BILLY CORGAN PLAYS ACOUSTIC GIG

Australian fans treated to rare stripped down show…

BILLY CORGAN played an intimate ‘stripped back’ acoustic show in SYDNEY last night (July 28), with a set including one track from post-SMASHING PUMPKINS project Zwan, plus rarities and songs from his debut solo album ‘THEFUTUREEMBRACE’.

As previously reported on NME.COM, the show was officially announced with just 12 hours notice – however, fans were tipped off by Corgan during a earlier Sydney gig, with a handful heading straight to The Marquee Club in Camperdown to queue overnight for the tickets.

Beginning with a cover of the Bee Gee’s classic ‘To Love Somebody’, the show before 400 fans consisted of two hour-long sets, with a jovial Corgan playing acoustically for the most part and occasionally backed by three members of his touring band. Admitting he’d “never played these songs acoustic before”, the star covered tracks including Slim Harpo’s 1957 hit ‘I’m A King Bee’ and AC/DC’s ’Long Way To The Top’, while incorporating The Doors’ ’Riders On The Storm’ and Split Enz ‘I Got You’ into other songs, and also playing rare live version of [a][/a]track ‘Died Of A Broken Heart’.

The setlist for the show at Sydney’s Marquee Club was as follows:

’To Love Somebody’

’DIA’

’Now (And Then)’

’The Camera Eye’

’I’m A King Bee’

’A100’

’Walking Shade’

’Pretty, Pretty Star’

’Bit 5’

’Mina Loy (M.O.H.)’

’I’m Ready’

’SET 2’

’Prairie Song’

’Straight Down The Line’

’Friends As Lovers Lovers As Friends’

’For Your Love’

’Riverview’

’Top Of The World’

’Joanna’

’Long Way To The Top’

‘Died Of A Broken Heart’

’You Were Mine’