SILLY BILLY!

Billy Corgan tells a Cape Town audience that Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera are the future...

SMASHING PUMPKINS frontman BILLY CORGAN joked with a South African audience last night (November 14) that when the band split in a matter of days, there are “still some other great acts out there; BRITNEY SPEARS

and CHRISTINA AGUILERA. The future of rock and dance”.

The show, at Cape Town’s Century City, marked the end of the band’s vast ‘Sacred And Profane’ World Tour, which they kicked off in April, and aside from two hometown shows in Chicago before the end of the year, effectively called time on Smashing Pumpkins.

However, the show found the band, and Corgan in particular, in a breezy mood. He joked continually with the audience, spoke about the fine local climate and talked about a recent safari he and James Iha had taken.

The band spun through a two hour set that tied some classic Pumpkins tunes with more recent material. They played two different versions of both ‘Today’ and ‘Everlasting Gaze’as well as ‘Heavy Metal Machine’, ‘Stand Inside Your Love’ and a set closing ‘1979’.

During the second and final encore Idha took over vocal duties to sing a traditional South African song.

Smashing Pumpkins bring the curtain down on their long, chequered career with a show at the United Centre Arena, Chicago on November 29 before moving to the Metro, one of the first places they played in the city, on December 2.