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- Posted on Jul 7th 2007 10:05PM by Melissa Olund
Keeping with the day's bands reunited theme, the Smashing Pumpkins brought their wall of sound to New York's Live Earth stage. Frontman Billy Corgan, looking one part mental patient and one part prison inmate, unleashed 'United States' from the band's new 'Zeitgeist' album on the crowd, meshing in 'The Star Spangled Banner' during his guitar solo. 'Bullet With Butterfly Wings' followed, played at punk-rock speeds with fellow original Pumpkin Jimmy Chamberlain furiously smashing away behind his 'kit. In what may have been a comment on the Live Earth proceedings, Corgan changed the lyrics, singing "Can you fake it for just one rock show?"
As the band shifted into the next song, Corgan cheekily introduced it as "Tar-an-too-lah," otherwise known as their current single, 'Tarantula.' He reminded the global audience that the band's new album is released on Tuesday, joking, "We know you're all gonna buy it, not illegally download it like you did all our other albums." Is Corgan's annoyance at filesharing the impetus for Smashing Pumpkins controversial decision to release 'Zeitgeist' in four different versions, each with an alternate bonus track? Only Billy knows for sure.
Closing with 'Today,' from 1993's breakthrough 'Siamese Dream,' Corgan thanked the New York crowd and bid them "God bless." Amen, Billy. Amen.