the Apes clip
> Thru the Eyes of Ruby
Porcelina of the Vast Oceans / Rocket
BC: Thank you very much. Is everybody alright? That was the uh, the psychedelic portion of the show, you have survived that.
Iha: Was it far out? [unintelligible word]. And now, we move on to the plaintive, emotional, acoustic portion of the show.
BC: For those of you who weren't already falling asleep, this is now a good time to take a nap.
Disarm (acoustic)
Circus tape
> Bullet with Butterfly Wings
Fuck You
BC: Thank you very much.
> Hummer (tease)
[encore break]
BC: Thank you very much, you guys are really great, thank you.
Iha: You people of Hartford are rocking! I hope, I hope we’re not too psychedelic for you tonight now.
BC: We have to apologize a little bit, uh, I'm sick, D'arcy's sick and um, we're trying really hard to not be sick but you know how it is, you can't really help being sick, so thank you so much for everything. Whoa, heh heh.
Iha: Wow.
BC: Heh heh heh, hey.
Iha: [2 unintelligible words]?
BC: No, wait, who are those people way up there at the top, they’re like - no, those people like by the ceiling, who are those people?
Iha: (British accent) Those are the - the chosen ones.
BC: Those are the kids whose parents own skyboxes.
Iha: Okay.
BC: And thanks again for a great concert, we appreciate you very much, I hope you all can hear me, we know you guys are there. And now, one last cyber jam to implode your still growing fetal minds. This one's called (whispered) X...Y...U.
[encore break]
Iha: Ladies and gentlemen, thank you. Now, I know this may be shocking to you people of Hartford but we have brought a special guest. All the way from Milwaukee, of the Frogs, Jimmy Frog! Hey. Okay, a nice round of applause for Jimmy fuckin’ Frog. Okay, now, his brother, on the keyboards, Dennis Frog! Whoa. A nice round of applause for Dennis Frog and uh, the moment you've been waiting for.
BC: Wait. The guy who plays drums?
Iha: Yo. The guy who plays drums, ladies and gentlemen, can I have a warm round of applause for Matt “Cosmo” Walker?! Oh my god, he's crazy.
BC: Jimmy, would you like to say something to the good people?
Jimmy Frog: Tonight we're gonna do something different, gonna pick some dancers out of the crowd to dance. So who can do the [unintelligible]?
Iha: That's real novel.
BC: Yes it's time to, it’s - heh heh heh, yes, it's time to pick the dancers to join us on stage.
Iha: Audience participation.
BC: Jimmy shall pick the dancers.
Iha: Jimmy, you go find those people. (Matt starts a disco beat and Dennis joins in) Aw yeah, people of Hartford, put it up in the air like you just don't fucking care! Jump around! Yeah! Come on, let's get those hands up, let's see those hands. Let's jump for joy, people, jump for joy, here we are.
BC: Who shall be dancing? Oh, they're already dancing.
Iha: Oh my god, they're out of control.
BC: Who shall dance?
Iha: Who shall dance? Who shall it be? Wow, we got some funky people up here tonight. Jimmy! Who shall be the dancers? Here we wind it down.
BC: Yes, it's become a tradition.
Iha: Yes, here we go.
BC: You wouldn't think it but yes, we do have a dance song now and...all we're trying to do is get it together, open our arms to the boogie-ing beat.
Iha: We're just trying to get it on with you people and uh....
BC: Let's take some - heh heh, oh my god, I can't talk. Let's take some time to meet the dancers.
Iha: Yes, let’s.
BC: Please come over here.
Iha: Okay.
BC: Heh heh. Please tell -- ugh, my god, I cannot talk. Please tell everyone who you are and where you're from.
Girl #1: Hi, I'm Cindy, I'm from New Mexico.
BC: New Mexico?! Is that Connecticut? What the fuck are you doing up here? No, I'm just joking. We try to pick...
Iha: Locals.
BC: ...local people but it's Jimmy's fault.
Iha: Blame...Jimmy.
BC: Please tell everyone who you are and where you're from.
Girl #2: My name is Lauren Michaud and I'm from Weathersfield, Connecticut!
Iha: Well...you’re obviously out of control.
BC: Same questions, my man.
Guy #3: I'm Rob and I'm from Bristol, Connecticut.
Iha: Well, good luck to Rob.
Guy #3: Thank you.
Iha: He’s got some ‘tude.
BC: Alright, dancers...
Iha: Two rules.
BC: ...and I use the word loosely.
Iha: Two rules.
BC: We have two rules for our dancers...and these are serious rules.
Iha: These are serious rules.
BC: Breaking the rules will cause me to hit you over the head with my guitar.
Iha: Hit you in the head with a guitar.
BC: The rules are...don't touch us and don't touch our shit.
Iha: Alright.
BC: Besides that, go fucking crazy for all I care.
Iha: Now, good people of Connecticut, those of you who could not be on stage, we encourage you, for any of those who have gone to college, dance on stage but in your mind. That's right, in your mind. Now let's all have fun and dance, goddammit.
1979 (with Jimmy Flemion)
BC: Thank you, dancers. [tape ends]

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